27 September – William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the River Somme to begin the invasion of England. He was also known as William the Bastard because he was the illegitimate child of Robert I (Duke of Normandy) and Herleva, the Duke’s mistress. Continue reading “1066 – William the Conqueror began the invasion of England”
Argonautica was written in the 3rd Century BC by the Greek epic poet Apollonius Rhodius.
It is a mythological story of Jason, Prince of Iolcus and a band of sailors (Greek: ναύς) aboard a ship named the Argos (Greek: Αρλώ, literally ‘the sailors of the Argos’ = Αρλόναύτς). Continue reading “Ancient Greek Myth – Jason and the Argonauts”
Pius Was adopted by the emperor Hadrian and is widely regarded as one of the five good emperors, he succeeded to the principate after the death of Hadrian, he received the name Pius either as a result of his fight with the Senate to ensure the deification of Hadrian after his death, or his pardoning of Senators Hadrian had sentenced to death. Continue reading “AD 86 – Birth of Antonius Pius”
The existence of Viking shield maidens although regularly mentioned in the sagas is still a matter of modern scholarly debate.
Texan born business entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash began her own skin care and cosmetics company 53 years ago today.
9 September – On this day
One of the most significant losses Rome ever suffered occurred in the Teutoburg forest during the reign of Rome’s first emperor Augustus. The Roman forces led by Publius Quinctilius Varus, the governor of Germania, were led into an ambush and slaughtered losing the three legions assigned to the fledgling province. Continue reading “AD 9 – Varus Disaster”
4 September 1941
During a convoy operation the US destroyer Greer is attacked by a German U-Boat.
1 September 1941
Army Group North closes in on the city of Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Eastern Front”
The Black Sea, known to the Greeks as Pontos Euxeinos or the “Hospitable Sea”, is the focus of this series, which is concerned with ethnic relations, cultural interaction, and economic interdependence in the Black Sea region in the period c. 700 BC-AD 325, but with a main focus on the years ca. 400 BC-100 AD. Continue reading “Black Sea Studies – Open Access Journal”
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, AKA Caligula the future emperor of Rome and son of the very popular Germanicus was born on this day in AD 12. Continue reading “AD 12 – The Emperor Caligula is Born”