Monthly Archives: November 2017

TRIVIA TRAIL: EUROPE’S FIRST SUPERHIGHWAY

Question: What is Rome’s most famous ancient road called? Answer: The Via Appia, or Appian Way, which visitors to Rome can still walk along. (The Romans built things to last.) Begun by Appius Claudius Caecus in 312 BC, it started in Rome and by 244 BC went all the way to Brundisium (Brindisi) on the […]

HISTORY SHARE: ROMAN VILLA RECREATION

Ruins are all very well but, if you want to do more than just image a Roman villa in its heyday, and happen to be in Malibu, California … http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/experience-ancient-roman-villa-heart-malibu

HISTORY SHARE: PLINY THE YOUNGER’S ACCOUNT OF THE ERUPTION OF MOUNT VESUVIUS

Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, a Roman senator and writer more commonly known as Pliny the Younger, was seventeen at the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. (Whether that happened in August or October of that year is up for debate, but the year itself is pretty much accepted.) Being just across […]

DON’T FORGET THE ‘STORY’

November’s book suggestions are Roman based. Ages 3-7 Aesops’s Fables by Aesop (Greek Slave in Ancient Times) Ranger In Time # 2: Danger In Ancient Rome by Kate Messner (6 & Up) Romulus & Remus by Anne Rockwell   Ages 7-9 Hopscotch Histories: The Song Of Boudicaby Mick Gower (Roman Britain) I Survived The Destruction […]

HISTORY SHARE: ROMAN GLADIATOR SCHOOL

Not having been there for over four decades,  I went to Italy last year to research the last novel in my Time Rose series. My son went, too (to research film stuff), and one of the places we  visited was the Gruppo Storico Romano’s (Roman History Group’s) gladiator school in Rome. I sat out the ‘training […]

REMEMBRANCE DAY

HISTORIC BIRTHDAY THEME: ANCIENT ROME

Since the last book in my Middle Grade/YA time travel series (Time Rose Book 5: The Volcanic Rose) is set in Ancient Rome, this month’s birthday theme is – Ancient Rome! To really get in the swing of things, the birthday boy or girl and his/her guests should go by Roman version of their names […]

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