Category Archives: Arabian Horizon

Shaping Roman Scotland

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Roman forts reflect the geological changes that have shaped Scotland and Scottish history. Advertisements

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B for Bikini

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Although experts prefer to avoid authenticity arguments there comes a point when even casual observers wonder: Did Roman Men really wear Tights? Did Roman Women really wear Bikinis?

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E for Elephant

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Roman History has – just like an elephant – wrinkles. But – unlike an elephant – Roman History forgets and fudges it’s embarrassing blemishes.

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R for Rome

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The layers of debris and dirt that smothered Ancient Rome have a tale to tell. Whether that tale agrees with the official narrative is another story altogether.

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C for Colossal

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The remaining body parts of the Colossus of Constantine are an enduring reminder that students are taught to ignore truly colossal levels of Cogitative Dissonance.

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P for Porphyry

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Whilst perusing porphyry sculptures serendipity supplied some surprises.

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S for Sculpture

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A sideways shufty at Roman sculpture suggests things aren’t all they should be.

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A for Augustus

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Taking a sideways look at the historical narrative encompassing the death of the Roman Republic and it’s subsequent resurrection as the Roman Empire highlights some curious characters and discordant data.

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M for Marcus

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Applying the Sagan Standard to Roman History means: Extraordinary Roman Narratives require Extraordinary Roman Evidence. The Sagan standard is an aphorism that asserts that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence“.

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Amphitheatre of Serdica

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This summer serendipity sends Malaga Bay to Bulgaria. Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, … Continue reading

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The Late Paleocene Event

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The most telling aspect of the Late Paleocene Event is the divergent data. The ooze on the Shatsky Rise at ≈ 32° North has an outlier δ18O high spike. The ooze on the Maud Rise at ≈ 66° South has … Continue reading

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Late Paleocene Thermal Minimum

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If you’ve ever felt the Earth Sciences are rather special then you’ve arrived at the right place. On the other hand: If you believe the Earth Sciences are entirely based upon robust science then you’ve arrived at the wrong place … Continue reading

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Heinsohn Horizon: Middle-Earth

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In the realm of British Medieval History the boundary between fact and fiction is indistinct and it should be no surprise that C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien are [both] “best known” for their works of fantasy fiction. … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Carthage Connection

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Occasionally, it’s helpful to combine a series of posts into a single document for off-line perusal.

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Enigmatic Egypt: Roman Ruination – Red Sea Hills

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The Roman narrative for Egypt includes the quarrying of monumental hard stones and the mining of gold, emeralds and amethyst in the Red Sea Hills of the Eastern Desert that separates the Nile from the Red Sea. To the east … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Vanished Visigoths

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At the beginning of the 5th century many migrants are said to have arrived in Iberia. The Visigoths, Suebi, Vandals and Alans arrived in Spain by crossing the Pyrenees mountain range, leading to the establishment of the Suebi Kingdom in … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Italic Iberians

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The academic assertion that Spanish is a Latin Language is the equivalent to asserting the title of Shakespeare’s Macbeth should be called MacDuff because Lady Macduff makes a brief appearance towards the end of the play. Lady Macduff is a … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Purged Punic

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The Phoenicians [like the Greeks] have been written out of the Spanish linguistic narrative. They say that history is written by the conquerors, but this wasn’t the case for the Phoenicians. That is probably because, although they settled in the … Continue reading

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Latin Languages: Ionian Iberians

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The linguistic narrative for Iberia begins with isolated Iberians idly talking amongst themselves. According to this narrative the literary abilities of the Iberians hadn’t advanced beyond writing “the names of their dead on gravestones” when the Romans arrived in 218 … Continue reading

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Enigmatic Egypt: Roman Ruination – Desert

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The academic consensus is that North Africa became “much drier” about 5,000 years ago. The Neolithic Subpluvial, or the Holocene Wet Phase, was an extended period (from about 7500–7000 BCE to about 3500–3000 BCE) of wet and rainy conditions in … Continue reading

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