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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 [...]

2020-04-05T22:47:50+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 [...]

2020-05-20T19:59:35+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, [...]

2020-07-19T22:18:43+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 [...]

2020-02-29T14:20:31+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: , |

Marcus Aurelius Part I: The Caelian Hill Births an Emperor

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“Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leading men genuinely and adequately philosophize, that is, until political power and philosophy entirely coincide…cities will have no rest from evils, nor, I think, will the human race.” - Plato, Republic A note from Marian Vermeulen (author): I am a longtime lover of Marcus Aurelius. His picture is on the [...]

2020-05-20T19:45:43+00:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

Top 5 Roman Sites in the United Kingdom

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Exploring the Edges of Empire As a part of the Empire for over 350 years, from annexation by the emperor Claudius in 43 AD to the full Roman retreat in 410, Britain today is scattered with remains of its ancient, Classical past. For a long time, the island was ignored: although Julius Caesar is known to have landed here as early as around [...]

2019-11-18T07:48:52+00:00November 18th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Agrippa Part VI: Farewell at Boscoreale

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“Such was the end of Agrippa, who had in every way clearly shown himself the noblest of the men of his day.” - Cassius Dio Although ancient writers accepted the rumors that Augustus sent Agrippa away due to rising jealously between Agrippa and Marcellus, the nephew of Augustus, the long standing loyalty and esteem between the two men, from their earliest years together [...]

2019-10-25T18:27:13+00:00October 25th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , |

Agrippa Part V: Mission to Mytilene

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“Augustus preferred no one to Herod besides Agrippa, and Agrippa made no one his greater friend than Herod besides Augustus.” - Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews In 23 B.C., a series of curious events took place. Despite their long and close friendship, Octavian, now known as Augustus, sent Agrippa away to govern the eastern province of Syria. It was an assignment that to [...]

2019-10-21T20:15:27+00:00October 21st, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , |
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