Category Archives: Ancient History

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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Ancient Temple Discovered in Central Rome

Archaeologists working for the city of Rome, together with colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of Calabria, have unearthed the remains of an archaic temple dating back to the 6th century B.C. Discovered on Via Petroselli in … Continue reading

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Today in Ancient History… 9th August

Closed doors and open windows….   Today in Ancient History – 9th August – the emperor Trajan died from a stroke at Selinus in Asia Minor in the year 117.  A particular landmark in Rome is Trajan’s Column – a … Continue reading

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Today in Ancient History…25th July

Today in Ancient History on 25th July, Emperor Constantius died at York in the year 306 A.D. In Rome, in the ancient Trastevere district, there was the Furrinalia Festival for the Earth-mother-goddess-wife of Neptune, with public sacrifices on the Janiculum … Continue reading

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Civilization – Kenneth Clark

Whet your appetite for the type of information, sights and sounds that a program from Eternal City Education can offer by watching the BBC’s “Civilization” series presented by Kenneth Clark…     Visit the Apply Now page to join one … Continue reading

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Today in History…Mary Affirmed as Theotokos – Mother of God

Today in 431 AD, the Council of Ephesus, led by St Cyril of Alexandria, confirmed the Catholic Creed of Nicea against the heresy of Nestorius and decreed that Jesus Christ is God and Man in one person.  Nestorius held that … Continue reading

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