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Village built on ruins of Rhine fort after Romans left

Continuing excavation of the Roman fort in the southwest German town of Gernsheim discovered last year has revealed that civilians built a village on the site after the Romans left. Last year a team of 15 students led by archaeologist Dr. Thomas Maurer of Goethe University found postholes from the fort towers and two ditches [...]

Roman Vicus at Gernsheim

A Goethe-Universitat press release: FRANKFURT/GERNSHEIM. During their first Gernsheim dig last year, Frankfurt University archaeologists suspected that a small Roman settlement must have also existed here in the Hessian Ried. Now they have discovered clear relics of a Roman village, built in part on the foundations of the fort after the soldiers left. This probably […]

The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity

Excerpted from The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity: Trials From New Haven Colony, 1639–1663 by Jon C. Blue. Out now from Wesleyan University Press. On Feb. 14, 1642, a planter of New Haven Colony named John Wakeman informed the magistrates...Show More Summary

“Fixed their Standard upon the Tree of Liberty”

It took until 16 Sept 1765 for Edes and Gill’s Boston Gazette to report on the ceremony that gave a name to Liberty Tree. And by then the paper had to respond to the earlier report in the Boston News-Letter (full title: Massachusetts...Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem xv kalendas octobres

ante diem xv kalendas octobres ~ ludi Romani (day 13) ~ 14 A.D. — the dead emperor Augustus is declared to be Divus Augustus ~ 134 A.D./C.E. — ‘martyrdom’ of Rabbi Akiva


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Rex Winsbury Bloomsbury (2015) p/b 246pp £21.99 (ISBN 9781474237123) At the beginning of this book W., a veteran journalist and historian, puts Pliny in the dock. He acknowledges that his letters give us a unique insight into the social, literary and domestic conventions of upper class life…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Ann Vasaly CUP (2015) h/b 209pp £55 (ISBN 9781107065673) Was Livy really a ‘small man, detached from affairs’ (Ogilvie), a ‘non-political moralist’ (Walsh) and a ‘political innocent… unable to interpret historical phenomena or visualize historical change’ (the view of Collingwood and Syme, as summarised by Walsh)? In…


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Gwendolyn Compton-Eagle CUP (2015) h/b 198 pp £65.00 (ISBN 0781107083790) Aristophanes’ first productions made great use of visual effect. Slapstick performances, seriously inventive staging and occasionally fantastical costumes enhanced their comedic impact. Show More Summary


Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Jerry Toner Profile (2015) p/b 152pp £8.99 (ISBN 9781781254202) OUP has been publishing ‘Very Short Introductions to…’ for over twenty years, and Profile is now trying its luck in the same field with its ‘Ideas in Profile’ series, subtitled ‘Small Introductions to Big Topics’, of which the…

Repititiationes ~ 09/16/15

@ROMtoronto #AskaCurator outside of the skull+helmet., do you have other items said to be from marathon? — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) September 16, 2015 Did you know that in Serbia were born a 17 Roman emperors #serbia #history...Show More Summary

Striking photographs of immigrants on Ellis Island

The New York Public Library’s digital collection continues to grow as they digitize their huge collections of photographs, manuscripts, maps. They’re up to 838,384 individual items from The New York Public Library’s collections digitized and uploaded to its website. Many of the scans are in high resolution and while the interface can be a bit [...]

The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook is at the printer

Yesterday, our publisher Savas Beatie LLC sent the new book by myself and Steve Stanley to the printer. Titled The New Gettysburg Campaign Handbook, it is the newest in the "Handbook" series by Savas Beatie. Steve completely designed...Show More Summary

"Plenty of Blame To Go Around" in paperback June 2011

Eric Wittenberg and I were just informed by our publisher, Savas Beatie LLC, that our first book together Plenty of Blame To Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg will be out in paperback this coming June. This book...Show More Summary

Compounding a fraud

By now, many or most of my readers, I'm sure, have read of the scandal surrounding Lincoln historian Thomas P. Lowry. There are several online articles detailing how Lowry admitted, earlier this month, to falsifying a date on an Abraham Lincoln soldier pardon in the National Archives from 1864 to 1865. Show More Summary

Antietam and Gettysburg weekend

Last night I came back from a very productive 3-day trip to Antietam and Gettysburg. I arrived in Gettysburg at Steve Stanley's house on Thursday evening. Friday morning, we drove down to Antietam to spend most of the day with good friend Ted Alexander, the head historian. Show More Summary

We never stop learning...

There is no doubt that we never stop learning - the more we look, study, listen, scrutinize and question, the more that is revealed to us.All those old pictures taken during the Civil War - ones we've looked at a million times - seem like old hat to many of us. Show More Summary

I'm often reminded...

Because I give quite a number of talks throughout the year, participate in book signings, and participate in many chats/discussions of topics that pertain to my books (directly or indirectly), I'm often reminded of exactly why I do this work. Show More Summary

Very nice honor - and two new books!

Steve Stanley and I were very humbled recently when we were informed that our The Complete Gettysburg Guide was placed on the Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides' list of "Recommended Reading" for the Guide exam last year. We're very...Show More Summary

Merry Christmas to all!

From my family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! It's been quite busy the last few weeks (hence the paucity of posts) - I have four (four?!) books coming out next year, and the first manuscript is due January 15. I've been working hard on that one, then it's on to the next. Show More Summary

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

Okay, we all know the December drill - long lines at the box stores, folks scrambling to find last-minute presents... it can be maddening. To make your Christmas purchasing perhaps a little easier, we have a special offer for you. If...Show More Summary

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