Hidden Gems

Korkyra – A Sanctuary of the Mythological

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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, [...]

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

Sicca Veneria: The Cliff City of Tunisia

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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 [...]

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

Antium, Shakespeare, and Imperial Palaces

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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 [...]

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

Aphrodite of Paphos

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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 [...]

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

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

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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, [...]

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

Philip the Arab from Philippopolis

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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 [...]

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

Off the Beaten Via: Top 5 of Northern Italy

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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 with [...]

2020-08-29T19:05:21+00:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems, Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pertinax – The Humble Emperor From Savo

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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 [...]

2020-08-29T19:29:35+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , |

Laodice: Ruthless Queen and Prosperous City

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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 [...]

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

Fulvia Antonia Makes a Final Stand in Perusia

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As one of the twelve confederate cities of Etruria, ancient Perusia, now Perugia, was an important settlement of the Etruscans. It fought in early conflicts with Rome, and was a leading force in the rebellion of 295 B.C. However, the rebellion failed, and Perusia had no choice but to seek a peace treaty with Rome. By the time of the Second Punic War, [...]

2020-07-19T19:40:43+00:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , , |
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