Category Archives: Mérida

A Bishop Chickens Out. Would You?

“The incense is in that bowl, Basílides,” said the Roman official. “When you are finished making your offering to the emperor, I will give you this certificate with my signature. Keep it with you and show it to any Roman … Continue reading

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How to Find a Lost City

Most old towns are lost. Look at the maps drawn by Strabo and Ptolomeo: not one in ten is still around. What happened to them all? How can a whole town disappear? Map of Europe according to Strabo (time of … Continue reading

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An Irresistible Gladiator Show

Few could resist the attraction of the gladiator combats. Pollice Verso by Jean-Leon Gerome (public domain photo) Gladiators came from the dregs of society and the combats were rude and cruel; and yet they seduced not only the rabble but … Continue reading

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Chariot Racing

The Roman circus was a race-track. None has survived intact but enough of the one in Mérida, Spain, is left to give you the feeling of the place. It was built at the time of Christ. Remains of the Roman … Continue reading

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