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    Ethnobotany, toxicology, the history of medicine and medicines.<br /><br />Food and wine, and the divine intermingling of these blessed items.<br /><br />Flaneur et incroyable<br /><br />Rome, Her works and excellence. <br /><br />Pre-Christian religious experience.<br /><br />Weapons technology and lethality.<br /><br />Achieving a perfect cocktail using Polish Bison Grass, Gin , Vodka , Noilly Pratt and ginger.

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    Myrrh salve

    and you could rub a little on your gums if they were sore.
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    Review of "Conversations in Tusculum"

    "Cato didnt appear in the play as he was dead", that is as good a line as I have read in a long time.Thats a very neat little review (neat in the English sense, not the American vernacular), pithy and amusing. I dont think pig hunting is very far away from the world of Roman aristocratic culture at all.
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    UK Meet 2008

    Thats fine , thank you.
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    Roman roundhouse in England

    Very , very interesting (and not too far from myself and NN) , this ties into the suggested "lost" route across Morecambe bay towards the Southern lakes.
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    Hbo Rome Second Season

    Most enjoyable review Ursus. The DVD is falling in price all the time , I saw it in ASDA the other week (blushes in shame) , im sure it will fall further in price and I will hang on till it hits the bargain bins. Shame, I bought series 1 as soon as I could get it. I do have to add though I think that the props and sets are tremendous, the veracity is not disturbed by the inanimate parts of the series (no quips regarding the actors please).
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    UK Meet 2008

    Have PM from The Augusta saying "meeting is on" so thats good news.
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    Roman Furniture by Croom

    Thank you MPC, I hope to see some of the original finds in situ or re-created locally. I will certainly photograph any examples I see. I always feel that this "everyday" work makes the past come alive in a very direct way. I would like to add that , as one might expect, the fashions in furniture tended to radiate out (in time) away from the Italian heartland so that what was fashionable in Rome might appear near 20 years later in Germany say. However some regional fashions do appear to exist , probably it is suggested due to use of local materials and a local craft approach (notably in Britain the use of shale as a material and decorative finish for the legs of tables and "chairs". The Arbeia collection seems to hint at direct import from Rome given the Commanders status.The decrative finish of the rooms is referenced directly to Pompeii , so it is hypothetical for britain (but not wholly unreasonable). I would also reiterate that we should use the words couch and bed as interchangable descriptions , and assume also that "chair" means "camp stool" (though this might be of a highly ornate or plain nature). The sella curulis is of course an item of status , but it might be best considered as belonging to the "camp stool" idiom , the "masculinity" of its shape and nature do I believe make this a valid sugestion. The literary references to stool and curule make plain the solidarity of citizenship/hierarchy that they represent to soldier and citizen. This shot exemplifies the decorative context. http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?autoco...si&img=2358
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    Roman Furniture by Croom

    A T Croom has written a very useful piece on furniture in the Roman World. She is curator of the Tyne and Wear Museums (being the eastern extremity of Hadrian's Wall if you are not familiar with the UK). The work ties into the items I posted in the gallery (and related to a blog for "Arbeia") , and I will add a couple more new images to help appreciation. The majority of the evidence for re-construction is from Pompeian and Ercolanian survivals (either actual items or pictorial evidence) , with a lesser body of evidence from Britain and Germany.The work is perhaps a little too specialised for general enjoyment , but to give sensible understanding to quotidian reality it is a useful reference. http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?autoco...si&img=2154 http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?autoco...si&img=2355 Several general themes are evident, the relative lack of material goods in the roman household (abundance is of course skewed severly towards wealthy households and is also relative to our modern plethora of furnishings and material goods). Secondly the relative absence of clothing storage (as the cost of garments of quality was again highly skewed, only the rich would need storage, ordinary persons might be wearing nearly all they owned), this is not to say items were not stored, but a reliance on semi-portable chests rather than wardrobes is notable. The careful storage of scrolls in wardrobe-like items is noted. The relative absence of chairs with backs as we recognise them (usually if whicker high backed items are available they are for "weaker" persons ie:females and the elderly), the folding stool is the sine qua non of the Roman Citizen/Soldier and no person of rank was ashamed to be so seated . Children had very few toys of any type, so the modern headache of toy clutter was near totally absent. Decorative use of quality woods (citron in particular) was the apex of wealth and taste , the key being the display of intricate natural grain (unpainted). The less wealthy would use available woods and if they lacked displayable grain a red colouring seems to have been long fashionable . The poor would use whatever materials were available (woven willow for beds ). There are useful notes on the triclinium as a sumptuary item of conspicuous consumption (more regarding its drapery than intrinsic finish, though that was important). An informative work, especially for those concerned to re-create an appropriate backdrop for film or book.
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    UK Meet 2008

    Ive been otherwise engaged myself, but im still ok for the trip.
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    UK Meet 2008

    Hello everyone, are we still marching North?
  11. Vorrenus didnt die on screen as has been noted above, McKidd and Stevenson arent a pairing that any commercial producer would really want to break up.Shame alll the heavyweight actors died off due to historical accuracy.
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    Ive put a blog entry in regarding furniture at Arbeia (South Shields), the couches may be of interest. http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?automo...;blogid=19& I read in Croom: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Roman-Furniture-T-...6466&sr=8-4 that the use of wardrobe and storage space was minimal save for the wealthy (given the relative cost of garments) and that the poor "would adorn their meagre couches with any clothing possible as additional blankets".
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    Arbeia (present day South Shields) was at the Eastern extremity of Hadrian's Wall. The modern town could be described as "post industrial" , with the re-created fort gate and barrack blocks of the fort sitting on a dig site within a late victorian townscape. At Arbeia A T Croom (of Tyne and wear Museums) has worked on the re-creation of Roman furniture , and indeed published a work of that name which i am presently annotating. I would like to show some interesting items that may elicit comment and questions. Firstly we have a baby couch/bed (best to use these terms interchangably in all references to Roman "beds" as the purpose was nearly always twofold)with a simple restraining rail to prevent rolling: http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?automo...si&img=2152 We move along to a more prosperous rom with a substantial couch , enclosed to protect the user. Do not forget that the Romans did not use backed chairs in any quantity , either one reclined or sat upright on a stool: http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?automo...si&img=2153 Thirdly ,wardrobes and chest storage..looking very modern indeed. Again the rich were the only people with storage problems for clothes , the relative cost of clothing meant that ordinary folk had little choice and of course other household ephemera (childrens toys as a prime example ) were a virtual unknown in Roman times, so putting the kids stuff into a cupboard would be unheard of (or falling over train sets and barbies). http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?automo...si&img=2154 There is more to say on the buildings as well.Please check my msn blog for an Arbeia entry.
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    Happy birthday GO!

    Slightly belated greetings to the Exalted One.
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    A business trip has allowed me a quick visit to Arbeia (South Shields) the western end of Hadrian's Wall. Great effort has been expended on re-creating the interior of the Commander's House and the Barrack area as well as the well known re-construction of a defensive gate structure.I have posted some gallery images relating to couces/beds/dining . http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?automo...si&img=2149 The link leads to the first upload, I will add others here and offsite on MSN. and the Triclinium of course... http://www.unrv.com/forum/index.php?automo...si&img=2150