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14 10, 2021

Off the Beaten Via: Top 5 of Southern Italy

2021-10-14T11:09:36+00:00October 14th, 2021|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Written for TimeTravelRome by Kieren Johns. All roads lead to Rome, or so the old proverb goes. For those of us with an interest in the ancient world, it’s a saying that still very much rings true to this day. Whether it’s a chance to explore the remains of the ancient city itself in the Forum, or the opportunity to get up close [...]

7 08, 2021

On the traces of the Via Belgica: Maastricht – Heerlen – Tongres – Liège

2021-08-07T18:07:13+00:00August 7th, 2021|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , , , |

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The Roman road between Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) and Cologne (Germany) is nowadays called Via Belgica. However, it was never known by this name in Roman times. The name appeared in the early 20th century as archaeologists were trying to reconstruct the Roman road system in the province of Germania Inferior. The construction of this road is generally credited to Marcus Agrippa, who was then [...]

12 07, 2021

The Gallo-Roman Site and Museum of Bavay (Bagacum) in France

2021-07-12T14:27:59+00:00July 12th, 2021|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Michel Gybels for Time Travel Rome Not far from the Belgian border, in the north of France, is the Gallo-Roman site and museum of Bavay - ancient Bagacum (from the Celtic word for ‘beech’). The city was probably founded at the end of the 1st century BC. Situated at a strategic crossroads, it grew to become one of the largest and most important [...]

8 07, 2021

The Greco-Roman Site and Museum of Ampurias

2021-07-08T17:55:15+00:00July 8th, 2021|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , |

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Michel Gybels for Time Travel Rome The Costa Brava on the Mediterranean coast in Spanish Catalunia is best known for its seaside resorts and nightlife and attracts crowds of tourists every summer. Less well known, however, is that there are also interesting archaeological sites and museums to visit there. In the region of Girona, this includes the Greco-Roman site and museum of Ampurias, [...]

3 07, 2021

The Mystery Cult of Mithras

2021-07-04T00:05:32+00:00July 3rd, 2021|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , |

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Written for TimeTravelRome by Michel Gybels Description of Mithraeums -  Michel Gybels & TimeTavelRome Who was Mithras and why was this outsider in the pantheon of gods so widely venerated throughout the Roman Empire? In this article, we examine this mystery cult, which initially became popular among the legionnaires during the Roman Imperial period and how the cult forged close alliances of loyalty [...]

29 06, 2021

The Gallo-Roman Site of Argentomagus in France

2021-06-30T20:27:47+00:00June 29th, 2021|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

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Written by Michel Gybels for Time Travel Rome Situated on the north bank of the River Creuse in central Gaul, the city of Argentomagus (meaning ‘money market’) was already a local centre before the Romans arrived around 50 BC. The Romans built a bridge across the river and Argentomagus became a thriving center of trade in the second and third centuries AD. The [...]

26 04, 2021

Roman Villa of Nennig and its Gladiatorial Mosaic

2021-04-26T21:05:04+00:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

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The Villa of Nennig was discovered by chance in 1852: its discovery is due to a peasant digging a pit in his garden intended for the conservation of vegetables. The Archaeological Society of Treves, warned of the find of Roman remains, hastened to acquire the land and erected a temporary protective construction. The ruins of the villa are noted for their exceptional mosaics, [...]

23 02, 2021

Cleopatra Part III: Cleopatra & Mark Antony. Tarsus & Paraitonion.

2021-02-23T23:59:24+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , |

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Continued from the part II... “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed: but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.” - Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare Meeting on the Kydnos Cleopatra was not deeply involved in the civil wars that immediately followed the assassination of Caesar, though she stayed in steadfast support of her [...]

21 02, 2021

Cleopatra Part II: Egypt Meets Rome. Gardens of Sallust.

2021-02-21T19:51:25+00:00February 21st, 2021|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , |

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Continued from the Part I. ...“So Cleopatra, taking only Apollodorus the Sicilian from among her friends, embarked in a little skiff and landed at the palace when it was already getting dark; and as it was impossible to escape notice otherwise, she stretched herself at full length inside a bed-sack, while Apollodorus tied the bed-sack up with a cord and carried it indoors [...]

9 02, 2021

Cleopatra Part I: Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt. Alexandria.

2021-02-23T23:52:42+00:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , |

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To modern ears, the name Cleopatra refers to only one woman – the famed last Queen of Egypt who tragically chose the wrong lover and the wrong side in the Roman Civil Wars. However, this famous Cleopatra was actually known as Cleopatra VII, the last in a long line of kings and queens descended from the Macedonian general Ptolemy I Soter. The original [...]

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