Sallust really got kicked out of the senate for corruption by either Clodius’s Older brother who himself was convicted of electioneering or by Caesar who [gestures vaguely at entire political career] OR BY BOTH AT DIFFERENT TIMES and then leads off Bellum Catilinae with “I chose to leave politics because it’s too corrupt these days” truly astounding audacity
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.
By Wanted In Rome
“Two more human skeletons have been unearthed during works in Rome’s Piazzale Ostiense, outside the Piramide metro station, days after another skeleton was discovered nearby.”
“The latest skeletons to be found belong to a woman and child, and date to the first century BC, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.”
“Archaeologists believe the three skeletons are from the Ostiense necropolis, built in the first century BC on the sides of the consular road, and in use for several centuries.”
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.”
By Martin Moran
“What have the Romans ever done for us?” asks John Cleese as Reg of the People’s Front of Judea in the Monty Python comedy The Life of Brian. Among the references to roads, aqueducts and sanitation, one foot soldier grudgingly cites wine. You may be disappointed to hear, however, that the Pythons employed some artistic licence on that score, as the Judeans were making wine thousands of years before the Roman empire.”
“We suspect winemaking began in the Caucasus, in Armenia and Georgia, 8,000 years ago. It then spread south through Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, and on to the rest of the Mediterranean basin, aided by the Phoenicians, who were based in what is now Lebanon, from about 1,500BC. In the Old Testament, Noah plants a vineyard soon after leaving the ark.”
“If the soldiers of the People’s Front of Judea drank wine, it would probably have been local, from the Judean Hills. I would imagine that Pontius Pilate, the governor of the Roman province of Judea, would have supplemented the local wine with some of Rome’s finest.”
“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.”
“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.“
Coin of Darius the Great, c
In 522 BCE, Darius I (the Great) of Persia killed the Magian usurper Gaumâta. This secured his position as ruler of the Persian Empire.
Die Seeschlacht bei Salamis
by Wilhelm von Kaulbach, 1868.
In 480 BCE at the Battle of Salamis, the Greek fleet under Themistocles defeated the Persian fleet of Xerxes I.
Denarius of Sextus Pompeius featuring his father, 40 BCE.
In 61 BCE, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) celebrated his third triumph following victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars. To add further celebrations, the triumph occurred on his 45th birthday.
oh man I just realized…Aziraphale must’ve been EXTREMELY depressed for like a century when the Library at Alexandria was destroyed D:
(Aziraphale, finding out that Julius Caesar was responsible for this: “If I weren’t a being of divine love I would K̻͚̞̬̖̝͘ͅI̝̦͇͍L͟҉͕̦̻̞͎͖͍ͅḺ̸̣̜͔͇ ͕̖͖̲͇̪͎̜̕Ḫ̛̫̫͡I̦̙̺͈̦͢M͔̙̯͟”
Crowley, loyal to a fault: **immediately begins influencing the Roman Senate to undertake the most famous assassination in history**)
“Brutus, I heard that Caesar was planning to make himself king…”
Crowley, getting drunk with Cassius: If only Brutus would see REASON, he’s the closest to Caesar after all
Cassius, bitter af: Oh I’ll make him see reason
Because Italy is so rich in archaeological and historical sites , visitors often do not have the time to visit as many as they wish. One site which should not be missed is the remarkable Capitolium of Brescia, one of the best-preserved Roman-era temples in Italy. The Capitolium, along with other sites and remains in Brescia, is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The History of The Capitolium At Brescia
Brescia, or Brixia in Latin, has been inhabited since at least 1200 BC and it may have been founded by the Etruscans. The city became an ally of Rome and Brixia was recognized as a city by Emperor Augustus , with its inhabitants becoming Roman citizens.
There were a number of earlier temples on the site, but virtually nothing of these remain, nor any indication of which deities they were built to honor. During Augustus’ reign, a sanctuary dedicated to an unknown god graced the site. He refurbished four temples in Brescia and one of these may have stood on the site of the present-day ruins of the Capitolium.