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Seven less known Roman sites in Trier – Augusta Treverorum

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Originally established by Celtic-Germanic tribes of the region, Augusta Treverorum, or "City of Augustus in the land of the Treveri," was so named during the reign of Emperor Augustus, who visited the region around 15 BC. It became an influential settlement, in part thanks to its location along the Moselle River Valley and also because it was a hub of fiscal and military [...]

2020-12-21T00:39:43+00:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Hidden Gems, Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

Aegina – Nymph and Island

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Author: Marian Vermeulen The Origins of the Island The island of Aegina lies in the Saronic Gulf of Greece, south of island of Salamis where the allied Greek city-states managed to defeat the invading Persians in a great sea battle. Aegina is predominantly made up of a now extinct volcano, which accounts for Aegina’s fertile landscape. Today, the island produces cotton, grapes, almonds, [...]

2020-09-13T20:10:27+00:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , |

Tivoli: Myth, History, and Prophecy

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Author: Marian Vermeulen No archeological tour of Italy would be complete without a visit to Tibur, modern Tivoli. The city has a long history, dating back to the 13th century B.C., when colonists from Alba Longa settled on the site. Tibur held a tumultuous relationship with Rome before it fell to its southern neighbors. Rome granted citizenship to Tibur in 90 B.C., after [...]

2020-08-22T23:10:19+00:00August 22nd, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , |

Theseus, the Minotaur, and the Minoans at Knossos

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“May I therefore succeed in purifying Fable, making her submit to reason and take on the semblance of History.” - Plutarch, Life of Theseus There is a particular thrill whenever it is discovered that ancient myths and legends have more basis in reality than was previously assumed, the mystical found rooted in reality. Such was the case when Heinrich Schliemann, a devoted lover of [...]

2020-08-05T22:09:35+00:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

Maximinus Thrax: The Warrior Emperor of Rome

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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 [...]

2020-08-29T18:46:20+00:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|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: , , , , , , , , |

Reign of Caracalla: Begun and Ended in Blood

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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 him, [...]

2020-08-29T19:09:48+00:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

Didius Julianus Buys the Roman Empire

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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 [...]

2020-08-29T19:40:01+00:00February 29th, 2020|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , |

Marcus Aurelius Part III: From Gold to Rust and Iron

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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 [...]

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

Marcus Aurelius Part II: Triumph and Tragedy

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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 [...]

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