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  1. Corax

    Visit to the Louvre

    I am planning to visit the Louvre next month to go round the Roman and Greek gallery. A friend mentioned that there is supposed to be a full sized statue of the Emperor Julian there. I'm sure I have seen it in a book. But I could not find any mention of it on the web site dedicated to Greek and Roman items. Has anyone been there and seen it recently? I know that museums often take things off show and wondered if this had happened to this particular statue. Thanks for any info anyone can provide.
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    Index to ancient writings?

    Good find: I've not seen that before, despite several years of online searching. Thank you for this very useful index. I have added it to my favourites!
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    New Ancient Roman Music Album Released

    Thank you for the info. What lovely music! I particularly liked the House of the Dolphin and Orpheus meets Eurydice. Is is possible to buy the album as a CD or is it only available as a download? Thanks.
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    Roman Audio Books

    Not sure if you are looking for fiction or non-fiction. I am stuck with a long commute and so treated myself to Suetonius - Lives of the Twelve Caesars. It consists of 6 CDs and is produced by Naxos. I got mine through Amazon. The only thing I found is that some of the things they got up to were so awful it rather took my concentration off the driving! I think that you can get some of the Falco novels as audio books, if that is any help. Good luck in your travels.
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    Things to see on Hadrian's wall

    I am planning to have few days "on the Wall" on my way back south at the end of March and wondered if anyone could suggest some new things to see. On past occasions I have been to Chesters, Great Chesters, Vindolanda, Birdoswald, Carrawburgh, Housesteads, Corbridge, the Roman Army museum, and the Great North Museum in Newcastle. I shall be based at Corbridge and wondered if anyone could suggest some new Roman-related spots to visit. I think Arbeia is closed at that time. Possibly Carlisle?? Any ideas would be gratefully received! Thanks.
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    Things to see on Hadrian's wall

    Excellent! I hope to try to track down some of these next month, or failing that, later in the year. Am very grateful for the details as some Roman remains can be hard to find. This is from someone who spend a Saturday evening (dusk) in down town Cologne looking for the appropriately named Ubi monument! Many thanks! Thank you, Ghost, for your suggestions of things to see on the Wall. Am just back from there and managed to see the Corbridge bridge footings, the bridge footings at Willowford and best of all, the ones at Chesters. What a brilliant and peaceful spot! At the time Chesters itself was not open so it was good to see the bath houses from across the river without anyone being there. By chance I managed to be at Housesteads on Friday before the official opening of the new museum. You probably know that there was a special opening for volunteers and guides etc but they let me have a look round the museum. Definitely worth a visit in its revamped form and there seemed to me to be more finds on show than previously. Also had an unexpected trip to Segedunum and saw the reproduction bath houses based on Chesters. So, thank you again for your suggestions and the others will be useful for my return trip - I hope - in June.
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    Things to see on Hadrian's wall

    Excellent! I hope to try to track down some of these next month, or failing that, later in the year. Am very grateful for the details as some Roman remains can be hard to find. This is from someone who spend a Saturday evening (dusk) in down town Cologne looking for the appropriately named Ubi monument! Many thanks!
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    Things to see on Hadrian's wall

    Thank you very much, Ghost, for those additional ideas. Last summer I did visit Brunton Turret and part of the Steel Rigg walk and I hope to pursuade my friend to go back to that bit of the wall - weather permitting. But thanks for reminding me about the bridge footings as I have only ever seen them from the bath house at Chesters. I have only been to the Birdoswald part once and it sounds as though there is much more to been seen there too. Can I pick your brain again to explain how to reach the bridge footings in Corbridge as that is where we will be staying? Will definitely put Tullie House on my list too as it is good to have something indoors to do in case the weather is dire! Many thanks!
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    What's the last book you read?

    I read FIRE FROM HEAVEN, THE PERSIAN BOY, and THE KING MUST DIE by Renault. They were all good and I've listed them in order of my preference. Also, anyone considering Steven Saylor might want to start with his first book ROMAN BLOOD. I love his writing and have read a about six of his novels. I've read Scarrow too, but I lean toward Saylor more. For those who like the 5th century like me there's THE SWORD OF ATTILA by Michael Curtis Ford and THE SCOURGE OF GOD by William Dietrich. Cinzia Thanks for your recommendation - I'll look for those other books by Mary Renault The Persian Boy is good - the writng is so evocative and there hasn't been a page of the book where I've felt like skimming over to the next page We picked up a Steven Saylor book in an everything for $5 bookshop before Christmas but I haven't started it yet - Empire I didnt enjoy Mary Renault's books but theSword of Attila looks likes interesting and so does Gods and Legions(Julian is one of my most favourite Romans.) and I must find out where my copy of The Eagle in the Snow is. It is time for a re-read. Thank you for recommending Gods and Legions. Julian is one of my favourite Romans too. Have read the Last Pagan about him and also the Gore Vidal one called Julian. Both brilliant. So have added Gods and Legions to my wish list. At present I am reading Imperium by Harris - about Cicero and am enjoying it. And have just finished Apuleius' Golden Ass which is just weird - but strangely enjoyable!
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    Poster of Roman gods

