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  1. Crispina

    Meet The Romans With Mary Beard

    I don't suppose we'll be lucky enough to view this over here in US.
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    Dreamed I was in Rome

    Last night I dreamed I was on vacation in Rome, Italy. Not only that but I was on vacation with the Clark family from "National Lampoon's European Vacation" movie! They didn't exactly identify themselves as such, but I knew that was who they were. We walked around Rome and had a great time. And the very best part - I visited the grave of Spartacus! :lol: It was in the middle of a stone courtyard and had a small, block of old marble for a headstone and had a carving of a gladiator on it. Then I was home and talking to some lady about my trip at a gas station, when the attendant told me I still owed $500 for the Rome hotel room bill. I gave him my AAA Card by mistake instead of my credit card. Best dream EVER. Did I mention I've never been to Rome?
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    Dreamed I was in Rome

    Oh, and yes it was the one with the archaeologist. I watch the show most often when it features Italy, France or anywhere in Europe. The tropical locales don't interest me. The one thing that bugs me is that potential home buyers expect the same type and size of house or apartment they left in the USA. I admit it might take me some time to get used to the bath facilities in some foreign countries.
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    Dreamed I was in Rome

    The year I was due to retire from my job, I bought the book, "Living and Working in Italy" by Nick Daws, copyright 2001, and read it at my "newly appointed duty" as the telephone operator in the building (on top of all my other duties in the office). I was so ticked off at administration, and every time they walked by they saw this book and kept saying, "Are you really going to quit us and move to Italy???" ha ha. I wish. I never told them one way or the other. The book has loads of information and I quickly realized a person has to have a certain amount of fortitude to leave out the dream to move to a foreign country. Unfortunately, that isn't me.
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    Dreamed I was in Rome

    I dream alot and they are usually very vivid. Last night's dream could have been influenced by an episode of House Hunters International that I watch last night.
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    Odd Musical Tastes

    Oh those Japanese and their anime.
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    Happy Birthday Viggen

    Birthday time again? Happy Birthday!
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    Julia Domna's Hairstyle: Wig v. Natural

    Well, now THAT was a refreshing and interesting topic. I'm amazed. Sewing? Who would have thought? I read the article, but I'm not sure if she said that she read ancient Roman records on hair styling and I missed it. And the fact that there were no known "hair salons" is something to think about. I should think it could have been offered at the baths? or were ornatrices too rare and thus only for the rich as Ms.Stephens mentioned. Thank you for a great post.
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    What's the last thing you saw/heard/played etc. ?

    I bookmarked the site. Thanks.
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    Happy Birthday Klingan

    Happy Birthday.
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    Visit to the Louvre

    Thank you, very interesting about the large statue, slide #119. That is something I thought of - different heads being placed on statues, especially slide #80. It appears as though an older man thought he would look a bit better with the body of a beautiful youth? ha I'm probably wrong. Also, slide #281 I thought was of the man tied to the tree. But thank you for your description of the child fighting the cane. Who is the man tied to the tree? I will definitely check out your other gallery of photos.
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    Visit to the Louvre

    I looked at them all. Fascinating. The faces look so real, some you almost expect to see breathe. I read one time that a theory is that a wax mask was made of the person and then somehow used as a guide for the sculpture? or even a concrete was poured into the wax mold? of course this wouldn't have been the case for the ones of marble. Just beautiful. Questions: can someone tell me what if of any importance is depicted in the sculpture of the two figures in slide #119? and also of the scene in slide #281? And I think I've asked this before, but how do you suppose the majority of these wonderful pieces were found? actually dug from the ground? It just amazes me how well they are preserved. Sometimes I even feel a little sad when I look on the faces because you know they were actual living and breathing people, what were their stories? We'll never know.
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    Visit to the Louvre

    Thank you!
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    The Origins of Valentines

    Our own Cleveland Cavaliers say it better. http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/video/2012/02/14/valentine120214-2004052/index.html Wouldn't it be great to come across some of those "handmade paper cards" from the Middle Ages?
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    The Big Freeze

    I was wondering how things were going over there. Frozen water pipes? Something we live with every winter here, but about 4yrs. ago I had my water pipes changed from the ancient galvanized to copper and moved them away from the stone foundation of the house and had them run along the center of the basement ceiling. Then I wrapped foam insulation around them and especially the inside lines from the well to the water pump and water tank. BIG difference. The hot water line to the kitchen sink still freezes in single digit temps or when really cold wind blows on that side of the house but doesn't stay that way long. Anyhow, sorry for your bad luck because it's always big $$$ for those type of fixes.
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    Roman Dwellings

    Yes, in or close by to the kitchen. I remember seeing this frequently in photos of the houses in Pompeii via a fantastic web site, the link of which was posted here and I have since lost. The web site listed the buildings of Pompeii and corresponding photos, someone walked the site and recorded and photographed them.
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    Apicius and his cookbook

    Artimi, are you thinking of doing a "Julia and Julie" with Apicius's cookbook? Wouldn't that be interesting? Then you could come here and post the results or you could start a blog!
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    Spartacus: Vengeance

    How exactly does Lucretia survive that blood bath? I couldn't believe when I saw Lawless's character in the previews. What was the purpose of resurrecting her? Poor Andy. I might try and watch the first episode though.
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    Lost Ships of Rome

    I saw that doc before, but thanks for posting because I found some other good ones to watch on that page.
  20. (In Falco, there is frequent mention of a journal that in context would be equivalent to a newspaper/newsletter. I seem to remember it
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    Happy Birthday Northern Neil

    Hope you have a very good birthday.
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    Happy Birthday Docoflove1974

    Happy Birthday, and Happy New Year!
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    Happy Birthday Fulvia

    Are you making and enjoying toasts in your new beaker? Happy birthday to you!
  24. I somehow missed the previous reports, too, including the photos. I'm glad I went back to read and look at them. Very interesting and informative.