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Fargo and the Gods

This is a Classic Blog Post from 2017.   I admit it.  I got hooked on the TV show FARGO, especially the season with Mary Elizabeth Winsted.  I confess, there is nothing like a sexy protagonist (antagonist?) who is dangerous.  Through the entire show I thought, “I want her on my side.”  She was great.  However,…

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Joe Frank Meets Ancient Rome Refocused

Classic blog post  On the Ancient Rome Refocused Facebook page Steve Casey had a comment: While listening to the latest show that dropped yesterday (“Nothing New Under the Sun. Get Over it.”) – it hit me, it’s like a history podcast meets Joe Frank. Very coool. This struck a chord in me.  Why is that…

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Questions from a Worker who Reads

By Bertolt Brecht Who built Thebes of the 7 gates?  In the books you will read the names of kings.  Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?  And Babylon, many times demolished,  Who raised it up so many times?  In what houses of gold glittering Lima did its builders live?  Where, the evening…

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Welcome to Ancient Rome Refocused

“Just finished listening to episode 12 & just wanted to write you a quick note.  The story of Venus was absolutely spellbinding. The music, the story & the narrator were absolutely perfect.” Cheers,Gerald Hayes Welcome to the new and updated blog for the show.  ARR suffered a crash when WordPress did an update so we…

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Why Pursue A Classics Degree?

(Editor’s note – First published 2013/09/21.  I am quite proud of this post.  If you look below I composed a course description for taking the classics in college.  I suppose reading Rush Limbaugh’s response to a person that obtained a classics degree got me a bit angry.  So I typed in revenge mode and the…

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Original Fiction: The Cure

ORIGINAL FICTION by Alex Gough, (submitted 2016/12/10) Alex Gough is a vet from southwest England and the author of the Carbo series of novels, following the scarred and traumatized veteran of the legions as he tries, and fails, to achieve a quiet retirement. Alex is married with a daughter and a small menagerie of pets….

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Why Did Paganism Die?

A Rob Cain Rant (editorial, first published 2015/04/18) I’m the type of guy that tears out an article out of the newspaper, folds it up, and carries it about in my wallet. It has to be special. The subject has to be something that pricks on some unexplainable level. The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Edition, Saturday/Sunday, March 21-22 2015…

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Book Review: Empire by Steven Saylor

First posted on 2010/08 /24  I rate a book by whether I simply read it or I devour it.  This I devoured.   Empire is the story of a family who are eyewitnesses to the glory and the decadence of the Emperors spanning 4 generations from 14 A.D. to 141 B.C.  Over time the Pinarius family…

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Interview: Carl Richard

Editor’s Note – Professor Carl Richard was featured on the podcast “Washington Wore a Toga”.  The following is a transcript of the interview that was first published on the blog in 2011.  Professor Richard wrote the book:  Why We’re all Romans:  The Roman Contribution to the Western World.  Rob Cain: In your book I’ve read…

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Interview: Eric Shanower

(Editor’s Note – Mr. Shanower was featured on the podcast “Season 2, Ancient Troy, Graphic Novels and Brad Pitt?  The following is a transcript of the interview that was first published on the blog in 2011).  Rob Cain:  We have on the phone Mr. Eric Shanower who is the writer and illustrator of the graphic novel,…

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