Livia Drusilla: Evil Empress or Maligned Mother of the Empire?

January 24, 2012

In ancient history powerful women got a bad rap. This was especially the case for Rome’s first empress, Livia Drusilla, the wife of Augustus Caesar. She comes down to us as a sort of wicked step-monster of the Julio-Claudian family–one Continue reading

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When the Isle of Samos was the Center of the World

January 5, 2012

If it’s good to be the king, it’s even better to be the emperor. At least in ancient Rome. Unless your guards are waiting for you with daggers, or an angry wife feeds you poisoned mushrooms, you get to be Continue reading

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My Adventures With Ancient Maps

December 17, 2010

It was a gorgeous day to visit the nation’s capital, even with an inch of snow on the ground. Then again, any day that I get to visit the Library of Congress and use my shiny library card is a Continue reading

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