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5 Outrageous Things Ancient Romans Ate Posted by on Feb 28, 2019

Salvete Omnes! I have been thinking constantly about food lately due to Valentines Day as well as New Year’s Resolutions. And how even the most dauntingly of culture and language immersion are often made easier through meal and food. As some may say – “Food is universal.” But is this true? Would really want to…

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The History of Kissing: The Ancient Roman Fascination Posted by on Feb 8, 2017

Salvete Omnes! With February starting up some of us might be thinking about that infamous day of love, St. Valentines Day. Whether or not we are looking forward to it, forgetting it, or ignoring it, let us take a look at one of the romantic activities that fascinated the Ancient Romans. Every culture in any…

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Suetonius: Ancient History or Ancient Gossip? Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

Salvete Omnes! Today, let’s take a look at some of the most popular and sensational sets of biographries that have survived since the time of the Romans. That would be the 12 books of the De vita Caesarum (literally “About the Life of the Caesars”) compiled and written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, usually known as Suetonius. Suetonius’…

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Janus: Gates to the Past and the Future Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

Salevete Omnes! Right now, as the new year kicks back into full swing a lot of us are probably thinking about what the new year has to offer. We are thinking about time; the time ahead of us and the time that has just passed. As we reflect on 2016 we are all looking forward…

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Amor Fati: Stoicism in Rome Posted by on Nov 16, 2016

Salvete Omnes! I hope we are all doing well this week! This week, let us take a look at the ancient philosophy of the Stoics. Although Stoicism is generally a Hellenistic philosophy, Ancient Rome picked up the teachings and ways of thinking towards the end of its popularity and have helped preserve the teachings The…

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Elections in Ancient Rome Posted by on Nov 9, 2016

Chances are, no matter where you are, you have heard about the election in the United States. While the country is dealing with the results of their votes, we might want to ponder the history of elections and democracy that have influenced the makeup of the United States. Although the Romans are famous for the…

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Julius Caesar: Father of the Leap Year Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

First and foremost, hello everyone and Happy Leap Year! Julius Caesar was behind the origin of leap year in 45 BC. The early Romans had a 355 day calendar and to keep festivals occurring around the same season each year- a 22 or 23 day month was created every second year. TALK ABOUT CONFUSING! The calendar…

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