I’m going to have to hold my hands up and say I had a proper geek-fan-history-buff last weekend. In the last remaining time before Summer starts really melting into Autumn. I’ve started trying to get things done. Primarily because, you are currently reading the blog of a self-confessed history geek who lived under an hour… Read More A word on pilgrimages and re-enactments
If you are lucky enough to travel to Rome today you are greeted with the almost paradoxical world of ancient and modern, squished together into labyrinthine alley-ways, suddenly giving way to plaza-scapes filled with fountains monuments and flocks of tourists. The intoxicating and sometime stifling combination of modern buildings, pizzerias and ice-cream shops bustling round… Read More All Roads lead to Rome: But where the hell is my city A-Z?
If you count yourself as an inhabitant of the UK you may well have spent a proportion of the last month (at the very least) clinging onto an umbrella of apathy while politicians encourage a deluge of media reports, party political broadcasts and those glossy leaflets you find by your front door. What feels like demokratia –… Read More Demokratia in your face
This post is the first in a new series of posts that I shall be updating throughout 2015. In part the reason for this is a) the Romans had a really interesting attitude to death that deserves your and my attention b) sometimes the things the Romans wrote about death are hilarious, thought provoking, incredibly… Read More Daft Epitaphs
So the festive season has finally drawn its last rattling, jingling breath. Pies have been appreciated, turkey sandwiches munched. We all seem to unanimously look towards the bleak expanse of January with its hordes of deadlines and responsibilities and detoxing much like a downtrodden Cleopatra on the battle of Actium. Much like the afore-mentioned Queen of… Read More Time for 2015 to be welcomed to the way of the Toga
Although a little out of kilter and more than a little inaccurate…. Io Saturnalia all the same! Whatever your inclination, have a very happy Saturnalia, Christmas, Winter Festival, Holiday… From Time in a Toga
PART I: The Toga This post comes far later than expected owing, in part, to an unexpected increase in workload this week (who knew?). I will endeavour to make up for lost time with armed with a large dose of tea and some cheese on toast (fifty percent of the way to bread and circuses). On… Read More What to Wear – The Ultimate Style Guide to Roman Dress Sense: PART I – the toga