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About Tom

Tom Chambers is a nice fellow with a plethora of strings to his intellectual bow. With degrees in Chemistry, Law, Computer Science and Philosophy, he is also an avid fan of history and the growth of civilization. He also enjoys arm wrestling and leg wrestling.

Important Archaeological Finds – Via del Tritone

An important archaeological find has been unearthed at Via del Tritone just off Via del Corso in the centre of Rome.  An entire Roman neighbourhood has been found by archaeologists ahead of major construction work to expand the premises of … Continue reading

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Roman Emperors Did Not Die In Their Beds…

How Roman Emperors die: History repeats itself……. The Julio-Claudian Emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero   If we look closely at the lives of Roman emperors, and there have been over 80 of them, it is amusing to notice … Continue reading

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Caesar Augustus Exhibition

The Scuderie del Quirinale marks the 2,000th anniversary of Augustus’s death with a Caesar Augustus Exhibition that tells the extraordinary life story of the adopted son and great-nephew of Julius Caesar.  The 40-year reign of Augustus was the longest in … Continue reading

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Egyptian Rome: The Obelisks

One of Rome’s nicknames is ‘the city of obelisks’. If we talk about ancient obelisks in general, in Rome there are 13, but only 8 of them are originally Egyptian, while 5 are ancient Roman copies. According to some, others … Continue reading

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The Vatican Before Christianity

Many have seen the awe-inspiring beauty of the Vatican but few can imagine the Vatican before Christianity.  When we talk about the ‘Vatican’, we all think about the hill on which stands the Vatican City, the headquarters of the Catholic … Continue reading

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The Most Evil Roman Emperor..?

When one tries to decide who the most evil Roman Emperor was, then one has a very tough task. Notable candidates include Diocletian who martyred at least 3000 Catholic Christians in some of the most painful ways possible, or Tiberius … Continue reading

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Murder of Julius Caesar

Recently, in our post about 4th September in Ancient History, we spoke of the Fall of the Roman Empire, and made the point that this is not to be confused with the Fall of the Roman Republic, which is generally … Continue reading

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Today in Ancient History … 4 September … Fall of Rome

There are entire books written on the Fall of Rome and when it might be deemed to occur.  The most accepted date proposed by historian Edward Gibbon however is 4th September 476 – the day that the last western Roman … Continue reading

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Buffalo Bill in Rome: A first-hand account of a visit to the Coliseum, and a meeting with Pope Leo XIII

Few know that in 1890, Rome hosted Buffalo Bill’s ‘Wild West Circus’. We actually have a detailed account of those days spent in the Eternal City. In a booklet entitled ‘Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of … Continue reading

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10 Interesting Facts About the Romans

What have the Romans ever done for us?  Perhaps this list of 10 interesting facts about the Romans will help you see their effect on our lives and also how their lives differed from ours… 1. Blondes Have More Fun … Continue reading

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