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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Costume Idea for Halloween: The Catacomb Saints

During the late 16th century, skeletons of individuals found in Roman Catacombs were claimed to be the bodies of the earliest Christian martyrs. The skeletons were decorated with jewels and fantastic costumes and given fictitious names, and then were sent to Catholic churches and institutions in German-speaking Europe as relics of early Christian saints. As the Catholic Herald reports, … Continue reading »

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Arthur Evans’s Cretan Pictographs and Prae-Phoenician Scripts: “Breaking the Time Barrier” Between Historic and Prehistoric Greece

This paper was written as a final essay for a seminar in Historiography at North Carolina State University, under Dr. Brent S. Sirota during the Fall semester of 2012. It details the discoveries and contributions of Sir Arthur Evans in his initial years as a scholar of Greek prehistory, as detailed in his publication Cretan … Continue reading »

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Roman fish sauce is making a come-back in Italian Cooking

NPR’s Deena Pritchep reported on today’s Weekend Edition that some Italian chefs are beginning to reintroduce an ingredient to their cooking that stretches back to the Roman Empire, namely fermented fish sauce (or garum). Listen to the story and read more at

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Lasers and robots explore ancient Rome’s hidden aqueducts

The Telegraph reports that archaeologists are now able to map the tunnels of Rome’s aqueducts with the help of lasers and robots. Now that’s my kind of archaeology! Read more at The Telegraph.    

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Word of the Day (Halloween edition): “Mummy”

Probably one of the most iconic figures of Halloween is the guy dressed up in toilet paper or cut up rags that wrap around his entire body, his arms extended out in front of him so as to appear to be walking in a trance, who had “risen from the dead.”  Or in other words … Continue reading »

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Check out our new Resources page!

We’ve recently added a “Resources” page to the website, where you can find a growing list of links to online resources for your research or casual perusal! Check it out here!

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The Ancient Channel No.5…Unguentaria and the Lady Smells of Antiquity

Alright so most people think that perfumes are something of the modern world. However, in antiquity- bathing was all too rare, and most times your musk was covered up by the flowery, sweet, and luscious smells of frankincense and myrrh. (I may be exaggerating a bit here, but in between baths, one could lather oil … Continue reading »

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Where is Herod the Great?

King Herod is one of the most reviled characters in human history. Often remembered as a deranged tyrant who ordered the death of his own family and a massive extermination of young Jewish boys in order to keep his throne, Herod was a masterly politician and brilliant architect and builder whose public works legacy can … Continue reading »

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Thirsty eh?

Archaeologists find a massive wine cellar in Bulgaria! These lil gems are amphorae- or two handled, transport/ storage jars. They commonly held grain, olive oil, or most importantly -as many would agree- WINE. Who needs water, when you could have a fabulous Greek or Roman Red Blend to help you along in your weaving of … Continue reading »

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Introducing a Collaborative Blog about Ancient History

Earlier this year, I launched Antiquorum et Praesentis (A&P) as a personal website for informing my friends, family members, and anyone interested of my studies in Ancient History and Archaeology. I posted my own personal musings about history and archaeology and linked to news articles detailing discoveries made in the field, and the site was a … Continue reading »

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