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So-Called Barbaric Nomads & Troublemakers on the Edge of the Roman Empire

November 19, 2011

To the ancient Romans, just about everyone was a barbarian. (Except the Greeks, who gave them the word in the first place, not to mention an inferiority complex to go with it.) Whether it was Blue Picts of Scotland or Continue reading

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Entertainment in the Court of Juba II & Cleopatra Selene

June 13, 2011

Cross-posted from: Unusual Historicals Blog

Entertainment in the ancient world relied upon trained performers. Such training didn’t come cheap, so royal patronage was highly sought after by would-be entertainers. The most prestigious patronage to secure in the Augustan Age was, Continue reading

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