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Ancient Rome on Film, Part 2: The Empire Strikes Back, from Gladiator to Spartacus Blood and Sand

For nearly 3 decades, the sword and sandal genre would be dead forever, becoming formulaic and grand spectacles that lost at the box office...

Ancient Rome on Film, Part 1: From Spartacus to the Fall of the Empire

With the recent announcement that Starz, a successful cable network, was promoting a new version of Spartacus, fans of the sword and sandals genre everywhere are foaming at the mouth.

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Ancient Rome on Film, Part 2: The Empire Strikes Back, from Gladiator to Spartacus Blood and Sand

For nearly 3 decades, the sword and sandal genre would be dead forever, becoming formulaic and grand spectacles that lost at the box office...

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Language and Identity in the Roman Empire

The most detailed records we have of ancient Europeans come to us from early Greek historians who describe the various tribes and peoples that lived at the periphery of their known world...These “Barbarians”, a term coined by the later Romans because of the beards they wore, were bereft of any value and systematic forms of civilizations that existed in the Greek world.

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Ancient Rome on Film, Part 1: From Spartacus to the Fall of the Empire

With the recent announcement that Starz, a successful cable network, was promoting a new version of Spartacus, fans of the sword and sandals genre everywhere are foaming at the mouth.

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The Origins of Halloween Part 1: Samhain and the Celtic Time of Spirits

Did you know that the Jack O’ Lantern is actually thought to represent a severed human head captured in battle?  An that in Mexico, some people sleep on the graves on their ancestors on the night before Halloween?

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Largest Anglo-Saxon treasure since Sutton Hoo, discovered in England

Experts say the collection of gold and silver pieces, completely reshape our understanding of the Dark Ages. The find  containing almost fifteen hundred gold and silver items thought to date from the 7th or 8th century,  staggering archeologists with it’s unparalleled in size and may be worth millions.