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  1. To say that the stories of Arthur are enduring and popular is an understatement. Second only to Jesus as the Once and Future King, he has become iconic in english culture, and so potent was Arthurian mythos that had the elder son of Henry VII survived, he would have been crowned Arthur II. Chris Barber's King Arthur - A Mystery Unravelled, is another attempt to identify the man behind more than a thousand years of storytelling....

    ...continue to the review of  King Arthur: The Mystery Unravelled by Chris Barber

  2. Mark Tedesco’s I am John, I am Paul gives life to a story about which little is known: who were the men to whom the Basilica of John and Paul are dedicated? The story is told as a memoir from John’s point of view, as the story of his life in the legions, how he came to his relationship with Paul, and how they came to practice Christianity. The style is conversational and straightforward, with notations about the Latin meanings as needed. These notations alternate between footnotes and parenthetical asides, the latter tending to draw the reader out of the story, but they are useful for one not versed in Roman history...

    ...continue with the review of I am John I am Paul A Story of Two Soldiers in Ancient Rome by Marc Tedesco


  3. Okay, so maybe I’m not the best person to be reviewing this book. It’s written for young readers, which is a group that I’m definitely not a member of. I’m much closer to life’s second round of diapering than to its first! But tough titties, as we used to say when I was a member of that age cohort. I read it, I enjoyed it, and now I’m gonna review it! And anyway, as my wife likes to point out, I’ve got a lot of twelve-year old in me!

    This book reminded me of the adventures contained in the pages of the Scholastic Book Club books that I devoured as a wee lad. Of course, I don’t really remember any of those books. But it was the feeling! And this book has all of those elements – smart, brave young protagonists, exotic locales, appropriately sanitized villains, and, most of all, adventure! Oh – and crocodiles...

    ...continue to the review of  Crocodile Legion - A Roman Adventure by SJA Turney

  4. in the german wiki entry it says that he was the son of Baudogast (according to John of Antioch) and they lived east of the Rhine at the non occopied part of Germania, nothing about Galatia...

    ...also something that doesnt come across as clear in english is that in german the fact that he was non christian, but had excellent contact with Ambrosius and other high ranking christians. He also benefited that at the time high ranking romans like  Symmachus und Nicomachus Flavianus where non christians themselves, and that Eugenius even though christian was very tolerant towards pagans...




  5. Author and historian John D. Grainger tells the story of the Seleucid empire, and as is only fitting for an empire of this size, he tells it in not one but three books – The Rise of the Seleukid Empire, the Seleukid Empire of Antiochus III, and The Fall of the Seleukid Empire. Each of these books is some 250 pages long, and each can be read as a separate volume in its own right, though of course, doing so causes one to miss the entire grand sweep of the author's project...

    ...continue to the review of  The Rise and Fall of the Seleukid Empire by J. Grainger


  6. It’s hard to forget just how connected the world is nowadays. In ancient times, most people would be blissfully unaware of the entire world outside their local community. The average Chinese, for instance, would have never known that elsewhere on the globe, a glorious people called the Romans ruled over a massive empire. But the Chinese scholars were well aware of the Romans. ..

    via ZME Science

  7. On 3.2.2006 at 11:12 PM, Viggen said:

    I am roman catholic and pretty comfortable with it, I am happy to believe in what i believe but on the other hand leave those that believe in other things alone, because I am not a missionary, well ok i am on a mission, but to get me to elysium in the end ;)




    ...so, 11 years on. I left the catholic church about 3 years ago. Didnt see eventually any point in being in a club you never attend, dont care and still have to pay membership fees!

  8. ...fascinating article,

    The Augustan-era geographer Strabo also mentioned these tamers of the crocodile: "When crocodiles were brought to Rome to be exhibited, they were attended by some of the Tentyritæ. A reservoir was made for them with a sort of stage on one of the sides, to form a basking-place for them on coming out of the water, and these persons went into the water, drew them in a net to the place, where they might sun themselves and be exhibited, and then dragged them back again to the reservoir." Possible depictions of these men are often seen in the popular Nilotic scenes from the late Republic and early empire, the most famous of which is called the Palestrina mosaic, from a city just to the East of Rome. 

    via Forbes

  9. In The Second Jewish Revolt: The Bar Kokhba War, 132-136 C.E., Menahem Mor offers a detailed account in an attempt to better understand the uprising against the Romans. Mor is Professor of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. He has published monographs and articles on Jewish history during the Second Temple Period. In his Introduction to The Second Jewish War he explains that it is an updated version in English of his volume The Bar Kokhba Revolt: Its Extent and Effect published in Hebrew in 1991. He was compelled to write the new book because of the sheer amount of new research now available, in particular information extracted from documents found in refuge caves near the Dead Sea.

    ...continue to the review of The Second Jewish Revolt by Menahem Mor