    I am not sure if this is the right spot for this posting but I sure some kind person will move it if it should be somewhere else! Help please! I am trying to find a poster of the Roman gods - the sort of thing to stick on a wall to accompany a talk about them. I have tried all the usual places like e bay and Amazon and the only things I can find are aimed at young school children. The kind of thing I am looking for is a list of the Olympians with details of their attributes, with possibly info about other notable deities. Has anyone any ideas as I have already spent hours on the pc looking for something suitable!! Many thanks in advance..
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    Poster of Roman gods

    Thank you all for your very useful suggestions. I must admit I had not even thought to look for
  12. Corax

    Poster of Roman gods

    Thank you both for your very kind suggestions. I did find something like the
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    Poster of Roman gods

    A high def picture would be fine so long as it had all the 12 Olympians and a bit about them all..! I thought you could buy ANYTHING on the internet..but obviously not....!
  14. I want the Roma Victrix Beaker +UNRV http://bit.ly/romavictrix
  15. This is my first post so please be patient with me if I get it wrong!I did try to post this a few days ago but it disappeared into the ether! I am interested in learning more about the Mysteries of Mithras. I note that when the god is shown as killing the bull (the tauroctony) he is always shown as looking away from it. I know that David Ulansey identifies Mithras with Perseus who killed the Gorgon; he goes on to argue that as Perseus looked away from the Gorgon because her look could turn men to stone this has been transferred to Mithras and the bull. Does anyone have any other ideas? Many thanks. Corax
  16. Thanks for the link. There is some interesting info in Fingrut
  17. Corax

    Any idea for Turkey

    Ideas for Turkey I am lucky enough just to have come back from there. I agree that Ephesus is a must, but it can be very hot and crowded. But it is worth it to see the Library of Celsus. We were told that the cruise people usually visit in the morning, so we went in the afternoon which was a bit hotter but less crowded. I would definitely recommend Ephesus Museum. It is not very big but the items they have are outstanding: two superb statues of the goddess Diana; a beautiful statue of Apollo plus a frieze from the Temple of Hadrian, for starters. I have been there twice and would willingly go back! I also agree that Pergamon and the Asklepion are worth including. They are several miles apart. Pergamon is at the top of a hill and is now accessible by a type of ski lift. This takes you as far as the souvenir shops and there is bit more walking (uphill) from there. A lot of the large finds from Pergamon are in Berlin, but for me it was worthwhile to see the Temple of Trajan and the site of the altar of Zeus and see where the library used to be. For me, the Asklepion is probably one of my favourite sites. It has a small theatre, a sacred way and an underground tunnel which takes you to the site of the treatment rooms. There are also some interesting inscriptions which are (I think) dedicated to some of the doctors who used to work there. Apparently healing was done through dreams and there are still meetings of modern psychologists held there. If you are in Istanbul do try to visit the Archaeological Museum. It is in the grounds of the Topkapi Palace. There is some outstanding Greek and Roman sculpture of emperors and gods. My favourites were the head of Alexander the Great, a lovely Apollo and a beautiful plaque of Asklepius and Hygieia feeding the sacred snakes. There is also the Hippodrome, famous for chariot races. At one end is the Serpent
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    Resurrection in Mithraism

    Like you, I am not sure that of the existence of other ancient references to resurrection in the Mithraic rituals. But if you are thinking about the Mithraists having a belief in an afterlife, there is ancient evidence of that. I found this reference in the Tertullian Project: Mithras: literary references, The Tertullian Project, Roger Pearse - Ancient Passages which refer to Mithras. There are problems with the link but you can access it via the website
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    What does this shape represent?

    When I was in the Roman Baths recently I saw something a bit like this but a bit more square. I think it was a lead inscription. If I remember rightly the bits that stuck out were described as representing ears and were supposedly to be telling the reader to take note. It was not as neat at the picture you show but maybe that might be the general meaning??? Just a thought.....
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    Your Favourite Roman God

    Goddess: Minerva for wisdom - she seems the outright winner! God: Mithras - we need all the sun we can get in chilly Britannia!
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    Hadrian's Wall

    I had a few days on the Wall with a friend a couple of weeks ago. She has a very good guide called
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    Share Your Favorite Quote

    The words of the flatulent emperor Claudius while he was dying. With thanks to Maty! My favourite is "Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero" - "Seize the day, putting as little trust as possible in the future. " Horace. Thank you for that quote from Seneca - have only just started to read him and wish I had discovered him years ago.
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    What Roman Personality Are You?

    A brill quizz! It seems lots of people got Paulus. I must admit I had not heard of him. I had him as my number two so will now have to find out more about him. But was pleased to get Marcus Aurelius as my number one and dear Horace as my number three! Corax
  24. The link to this review is here but usually the way to search the reviews is to click on the 'books' link on the left of any forum pages (under the UNVR History logo) and then go to the 'History Books Index'. The index should normally be at the top of the page and then search alphabetically. Thanks for that - I was looking in the wrong place..a senior moment strikes again!