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ORGY HOUSE for sale on the on-line store SELLFY

An Original Story in an Original Time    Now available on the online store Sellfy is an original story written by Rob Cain.    Titled ORGY HOUSE it tells the...

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Looking for the Family of Warren W. Sheppard

The question is, “why?”  I promise that there is a fascinating connection that is of interest to this website.  There is no deadline on this.  If you have any...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Where is my safe zone in the Ancient World? Where is it in the Modern one?

Classical Mythology Too Triggering for Columbia Students Roman and Greek mythology “contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom,” students say. “Sigh!” It seems that...

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What of Daphne?

Classic Podcast I like to talk to you about a statue that I saw when I was in Rome, but first…see below.  The Myth: The God Apollo sees Eros, the Greek...

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A Proper Goodbye

Jeff passed away.   Frank Dicksee’s Funeral of a Viking. Dicksee is best known for his pictures of dramatic literary, historical, and legendary scenes Older Brothers.  What can I say? ...

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“Admit it,” said ‘N’, “you want to live in Ancient Rome.”

Discussions about Ancient Rome at Starbucks.  I was sitting in front of Starbucks with ‘N’ and our good friend  John Windmueller.  ‘N’ turned to me and said, “Admit it. ...

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Try this at Starbucks, and please let me watch!

A PLEA FOR A SUBMISSION:  If anyone has done this at their local Starbucks, please post the video on this site!   Mors est A.P. Style dux

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Indiana Jones in the hallway

Yelda Khorsabad CourtVisit King Sargon II of Assyria The entrance of the Oriental Institute Over the door, THE PAST hands knowledge to the present day. Oriental Institute MuseumSearch the...

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Ithaca

This poem is simply named Ithaca, written by C.P. Cavafy.  He is  considered the most distinguished Greek poets of the 20th Century.   To me this poem reads as simply,...

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Top 10 things that make you an Amateur Classicist

This is a Classic Ancient Rome Refocused Blog Post. The Top 10 Things that make you an Amateur Classicist  Editor’s Note*  These are my 10 things, what are yours?...

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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...

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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....

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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? ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Interview: Steven Saylor

(Editor’s Note – Mr. Saylor was featured on the podcast “Save Me a Seat at the Triumph, and Let’s throw a Cabbage at the Gaul.”    The following is a...

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