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What Spooked the Ancient Romans? Posted by on Oct 20, 2016


Salvete Omnes! With Halloween just around the corner let us take a look at what the Ancient Romans were afraid might be under their beds… so to speak. The Ancient Romans were a very suspicious people. They lived in constant watch in the world from signs from the gods and of the future, it would…

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The Hair of the Ancient Romans Posted by on Oct 12, 2016

A young woman sits while a servant fixes her hair with the help of a cupid, who holds up a mirror to offer a reflection, detail of a fresco from the Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii, c. 50 BC. Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! This week we’re going to focus on the fashions of the Ancient Romans, specifically the way they styled their hair through the generations of fashion and faux pas. Studying the hairstyles seems hardly a dignified task for a historian or for a Latin language-enthusiast, but gaining insight into these ancient trends can be quite interesting…

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A Day of Debate at the Senate Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

Cesare Maccari (1840–1919) "Cicero Denounces Catiline" Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! If you’re in America or if you live anywhere which has media coverage for America you might be feeling quite surrounded by coverage and speculations concerning the Presidential debates. Let’s take a break from modern, televised debates of today and instead look back at the practice, and, indeed, the art of debating in Classical…

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The Autumnal Equinox: Astronomy in Rome Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

This picture was taken the 23th September 2011 Equinox at 7:21 am. It shows how the sun projects a exact linear shade at equatorial line. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Salvete Omnes! We’re now officially into Fall! So let’s take a closer look at the Latin and Classical History behind the Autumnal Equinox. The Equinox You may have heard that the first day of Fall is marked by the “equinox” at some point in your life, you may have learned what it was, but then…

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Being an Actor in Ancient Rome Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Roman mosaic depicting actors and an aulos player (House of the Tragic Poet, Pompeii) (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Salvete Omnes! After the Emmy’s this weekend, where we have seen actors and actresses honored and pampered, so we’re gonna be looking at the life of actors in Ancient Rome and just how different it was for them. Ancient Roman plays were almost always performed during ludi (“games”). Because the Ancient Romans did not have…

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