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Curiosities of ancient Rome


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The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

“Fenwick Treasure”

In 2014, during the excavations that preceded the expansion of the Williams and Griffin Fenwick department store on High Street in Colchester, a Roman treasure dated to the 60’s of the first century CE was discovered. Because of the place of discovery, the find was called as the “Fenwick Treasure”. (more…)

Nicolaus of Damascus

Nicolaus of Damascus (around 64 BCE – around 14 CE) came from one of the finest families in Coele-Syria; he was a friend and a trusted diplomat of Herod the Great. He traveled alongside Herod in all oikumene, the community – helping in his diplomatic missions, including to Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen, where for a time he was the teahcer of her children and the Mark Antony. (more…)

Origin of Brutus

It has become common to say that Caesar’s killers were Cassius and Brutus. Brutus is the nickname of the Iunii branch. Iunii were a family from which the kings of Rome came from. The son of the sister of last king of Rome, Tarquinius Superbus was Lucius Junius called Brutus. In Latin, “brutus” means “blunt, stupid, goofy”. (more…)

New movie about Ben Hur

The creators of the new movie about Ben Hur had plans to make the film in the Circus Maximus itself, the place where the great chariot races were once held. However, as it turned out, the producers were quickly brought back to Earth and due to “technical problems” they could not be able to shoot the famous scene of the race Ben Hur and Messala. (more…)

Vandalism on Roman monuments

In 2015 happened another example of vandalism on the majestic monument of Rome. Two young (21 and 25 years old) American women carved with a coin letters on the ancient wall. Then they made a “selfie” on her background. Other visitors noticed this, and the protection called for the carabinieri. This is another act of vandalism on Roman monuments. (more…)