5th Century AD Byzantine Thermae (Public Baths…

5th Century AD Byzantine Thermae (Public Baths) Discovered in Downtown of Bulgarian Black Sea City Varna

The newly discovered Late Roman / Early Byzantine thermae are the second public baths of ancient Odessos, today’s Varna, dating from the 5th – 6th century AD, after the already known Small (South) Roman Thermae. The much more sizable Large Roman Thermae of Odessos go back earlier, dating to the 2nd century AD. Photo: BTA

The ruins of a building of thermae (public baths) from the 5th century AD,…

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Inscription Reveals Final Years of Life in Pom…

Inscription Reveals Final Years of Life in Pompeii Before the City Was Buried in Ash:

In the decades before the city of Pompeii was buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, everyday life was filled with parties and struggles.

That’s according to a recently deciphered inscription found on the wall of a Pompeii tomb that was discovered there in 2017.

The inscription describes a massive coming-of-age party for a wealthy young man. who reaches the age of an adult citizen. According to the inscription, he threw a massive party that included a banquet serving 6,840 people and a show in which 416 gladiators fought over several days.

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Ancient Shipwreck Holding Nearly 100 Jugs Of R…

Ancient Shipwreck Holding Nearly 100 Jugs Of Roman Supplies Found In Spain:

By Tom Hale

“Not far from the tourist-filled beaches of Mallorca in Spain, marine archaeologists have discovered a seabed littered with almost one hundred Roman jugs and a 1,800-year-old shipwreck.”
“The treasure trove of relics was first discovered in July 2019 in the waters of S’Arenal beach in Palma, according to an announcement from the Council of Majorca”.

“Given the business of the waters and the value of the remains, authorities were quick to employ the help of the Balearic Institute of Studies in Maritime Archeology (IBEAM) to both document and recover the ancient objects before they were plundered. The marine archaeologists also captured some stunning footage of the shipwreck and the excavation work, which you can check out below.”

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The Rise and Fall of the Pet Bird | JSTOR Dail…

The Rise and Fall of the Pet Bird | JSTOR Daily:

By Matthew Wills  

“Who or what determines what a pet is? Historically, the answer to this question is obvious. Social norms determine what is a pet and what isn’t. And past societies have had a wider view of pet-keeping than we do now.”

“Teach a parrot to curse and it will curse continually, making night and day hideous with its imprecations” wrote Apuleius in the second century CE. He’s quoted in classicist Francis D. Lazenby’s survey of the range of pets kept in ancient Greece and Rome. Among these were parrots, ravens, pigeons, peacocks, doves, swans, magpies, hares, mice, weasels, fawns, goats, cicadas, and turtles. Then as now, there was love lost on the death of a pet. In the Hellenistic and Roman Empire eras, the animal epitaph—”full of exaggerated pathos”—became a thing:”

“Just as the change in tastes of the times saw an increased interest in children and slaves, so was it fashionable to posses favorite animals, and equally fashionable to compose epitaphs for pampered pets.”

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Ancient Roman bath discovered in Kütahya

Ancient Roman bath discovered in Kütahya:

“Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a bathhouse in the ancient city of Aizanoi in western Turkey.”

“Talking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Zerrin Erdinç, deputy head of the excavation team, said the bathhouse appeared to have been from fourth century B.C. It consisted of three parts that provided cold, warm and hot bath facilities.”

“The structure and other details reveal that social classes were using them as public baths in ancient times,” said Erdinç, who is also an academic at Dumlupınar University in Kütahya.“

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Roman fort discovered under Exeter bus station

Roman fort discovered under Exeter bus station:

From The Guardian

“The remains of a Roman fort have been discovered under a bus station in Exeter.”

“Archaeologists have described the find, which occurred during redevelopment of the site in the Devon city, as important and unexpected.”

“A Roman ditch was first uncovered, with further excavations revealing two more ditches running parallel to each other. These belonged to a previously unknown military site, which was either a fort occupied by an army unit or a defended compound.”

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Bulgaria’s Capital Sofia to Hold First Ever An…

Bulgaria’s Capital Sofia to Hold First Ever Antiquity Festival Named after Constantine’s Quote ‘Serdica Is My Rome’

The poster for the first ever “Serdica Is My Rome” Antiquity Festival in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia features the silhouette of the 4th century St. George Rotunda church in downtown Sofia. Photo: Museum of Sofia History

The city of Sofia, which is celebrating its 140th anniversaryas capital of Bulgaria in 2019, is going to hold its first ever Antiquity Festival dedicated to the heritage of its…

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Bulgaria’s Capital Sofia Finally Opens Second …

Bulgaria’s Capital Sofia Finally Opens Second Part of ‘Sofia Largo’ Restoration of Ancient Serdica

The second part of the Ancient Serdica complex in downtown Sofia has been opened three years after the first part. Photo: Museum of Sofia History

For its official holiday, September 17, the Day of St. Sophiaand her three daughters, Saints Faith, Love, and Charity, Bulgaria’s capital Sofia has finally opened the second part of the restored ruins of the Ancient Roman city of Serdica located at the…

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