8.25.2015

Today In 383: Gratian Died




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8.09.2015

Today In 378: Valens Died




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7.04.2015

Benedict Arnold Plaque, London

It's become a family tradition to take visiting relatives to the Benedict Arnold plaque, and snap a photo of them in front of it ...

62 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8HW  - map


Happy 4th of July!


5.31.2015

Today In 455: Petronius Maximus Died




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5.01.2015

Today In 305: Maximian Abdicated

... as augustus in favour of Constantius Chlorus, and retired to southern Italy. He later made a come-back with his son Maxentius, although their civil war ultimately failed.

They are both linked to the villa at Piazza Armerina - see here - and it seems likely to have dated to the period during which he retired.




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Today In 305: Galerius Became Emperor





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4.16.2015

Today In AD 69: Otho Died




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4.12.2015

Today In 467: Anthemius Became Emperor




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4.11.2015

RIP Nimrud

This time the destruction is total, the site leveled by explosives.

Today in 145: Septimius Severus Born

He was born in North Africa, but to a Roman family that had settled there - this has led to him being labelled an African emperor, and discussion of his race. I've discussed the only surviving painted portrait of him here: PhDiva: Ancient Painted Portraits 101. Whether his skin was depicted darker because of his race or because it was the convention to depict men as darker than women I will leave up to the reader.




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4.08.2015

British Museum: MacGregor Out

British Museum - Neil MacGregor to step down:

Neil MacGregor to step down as Director of the British Museum at the end of 2015

Today In 217: Macrinus Became Emperor




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Today In 217: Caracalla Died

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia Regum Britanniae 5.2–3 Caracalla was a king Britain. According to Caracalla himself, he was the new Alexander the Great, hence his plans to invade Parthia. According to the Romans around him he was ... put it this way, he was assassinated.



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