Hidden Gems

Col Carnuntum, Maroboduus, and Baltic Amber

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 Built sometime around the turn of the millennium, historical documents first mention the fort as the headquarters of Tiberius in his northern campaigns.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 [...]

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

Mind the Cap: London's Mithraeum

Author: timetravelrome /

Right in the very heart of London, amidst the hustle and bustle of banks and businesses and the incessant rattle of the underground rails, an ancient mystery cult once convened to worship their god. This is the story of London’s Mithraeum. The Curious Case of Ancient Londinium’s Underground God Today, London is the UK’s largest city. Two thousand years ago, the situation was [...]

2019-07-16T08:13:41+00:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , |

Sarmizegetusa and Subterfuge

Author: timetravelrome /

In the late to mid-40s A.D. Sarmizegetusa became the capital of Dacia under King Burebista. Perhaps the word fortress is more apt for the site. It consisted of six citadels, constructed on the top of a 1200 meter high mountain. The main fort lay on five terraces at the peak of the mountain. Civilian lodging spread across further systems of terraces below. It [...]

2019-07-11T17:52:37+00:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , |

Death at the Edge of the Empire: Emperors in Eboracum

Author: timetravelrome /

When the Romans first invaded Britain in 43 AD, they remained hesitant to push on northwards. The area north of the Humber River was kept in check by the Brigantes, a client Kingdom of native Celts who were initially friendly to their island’s invaders. Sometime in the early 70s AD however, a new leader of this kingdom adopted a hostile attitude to the [...]

2019-06-30T16:06:02+00:00June 30th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

Acaunum and the Decimation of the Theban Legion

Author: timetravelrome /

The ancient ruins in the city of Acaunum, now modern day Saint-Maurice, are not extensive. Yet their display is beautiful, and they are steeped in the legend of the Decimation of the Theban Legion. Begun in the Bronze Age or before, it was around 30 B.C. that Acaunum fell under Roman rule. Traditional Christian accounts tell of the martyrdom of an entire Roman [...]

2019-06-05T21:58:52+00:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems, Top Destinations|Tags: , , , |

Ostia Antica – A tranquil gem a short stop from Rome

Author: timetravelrome /

Despite being so close to Rome, few tourists visit Ostia. For those that do, it’s a relaxed suburban train ride from Ostiense (near the Piramide Metro station) and a leisurely 5-minute walk to an archaeological site that recreates the past in a way that Rome cannot. Where the grand temples and monuments of the ancient Roman capital have undergone centuries of modification, and [...]

2019-04-22T12:33:38+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , |
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