Brendan Simms, a hostorian from Cambriadge University, argues that Europe needs to learn the lessons of the Holy Roman Empire — which was none of those, but rather a secular confederation of German states — and come together in an American...Show More Summary
Perhaps our new national motto should be: When in America, do as the Roman Empire would do. Eat to your fill of food and violence, cheer on the warfighters, and dismiss expressions of doubt or dismay about military interventions and drone killings as "feminine" and "weak."
Tinted "lenses" have been used to protect eyes since 60 AD, but have evolved into one of the most essential accessories today. %VIRTUAL-Gallery-182547% Sunglasses, or a form of them, have been around since the Roman Empire. It is said that Emperor Nero wore polished emerald green gemstones to watch the gladiators fight in 60 AD. Show More Summary
Today marks the 560th anniversary of the fall and capture of the magnificent Christian city of Constantinople, the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, to the forces led by the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, Mohammed (Mehmet) II.
Byzantium (medieval Greece) survived the barbarian invasions that brought the Western Roman Empire to an end in the fifth century. Medieval Greece lived for more than a millennium, for several centuries a superpower. In fact, medieval Greece spread civilization to Eastern Europe and Russia.
The creation of a Hollywood movie started with a question on Reddit: Could a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus? The head-scratcher of a query, posted to the site in 2011, amassed nearly 4,000 comments and got military historian James Erwin thinking about the answer. Show More Summary
English has the largest vocabulary of any language. Mostly because of a willingness, like the Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church before it, to absorb whatever is in its path. We like it? Well take it! Salsa? Portmanteau? Agita?...
image credit: Jani Niemenmaa cc The plague may have helped finish off the Roman Empire, researchers now reveal. The plague is a fatal disease so infamous that it has become synonymous with any dangerous, widespread contagion. Scientists...Show More Summary
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is one of the wealthiest men in the world. The Russian is the fifth richest man in the United Kingdom (The Independent) and is ranked No. 107 worldwide in the Forbes Billionaires List. Roman’s empire started when he bought the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2003. Show More Summary
The notion of the "Land of Israel" ("Eretz Yisrael" known in Hebrew) has been sacred to the Jewish people since Biblical times. Various empires — including those of the Persians, Romans, Umayyads, and Ottomans — conquered the area until World War I when Britain took control of the area and subsequently declared it Mandatory Palestine in 1920. Show More Summary
New evidence suggests the Black Death bacterium caused the Justinianic Plague of the sixth to eighth centuries. The pandemic, named after the Byzantine emperor Justinian I (shown here), killed more than 100 million people. Plague may have helped finish off the Roman Empire, researchers now reveal. Show More Summary
1. The essence of the Roman empire. 2. Some charming side streets (Genoa could be added to the list). 3. The supply elasticity of Bitcoin, and macroeconomic bras, from Japan. 4. Ayn Rand on C.S. Lewis. 5. “In “Upstream Color,” the hero is a parasitic worm.” 6. Italian-language interview with me, on Europe and Italy.
Plague may have helped finish off the Roman Empire, researchers now reveal.
An infomercial selling “Mugs of The Roman Empire,” is a must see. Today’s your lucky day, you can now own a piece of Chelsea history. If you act quickly you can reserve one of Chelsea’s ”Mugs of the Roman Empire,” a commemorative piece of Chelsea history. You know you want one. If that doesn’t convince you that the narrator will: [...]
ante diem viii idus maias 1737 — birth of Edward Gibbon (Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire)
Saw this mentioned on the Classicists list … the folks at UWarwick are putting together something which will, no doubt, be very useful … here’s a bit from the introductory blurb: Work on provincial coins in the Roman Empire has demonstrated their potential to be used as a source to understand local culture as well [...]
Roman Empire in the Netherlands via Kris Hirst/About.com
During the first century BC, the Batavi, a branch of ethnic Chatti and auxiliary troops to the Roman legion, left their homes on the east bank of the Rhine River, and moved northward to the Netherlands, which was at the time, according to the historian Tacitus, an uninhabited damp lowland. But the Netherlands was not uninhabited.... Read Full Post
On this week's Podtoid, Jonathan Holmes ushers in the New Holy Roman Empire with the aid of deadly plants, Telly Salavas is given an overdue celebration, and two men have sex because of a necklace filled with blood. Elsewhere, we chat...Show More Summary
I won’t lie and say I wasn’t pulled to Istanbul by anything other than romance: Istanbul is the final stop on The Orient Express, it’s where the power of the Roman Empire split, and it’s a city that bridges two continents. It could easily be the setting of a Zoe Archer romance or the backdrop for a political thriller. Istanbul lacks...