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Matthew Leigh Embleton to join the storytelling team at Ancient Rome Refocused

Matthew Leigh Embleton joins Ancient Rome Refocused.   For Season 6 of Ancient Rome Refocused composer and writer Matthew Leigh Embleton will be joining the podcasts to deliver lectures on his favorite subjects about the ancient world.  Embleton has been a welcomed Ancient Rome Refocused contributor for many years, and now he will drop in via…

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Investigating Bast Cults in London

An Investigative Report on the influence of Bast in the London Metropolitan Area Rob Cain’s Historical Detective Agency Field Report: Submitter:  Agent Tag ‘Toggle’ Montague, London Office   December 12, 2021.  http://ancientromerefocused.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/rob-chains-main.mov Boss, the rumors are true.  We have been getting reports of the God Bast showing up in parts of London for some years…

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Coming Soon, Citizens!

A New season with some very interesting people Professors, Writers, and Musicians that use the ancient world as their muse and passion   David Denyer Dr. Steven Fine Matthew Leigh Embleton Phillip Matyszak Vickey Leon Ruth Downie Dr. Helen King Alison Morton Dr. Gregory Aldrete Who is on the show for Season 6?       …

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Bad Helen of Troy

Helen in Hell “And were you pleased?” they asked of Helen in Hell.“Pleased?” answered she, “when all Troy’s towers fell,And dead were Priam’s sons, and lost his throne,And such a war was fought as none had known,And even the gods took part, and all becauseOf me alone? Pleased?….”I should say I was!” -Lord Dunsany Edward…

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The God Pan

The painting above is titled: Pan and Syrinx, c.1620/25, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Location: The Royal Collection London United Kingdom The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen Steven King called the The Great God Pan as, “Maybe the best [horror story] in the English Language.  King was right.  It’s a  creepy little book, but well…

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The Business Affairs of Mr. Julius Caesar

by Bertolt Brecht Brecht is one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th Century. In college I saw a black and white movie of his production THREE PENNY OPERA. The play was stark, and the music (composed by Kurt Weill) strange and memorable. When I discovered that a recent publishing of his unfinished novel…

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The Holding Room

Editor’s Note *  “Satire is the enemy of Emperors.”   The Holding Room by Mutatis  The first time that Pepper Lynn gave a tour she hated it.  It wasn’t the tour that made her upset, it was the finale.  The tour always ended at the same place.  The same spot.  Her job, most of it anyway,…

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You’re never alone at Starbucks with the Smaller Classical Dictionary

Sometimes I get lonely at Starbucks.  However, not when I take the Smaller Classical Dictionary.    It’s easily shoved in your computer bag, purse, or jacket pocket.  It is your own personal entourage that sits with you in front of Starbucks, the doctor’s office, or that layover in Madrid.   I would take this book with…

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How to lead Bedouin Workers and not come off as a Jerk.

How to lead Bedoin Diggers and not come off as a Jerk Jordan has participated in digs in the Middle East, Europe and Canada.  He can be reached at jrharbour@gmail.com.  He currently runs a history podcast called Twilight Histories which has a time travel theme.     By Jordan Harbour If you find yourself on an…

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Warning! Use with caution.

Above Painting: The Oracle, 1880, Camillo Miola (Biacca). Oil on canvas, 42 1/2 x 56 1/4 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum Magi tool box found in Pompeii As my father always said, “Always have the right tools for the job.” Smithsonian Magazine had a great posting on a sorceress box found in a garden…

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