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Top 5 Roman Sites in the United Kingdom

Author: timetravelrome /

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: , , , |

Agrippa Part IV: His Top 5 Building Projects as Aedile of Rome

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Augustus once famously said that he “found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble.” Much of that work was accomplished through the deputation of Marcus Agrippa.  When Augustus came to power, the city of Rome was not how we imagine it today. Having grown too large, too fast, it was a messy, ever-growing collection of brick and wooden [...]

2019-10-14T07:49:55+00:00October 14th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

Agrippa Part III: Battle of Actium and Founding of Nicopolis

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Having proven his naval prowess against Sextus Pompey as well as his unwavering loyalty, Agrippa was the natural choice for Octavian when the constant tension with Antony led to another nautical war. Shortly after the Battles of Mylae and Naulochus, Octavian had successfully ousted the third triumvir, Lepidus. As a result, he held sole control of the western half of Rome with Antony [...]

2019-10-07T06:57:26+00:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Agrippa Part II: Victory at Mylae and Naulochus

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Despite Julius Caesar’s complete defeat of Pompey the Great, Pompey’s children continued to fight in his name even after Caesar’s murder. The most successful was Sextus Pompey, who collected an armada of pirate ships and continually harassed Roman shipping. In 37 B.C., young Octavian suffered a shameful defeat against Sextus Pompey, and once again turned to his old friend, Marcus Agrippa, for help. [...]

2019-10-02T20:56:11+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: , , |

Agrippa Part I: Triumph at Sipious.

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“Agrippa, who was the closest friend of Octavian”. Appian, The Civil Wars History of Sipious (Sipous) Located on the western coast of Italy, ancient Sipious (Sipous) began as a Greek city. It was a colony founded by Diomedes according to legend, but likely established by Daunians, an Iapygian tribe consisting of a mixture of Illyrians from the west coast of Greece and Apulians from southern Italy, [...]

2019-09-30T20:35:09+00:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|Tags: |

Caligula’s Great Spectacle at Puteoli

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Lying on the northwestern corner of the Bay of Naples, the city of Puteoli was a vital hub of ancient Rome. Greek colonists first established the city in 194 B.C., but it soon fell into Roman hands. Puteoli thrived under Roman rule, becoming the primary import point for grain ships from Alexandria in Egypt, protected by the main strength of the Roman navy, [...]

2019-08-29T20:40:29+00:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Top Destinations|

Meta Sudans Rediscovered: Coins & Other Stories

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Meta Sudans: meaning and significance “Meta” was a tall conical structure that stood on either side of chariot racing tracks, while the Latin word “Sudans” stands for sweating. The Meta Sudans in the Valley of the Coliseum was once an imposing, conically-shaped fountain that seemed to sweat water. It stood at the juncture of four of the city’s Augustan regions (I, III, IV [...]

2019-08-17T19:22:10+00:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Coins and travel, Top Destinations|Tags: , , , , |
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