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22 04, 2020

Philip the Arab from Philippopolis

2020-04-22T23:33:59+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 [...]

5 04, 2020

Maximinus Thrax: The Warrior Emperor of Rome

2020-04-05T22:47:50+00:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen / “He called up informers and incited accusers, invented false offences, killed innocent men, condemned all whoever came to trial, reduced the richest men to utter poverty and never sought money anywhere save in some other's ruin, put many generals and many men of consular rank to death for no offence, carried others about in waggons without food and drink,and [...]

11 03, 2020

Off the Beaten Via: Top 5 of Northern Italy

2020-05-20T19:59:35+00:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems, Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Author: 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 and personal [...]

9 03, 2020

Reign of Caracalla: Begun and Ended in Blood

2020-03-09T20:15:10+00:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

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Author: Marian Vermeulen / Today, the name of Caracalla is most often associated with the magnificent baths in Rome that bear his name. However, in his own era, Caracalla was known as an unpredictable and dangerous ruler. Some of his opponents nicknamed him “beast.” Though they gave him the name in derision, Caracalla embraced it eagerly. Even the name by which we know [...]

3 03, 2020

Pertinax – The Humble Emperor From Savo

2020-03-03T21:45:41+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems|

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Thus did Pertinax, who undertook to restore everything in a moment, come to his end.” - Cassius Dio Christened Publius Helvius Pertinax, the future emperor enjoyed a humble and practical beginning, which informed his decisions throughout his life. He even maintained his business enterprises in Vada Sabatia, just south of Savo, after being named emperor. Though a favorite of the people and the [...]

29 02, 2020

Didius Julianus Buys the Roman Empire

2020-02-29T14:20:31+00:00February 29th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , |

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“Then ensued a most disgraceful business and one unworthy of Rome.  For, just as if it had been in some market or auction-room, both the City and its entire empire were auctioned off. The sellers were the ones who had slain their emperor, and the would‑be buyers vied to outbid each other.” - Cassius Dio Successful Career As the son of a prominent noble [...]

27 02, 2020

Marcus Aurelius Part III: From Gold to Rust and Iron

2020-02-27T21:00:02+00:00February 27th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , |

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Philosopher Emperor By all accounts, Marcus Aurelius truly embodied the principles he embraced, and he proved his faithful devotion to virtue throughout his rule by his actions. The Historia Augusta described him as “devoted to philosophy as long as he lived and pre-eminent among emperors in purity of life.” Cassius Dio stated that Marcus Aurelius “refrained from all offences and did nothing amiss [...]

6 01, 2020

Marcus Aurelius Part II: Triumph and Tragedy

2020-01-06T21:07:00+00:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , |

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“Remember, too, on every occasion that leads you to vexation to apply this principle: not that this is a misfortune, but that to bear it nobly is good fortune.” - Marcus Aurelius Article written by Marian Vermeulen Father and Son With a shared love of philosophy, intellect, virtue, and kindness, Marcus Aurelius and Antoninus Pius were an excellent match as father and son [...]

17 12, 2019

Marcus Aurelius Part I: The Caelian Hill Births an Emperor

2020-05-20T19:45:43+00:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

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“Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leading men genuinely and adequately philosophize, that is, until political power and philosophy entirely coincide…cities will have no rest from evils, nor, I think, will the human race.” - Plato, Republic A note from Marian Vermeulen (author): I am a longtime lover of Marcus Aurelius. His picture is on the [...]

9 12, 2019

Laodice: Ruthless Queen and Prosperous City

2019-12-09T19:46:37+00:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , |

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In this post we feature turkisharchaeonews.net and Izabela Miszczak photogaphies. Thank you Izabela for you great work ! In the instability left by the death of Alexander the Great, his top generals vied for position and power, with four eventually succeeding in establishing their own dynasties. One of these was Seleucus, who ruled over the region of Syria and Mesopotamia from his seat [...]

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