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What Did Caesar Look Like?

This portrait bust of Julius Caesar has been found at the bottom of the Rhone River at Arles, France.   Photo from the CBC NEWS Archaeologists believe it was sculpted while he was still alive, perhaps two years before his … Continue reading

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The Crow: or the First Punic War (Part 3)

The Carthaginians were right: it took time to train sailors and oarsmen and Rome didn’t have time. But that wasn’t the first problem Rome ever had. Rome had been having problems for five hundred years. They believed problems could all … Continue reading

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The Crow: or the First Punic War (Part 2)

It wasn’t the Carthaginians that seized Messana. It was a bunch of silly mercenaries. Topography of Sicily (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license photo by Zamonin) Messana is in Sicily. And just down the island is the city of … Continue reading

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The Crow: or the First Punic War (Part 1)

What if you are a great army but your enemy is a great navy? You know how to march with fine discipline over hill and dale. You pitch a dandy camp, a real fortress with high walls and a ditch, … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Pet Dragon

(This monster is not by Leonardo but by Michelangelo) One day Leonardo da Vinci’s dad knocked on his door. “Haven’t you finished that shield yet? The guy’s been waiting for it for over two months?” Leonardo called from deep inside … Continue reading

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A Good Hot Roman Bath

Every Roman town had its bathhouse. Inside a Roman Bathhouse by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (public domain photo) People went there not only to wash and use the toilets but to socialize. There were halls and dressing rooms and usually three pools … Continue reading

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