roman history

  1. Jovialis

    Early Roman Mosaic Flooring Uncovered in Bath

    BATH, ENGLAND—The Bath Echo reports that a small section of mosaic flooring dating to the first century A.D. has been uncovered in the threshold of a room in the Roman bathing complex in Bath. The small, cream-colored tiles were made from local stone. “It shows that right from its inception the...
  2. Jovialis

    The Caesars (2019 TV Series)

    Martin Scorsese and Michael Hirst are collaborating together on a TV series about the power and political structure of ancient Rome titled The Caesars. Hirst is no stranger to such small screen historical fare himself, having previously created The History Channel’s Vikings and Showtime’s King...
  3. Jovialis

    Underground lakes found under Rome's Coelian hill

    I hope they find some bones down there.
  4. Jovialis

    Archaeologists Reveal 3D Skulls Of Ancient Romans Killed By Eruption Of Vesuvius

    I've very intrigued by the plans for future investigation of the skeleton samples.
  5. Jovialis

    13 Skeletons and Artifacts Discovered While Building Rome’s Subway

    I wonder if they plan on getting DNA from those 13 skeletons.
  6. Jovialis

    Roman Engineering Revealed in Corinth’s Ancient Harbor

    Interesting, sounds like a lot can be yielded for archaeologists from this discovery in regards to Roman engineering.
  7. Jovialis

    Julius Caesar's Britain invasion site 'found by archaeologists' The discovery of a defensive ditch and weapons led them to identify Pegwell Bay in Thanet, Kent, as the place they believe the Romans landed. The ditch, in the nearby hamlet of Ebbsfleet, was part of a large fort, the University of Leicester team...
  8. Jovialis

    2,000-year-old sundial discovered during Roman theatre excavation

    A 2,000-year-old intact and inscribed sundial – one of only a handful known to have survived – has been recovered during the excavation of a roofed theatre in the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas, near Monte Cassino, in Italy. Not only has the sundial survived largely undamaged for more than two...
  9. Maciamo

    LivingDNA Is the Central Italian component in Living DNA a good proxy for Roman ancestry?

    I now have the results of several Belgian people who tested with Living DNA. All got a bit of Scandinavian, and some got a from 1 to 3% of French, Basque, West Balkans, North Anatolian or Kurdish. But what really stood out is that all of them had considerable amount of Italian DNA, and in all...
  10. Maciamo

    Revisiting the subclades of Iron Age & Roman Age British R1b samples

    I noticed on Jean Manco's site that new SNPs were available for the Romano-British samples tested by Martiniano 2016 and the Celtic Hinxton genomes tested by Schiffels 2016. The six R1b samples from Roman Britain belonged to: - R1b-L21>DF63 - R1b-L21 (not just L11 as previously reported) -...
  11. B

    BBC's Gladiators: Back from the Dead aka some of the headless Roman gladiators!

    Didn't see the documentary on the possible Gladiators from Eboracum (York, England) listed here! Did you guys see it!?! (Sorry in advance if it was though before!). I am very interested in these guys as I matched two skeletons from this same cemetery - Driffield Terrace in York. I matched...
  12. Maciamo

    Identifying the Roman subclades of J2a1

    In 2013 I explained in my Genetic history of the Italians that the ancient Italic tribes, including the Latins/Romans would have belonged primarily to R1b-U152 (especially Z56). I mentioned that the original Latins of the Roman Republic would also have carried G2a-L140 (specifically the L13...
  13. Maciamo

    How much impact did slavery have on ancient gene pools in Europe ?

    I have long wondered how much of the modern Italian and Greek population descend from slaves imported from other countries. We have no idea at present if their genetic impact was minor (few slaves left descendants), moderate (e.g. 10% or 20% of modern genomes come from foreign slaves) or major...
  14. Maciamo

    Did the Roman Empire really end with WWI ?

    It may come as a surprise to most people, but from a historian's point of view it makes perfect sense to say that the Roman Empire truly cease to exist in 1918, when the German Empire, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were dismantled. Let me explain. The Romans founded Europe's first...
  15. Maciamo

    New distribution map of haplogroup E-M123

    To complete the series of main E1b1b subclades after E-V13 and E-M81, here is the map of E-M123, the most Middle Eastern of the three clades. I admit that I am a bit at a loss regarding its origin in Europe. M123 doesn't appear to be related to Neolithic cultures in the Balkans, which are...
  16. RHAS

    Haplogroup J2, Romans, Christianity and Viticulture

    Correlations between Haplogroup J2 M172, the Roman Empire, Christianity and Viticulture. Haplogroup J2 - Roman Empire. Haplogroup J2 - Spread of Christianity. Haplogroup J2 - Viticulture. Note! : Eupedia forum rule nr. 4. STAY ON TOPIC "Avoid posting messages that are out of context...
  17. Maciamo

    Evidence that the ancient Romans spread R1b-U152 based on Roman colonies in Italy

    I have updated my article on the Genetic History of Italy, adding a section arguing that the Romans were predominantly R1b-U152 (S28) based on the geographic distribution colonies founded by the Roman inside Italy. I have created a map showing the locations of Roman colonies and U152 frequencies.
  18. mbw1986

    Fall of the Western Roman Empire

    This is an informed opinion question. Why, in your view, did the Western Roman Empire collapse? (3 main reasons) For me, it was primarily: 1)over-reliance on auxiliary troops to defend an enormous frontier 2)loss of key grain-growing regions/ports to invaders 3)lack of political will for...
  19. Maciamo

    How did the ancient Romans turn into Italians ?

    One of the great mysteries of European history in my eyes is the complete reversal in character between the ancient Romans and medieval or modern Italians. The Romans were very organised, disciplined, serious, rather stern and stoic, military-minded, cared little about family ties (they...
  20. Maciamo

    Longest lived empires/states in history

    Many lists have been written about the most long-lived empires or states in the history of mankind and oddly enough nobody seems to agree on the ranking. That is because it depends how one counts. For example: a) Shall we consider only empires or also kingdoms and republics ? The longest-lived...