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date: 24 Aug
The Eruption of Mount Vesuvius     -  24th August 79AD  -     A story of endless fascination the world over, the eruption of Pompeii has been recreated on TV and film on numerous occasions. The towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum have become some of the great tourist spots, situated in the Bay of Naples. What is often forgotten however is the massive...
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  • Empires
  • Roman
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date: 06 Jan
January:  New Beginnings  -  January is a time of new beginnings and starts. It is perhaps worth remembering why the month is so called. All the months of our calendar come from Roman times before Christ.  January itself is named after Janus the God of beginnings and transitions. He is a two-headed God looking back to the past and ahead to the...
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  • Religion
  • Roman
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date: 18 Jul
The Great Fire of Rome     -  July 18/19 64AD  -     ‘Nero fiddled while Rome burned’ is a well-known phrase. It has a double meaning. Firstly that Nero was wholly ineffectual as a leader but he also played music and lived a decadent lifestyle whist the people he ruled led miserable lives. It also refers to the Great Fire of 64AD that was to...
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  • Emperors
  • Roman
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date: 25 Dec
Christmas is the day when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus, who they consider to be the Son of God. The name itself comes from the Mass of Christ which is where they remember that Jesus died for them and came back to life. The Christ Mass was the only service allowed after sunset and before sunrise the following morning. No...
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  • Religion
  • Roman
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  • Victorians
date: 15 Mar
Power always does funny things to people. The struggle for power and democracy has thrown up extraordinary events and the 15th March 44BC is one of the best remembered. At the age of 55 Julius Caesar was the most powerful man in the civilised world. Having defeated Pompey, amongst others, he had been a dictator for 5 years. However this brought...
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  • Emperors
  • Roman
  • This week in history