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26 09, 2019

Mithraeum of Aquincum: a Little Gem in the Center of Europe

2019-09-26T21:06:49+00:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , |

Author: timetravelrome /

The ancient city of Aquincum, known today as Budapest, hosts one of the most beautiful archaeological parks of the Central Europe. The Museum of Aquincum and the eponymous Archaeological Park feature a marvelous array of artifacts, including the restored House of Painter and, more recently, a beautifully restored Mithraeum. It was opened for visitors in 2018. History of the Aquincum city Originally a [...]

23 09, 2019

Intrigues, Treasons, and Corruption at Capri

2019-09-23T19:38:34+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|

Author: timetravelrome /

The island of Capri and its main city of the same name boast a long and illustrious history. Virgil’s Aeneid claims that Greek colonists from Teleboi settled the island, but evidence suggests that it held earlier inhabitants. The Romans themselves made the initial discovery. Suetonius recorded that during excavations for one of Augustus’s villa getaways, workers discovered stone weapons and giant bones. Modern [...]

14 09, 2019

Temple of Concord: a Coin says why it became a museum of ancient art

2019-09-14T20:34:55+00:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Coins and travel|

Author: timetravelrome /

Placed at the West end of the Forum Romanum, leaning against the substructures of the Tabularium at the foot of the Capitoline Hill, the temple was dedicated to the goddess Concord, personification of harmony among men. The temple has been renovated several times, the last renovation being held under Tiberius. The exterior of the temple was then entirely covered with marble, making the [...]

4 09, 2019

The Battle of Sentinum

2019-09-04T20:42:20+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , |

Author: timetravelrome /

An early city situated in the Marche region of Italy, Sentinum became a focal point in Rome’s wars with other Italian tribes. In 295 B.C., the Battle of Sentinum decided the outcome of the Third Samnite War and placed the city under the rule of the Roman Republic. It would remain an important city during the transition from Republic to Empire, eventually becoming [...]

29 08, 2019

Caligula’s Great Spectacle at Puteoli

2019-08-29T20:40:29+00:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|

Author: timetravelrome /

Lying on the northwestern corner of the Bay of Naples, the city of Puteoli was a vital hub of ancient Rome. Greek colonists first established the city in 194 B.C., but it soon fell into Roman hands. Puteoli thrived under Roman rule, becoming the primary import point for grain ships from Alexandria in Egypt, protected by the main strength of the Roman navy, [...]

26 08, 2019

6 Sites to Visit to Walk in Ancient Rome

2020-06-01T07:19:41+00:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|

Author: timetravelrome /

For those of us who are passionate about ancient Rome, and if you are reading this then you are likely among that group, finding the most authentic sites can sometimes become a quest. We may have been disappointed when we first learned that many buildings in Pompeii have been restored over the years. Yet deep down, I imagine every one of us has [...]

23 08, 2019

Col Carnuntum, Maroboduus, and Baltic Amber

2019-08-23T19:30:37+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

Author: timetravelrome /

Like many settlements of the more remote Roman provinces, Carnuntum originated as a military outpost. Built sometime around the turn of the millennium, historical documents first mention the fort as the headquarters of Tiberius in his northern campaigns. A civilian city later developed alongside the fort. It quickly became a major trade hub with the Baltic regions and eventually the capital of the [...]

19 08, 2019

Romans at the Battle of Thermopylae

2019-08-19T19:59:27+00:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Coins and travel|Tags: , |

Author: timetravelrome /

No, not the desperate Spartan defense of the pass against the Persians, made famous by big muscles and lots of slow motion in the movie 300. In fact, over the centuries, many Battles of Thermopylae have taken place in that mountain pass. However, today the terrain has changed. Visitors no longer see the narrow passage of ancient times, but an open plain. The [...]

17 08, 2019

Meta Sudans Rediscovered: Coins & Other Stories

2019-08-17T19:22:10+00:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Coins and travel, Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , |

Author: timetravelrome /

Meta Sudans: meaning and significance “Meta” was a tall conical structure that stood on either side of chariot racing tracks, while the Latin word “Sudans” stands for sweating. The Meta Sudans in the Valley of the Coliseum was once an imposing, conically-shaped fountain that seemed to sweat water. It stood at the juncture of four of the city’s Augustan regions (I, III, IV [...]

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