Tag Archives: Ancient Rome

Black Ships, a retelling of the Aeneid

This is the story of Gull, an oracle that sails with Aeneas and the refuges of the fallen city of Troy, to find a new homeland. It retells Virgil’s Aeneid–for those who don’t know, that’s a classic epic written during … Continue reading

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Competition and Conflict in The Hunger Games Novel

I recently spent a day reading The Hunger Games. I know, it’s been on my to-be-read list for years. I’m late to the party. So what else is new? But that’s not the important part. The important part is that … Continue reading

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Ancient Roman Historical Reenactment, with Whip and Hand to Hand

In Rome, historical reenactments are sometimes carried out in the Circus Maximus. There’s tons of videos available for this. Here’s one I liked: To throw in a tidbit of historical information, thumbs up did not mean the defeated warrior was … Continue reading

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A lot of people know Verona as the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and indeed, Juliet’s house is situated in the city (despite the small detail that she didn’t exist.) There are also an assortment of souvenirs available related … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar Kidnapped by Pirates!

One of my favorite anecdotes from history is this one about Julius Caesar, before he had the success we all know that would follow later, is about how he was captured by pirates. The pirates had a set price for … Continue reading

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