General Roman History

Cena Romana

Last Saturday night my Hadrian’s Wall hiking group got together for a Roman feast potluck. We dined well on dishes based on ancient Roman recipes adapted in the book, The Classical Cookbook by Andrew Dalby and Sally Grainger. Our menu included: Honeyed White Wine Garlic Cheese with Bread Olives Parthian Chicken Shoulder of Pork with […]

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General Roman History

No TV? No Internet? Trajan had an app for that.

Trajan erected his famed column in AD 113 and it was an original and memorable way to broadcast his success in defeating one of Rome’s long-time enemies, the Dacians and their ruler Decebalus. The column was covered in carved depictions of events that happened during his campaigns in Dacia (modern Romania) on the Danube frontier in […]

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General Roman History

Roman Witches

Hideous women performing strange and perverse nocturnal acts, summoning the power of the demons who dwell between the earth and the underworld, between life and death. Witches haven’t changed much in 2000 years and we have no trouble recognizing the witches of Roman literature. Canidia and Sagana– Horace wrote two poems about these witches, one slightly […]

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