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18 09, 2020

Hercules Battles Cacus in the Forum Boarium

2020-09-18T19:24:58+00:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen  “Time brought to us in our time of need the aid and arrival of a god. For there came that mightiest avenger, the victor Hercules, proud with the slaughter and the spoils of threefold Geryon, and he drove the mighty bulls here, and the cattle filled both valley and riverside.” - King Evander in Virgil’s Aeneid Nestled between the Aventine, [...]

13 09, 2020

Aegina – Nymph and Island

2020-09-13T20:10:27+00:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen The Origins of the Island The island of Aegina lies in the Saronic Gulf of Greece, south of island of Salamis where the allied Greek city-states managed to defeat the invading Persians in a great sea battle. Aegina is predominantly made up of a now extinct volcano, which accounts for Aegina’s fertile landscape. Today, the island produces cotton, grapes, almonds, [...]

6 09, 2020

Korkyra – A Sanctuary of the Mythological

2020-09-06T20:31:48+00:00September 6th, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen Modern day Corfu, known in ancient times as Korkyra, is another island with a history steeped in mythology, from its origin story to its place in several more famous legends. Korkyra was one of the three most powerful maritime nations in the Classical world, joining Athens and Corinth in that distinction. Its original inhabitants are not well understood by historians, [...]

29 08, 2020

Sicca Veneria: The Cliff City of Tunisia

2020-08-29T20:15:32+00:00August 29th, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen Originally a Carthaginian city, Sicca became Sicca Veneria under Roman rule, due to its important shrine to Venus. The city was built on a cliff face, leading to its modern name, which translates to “the rock.” Over the years, Sicca was the sight of several fascinating incidents, including the mercenary wars, the first engagement between Marius and Jugurtha, and even [...]

22 08, 2020

Tivoli: Myth, History, and Prophecy

2020-08-22T23:10:19+00:00August 22nd, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen No archeological tour of Italy would be complete without a visit to Tibur, modern Tivoli. The city has a long history, dating back to the 13th century B.C., when colonists from Alba Longa settled on the site. Tibur held a tumultuous relationship with Rome before it fell to its southern neighbors. Rome granted citizenship to Tibur in 90 B.C., after [...]

20 08, 2020

Antium, Shakespeare, and Imperial Palaces

2020-08-20T22:29:34+00:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen.  The specific origins of Antium remain unclear, but archaeologists believe that the Volsci were not the first residents. Later Roman myths would claim that Anteias, the son of Odysseus, founded Antium in the aftermath of Troy. The Romans found themselves in frequent conflict with the Volsci tribe, who made their capital in the city. Antium was a center point in [...]

11 08, 2020

Aphrodite of Paphos

2020-08-11T21:37:40+00:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , |

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"Aphrodite went to Cyprus, to Paphos, where her precinct is and fragrant altar, and passed into her sweet-smelling temple."- Homer Author of the post: Marian Vermeulen Before there were the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, the first deities were the Titans, sons and daughters of Gaia, Mother Earth, by Uranus, the sky. Yet Gaia grew angry with Uranus for imprisoning her other [...]

5 08, 2020

Theseus, the Minotaur, and the Minoans at Knossos

2020-08-05T22:09:35+00:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

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“May I therefore succeed in purifying Fable, making her submit to reason and take on the semblance of History.” - Plutarch, Life of Theseus There is a particular thrill whenever it is discovered that ancient myths and legends have more basis in reality than was previously assumed, the mystical found rooted in reality. Such was the case when Heinrich Schliemann, a devoted lover of [...]

7 07, 2020

A Home away from Rome: 7 Roman Villas to explore in Britain

2020-07-19T23:46:42+00:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Author: Kieren Johns. The Romans first made direct contact with Britain in the middle of the 1st century BC, when Julius Caesar invaded in 55 and 54 BC. Rome’s most famous general believed that the island’s native Celtic people had been providing support to the Gauls in France, against whom he was waging the war that would secure his fame. Within a century, [...]

22 04, 2020

Philip the Arab from Philippopolis

2020-08-29T18:38:51+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen Marcus Julius Philippus, commonly referred to as Philip the Arab, is an enigmatic figure of Roman imperial history. For all the major events of his life there are two different explanations of the motives behind them and various versions claiming to be the true story. His early life remains almost entirely a mystery. His father, Julius Marinus, was a local [...]

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