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    By Viggen, in News,

    Great news; With our move to a brand new host we are now finally able to switch on the reputation system in our discussion forum. This allows members to like content and it works in the same manner as a "like" system often seen on social networking sites. This "like" system is a visual way for identifying good content and makes it more personal by leaving your name in the "like" list rather than it being an anonymous donation.

     

     

     

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    The concept of being able to pray to the Saints for intercession is one that is central to the religious beliefs of modern Christianity, especially with regards to the Catholic Church. Such an idea is now taken for granted by many Western Christians, as is the belief amongst many modern historians that the practice was established prior to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the transformation of the Eastern Empire into the entity now known as the Byzantine Empire....
     
    ....continue to the review of Debating the Saints’ Cult in the Age of Gregory the Great by Matthew Dal Santo
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    Would you like to star in Ben Kanes next novel, Eagles at War, which is about the massacre of three Roman legions in the German forests in 9 AD?
     
    A £10 donation to the charitable Romani Walk buys you one chance to win the chance to become a minor character in Eagles at War. If you donate £20, you get two chances and so on. (The Romani Walk is about me and two other authors walking 170 km / 110 miles in Italy in full Roman military kit, for charity. Medecins sans Frontieres and Combat Stress are the two charities)
     
    ...more on be a character in Ben Kanes next book
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    By Viggen, in News,

    After a dreadful long year all issues with the host/site/database have been sorted out. All posts have been recovered. The site itself will be soon converted to a wordpress format and hopefuly all legal issues that i cannot reveal at this stage will be sorted out soon too...
     
    ....welcome back to the Forum
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    Constantine the Great - Warlord of Rome by Elizabeth James describes sweeping political changes, fierce battles for control of the empire, deep religious schisms. There's no doubting his place in history. Of the countless millions of human beings that have lived since our species wondered if there was a better place to live than Africa, maybe only a handful have ever been called 'The Great'. It's possible today to see his colossus, a broken statue of immense proportion casting him in the guise of the great god Jupiter, something I find an amusing anomaly considering his association with the rise of Christianity. There really ought to be a Hollywood epic about this man, but of course such a motion picture would tell its own story and not do him justice...
     
    ...read the full review of Constantine the Great: Warlord of Rome by Elizabeth James
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    Klingan is a long time member of UNRV and has posted several reviews at the site. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at Uppsala university where he writes about ancient Greek water supply system and water storage." We asked some questions...
     
    ...to the Interview with Klingan
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    Beware and enjoy; this is not your average critique...
     
    The 300 is the best movie ever fashioned by human hands. It is a spiritual experience that elevates the soul into the realm of the empyrean. Beneath the blood and gore of gaudy special effects lies a powerful message, the likes of which we will never see again in our lifetime. There are those who say the movie is not historical. Speak not to me of history! What is history but the lies of old men who seek to legitimize the warlords who stole a civilization by force of arms...?
     
    ...read the full review of The 300 (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition) (2007)
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    Alexandra Croom is not only Keeper of Archaeology at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum but she has also been involved with the re-enactment group Cohors V Gallorum for several years. It is obvious in several areas that she has put both sets of knowledge to excellent use in writing this book.
     
    In the introduction the author notes how books on everyday life of the Romans usually describes more specialised events like going to the baths, amphitheatre and evening parties but rarely describes the typical activities of any household such as doing the washing up or taking out the rubbish...
     
    ...read the full review of Running the Roman Home by Alexandra Croom
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