AD 51 – The Emperor Domitian Born

24 October – On this day

Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus the future emperor of Rome was born. He became emperor after his brother Titus’ death in AD 81. Continue reading “AD 51 – The Emperor Domitian Born”

AD 33 – Death of Agrippina the Elder

17 October

On this day Agrippina the Elder, one of the most prominent women of 1st Century Rome died.

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AD54 – The Emperor Claudius Murdered

13 October – The unlikely emperor Claudius who had become emperor on the 24th of January AD41, was poisoned by order of the empress Agrippina, so that her son Nero could accede to the throne.

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Virtual reconstruction of House in Pompeii

Archaeologists have created a detailed 3D virtual reconstruction of a house in Pompeii before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Continue reading “Virtual reconstruction of House in Pompeii”

Chinese villagers descended from Roman Soldiers?


DNA testing has demonstrated that nearly two-thirds of villagers in a remote part of China on the fringes of the Gobi desert have Caucasian origins supporting a theory that these villagers may be descended from a lost Roman legion.

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1066 – William the Conqueror began the invasion of England

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”

Ancient Greek Myth – Jason and the Argonauts




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”

AD 86 – Birth of Antonius Pius

September 19

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”

AD 634 – Siege of Damascus

19 September

After a siege lasting almost a month the Rashidun Arabs under Khalid ibn al-Walid capture Damascus from the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire). Continue reading “AD 634 – Siege of Damascus”

AD 16 – Julia Drusilla

The daughter of the famous and much loved Germanicus, was born on 16 September AD 16 in Abitarvium in Germany.

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Viking Shield Maidens Myth or Reality?

The existence of Viking shield maidens although regularly mentioned in the sagas is still a matter of modern scholarly debate.

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13th September 1963 – Mary Kay Inc. founded


Texan born business entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash began her own skin care and cosmetics company 53 years ago today.

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AD 9 – Varus Disaster

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”

1957 – The ‘Edsel’.

4 September

After a year long publicity drive the Ford Motor Company introduces the Edsel.

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