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Marius, the Guardian of Rome

01 April 2017 0 Comment

The story of Consul Caius Marius was saved for posterity by two Roman scribes, Tacitus and...

Art and History in Rome

04 March 2017 0 Comment

The truth is you can spend a lifetime in Rome and still only scratch the surface of the great...

The Vestal Virgins of Rome

15 December 2016 0 Comment

Rome borrowed Gods from the Greeks and the Etruscans to mix with its own collection of largely rustic home grown divinities; creating a religion that was more like a business affair. In which the worshipper promised X to a god in return for Y. Religion has been th...

Empress Messalina Prostitutes Herself

14 December 2016 0 Comment

In 38 AD Emperor Claudius married his second cousin, Valeria Messalina. And Caesar had no idea what was to come? The Perfect Wife Messalina was the third wife of Claudius, who was a paternal cousin of the Emperor Nero (and whose daughter Octavia later became the w...

Rome is Filled with Treasures

02 December 2016 0 Comment

There is a certain comfort in knowing that the very fast world that most of us live in today, slows down considerably in a city like Rome.

Yet so many first time visitors happily leave quickly for the more gentle and provincial streets of a 

Stolen From Italy

29 November 2016 0 Comment

In 2016 European culture and in particular the historical and artistic patrimony of Italy celebrates an event, the likes of which we hope will never be repeated. Italian Art comes home to Italy It was in the spring of 1816 that the Papal States’ masterpieces of ar...

Library of History in Rome

12 November 2016 0 Comment

“What is more important in a library than anything else is the fact that it exists” said Archibald MacLeish. He may well have had the awe inspiring library, Biblioteca Angelica in Rome in mind when he coined that phrase. A Miracle of a Library Considering that it ...

Charles V and the Sack of Rome (1527)

10 October 2016 0 Comment

The Sack of Rome on May 6 1527 The Sack of Rome was a personal tragedy for Charles V, who along with many other titles was also the Holy Roman Emperor, whose mutinous troops put Rome to the sword. The army of the Holy Roman Emperor defeated the French army in Ital...

Some Facts about the Colosseum in Rome

14 September 2016 0 Comment

In part we have Hollywood with films like Ben Hur and Quo Vadis to thank for having us believe that the Colosseum was a place of Christian slaughter, delicate morsels to be ‘fed to the lions’ and martyrdom. It was not despite the fact the Church in Rome declared i...

Ancient Church in Rome.

06 August 2016 0 Comment

The recently completed restoration of the “Ancient Church of Saint Mary” was built in the 5th century in the Forum Romanum. The conversion into a church was made from the monumental entrance created by the Emperor Domitian (51-96 AD) to the imperial palace perched...

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