Hidden Gems

Fulvia Antonia Makes a Final Stand in Perusia

Author: timetravelrome /

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: , , , , |

Julia the Elder: Exile to Pandataria

Author: timetravelrome /

"There are two wayward daughters that I have to put up with: the Roman commonwealth and Julia." - Emperor Augustus Julia Augusti filia, or Julia the Elder, daughter of the Emperor Augustus, was a fascinating wild card in an era and culture where the ideal woman was quiet, steadfast, and even-tempered. Her personality was neither uniquely good nor bad, and like many famous [...]

2019-11-05T21:43:32+00:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: Hidden Gems|Tags: , , , |

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

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 [...]

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

Intrigues, Treasons, and Corruption at Capri

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 [...]

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

The Battle of Sentinum

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 [...]

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

6 Sites to Visit to Walk in Ancient Rome

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 [...]

2020-06-01T07:19:41+00:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: 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: , , , |
Load More Posts
Go to Top