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The Greater Hero: Poirot or Hercules?

By Rob Cain   To take the Ten labors of Hercules and write a Poirot story for each is an ambitious task.  Comparing the rotund, mustached slow-moving private detective...

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A short distance between artist and archaeologist

Running through Nicola White’s neighborhood is a portal to the past.  It leaves clues and remnants of past ages.  She has no need for time machines when the River...

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Stealing Stonehenge

(Editor’s note*  The following is satire (the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics...

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Torturing Day

Torturing Day By Rob Cain Begging is boring.  No one wants to talk to you. Pariah and outcast. You are nothing to them.  They don’t look at your face. ...

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An Opinion on ‘Crazy Women’ by Rob Cain

The Bacchae was written by the Athenian playwright Euripides. (small blast of trumpets) It won first place in a city’s playwriting competition called the Dionysia. It is a tragedy, based on...

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An Opinion on Ancient Troy by Rob Cain

  (Editor’s Note:  The painting above is titled “The Procession of the Trojan Horse” by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo.  I had to look up the meaning of the words “Paladi...

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I forgot my Tux for the Decades Ball

Bob Balaban Rebecca Hall RIchard Kind Reeve Carney Morgan Spector Reggie D. White Christopher Lloyd Alec Baldwin A Night to Remember By Rob Cain My cousin sent me a...

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Outside Starbucks

I was sitting outside Starbucks today, and saw this lady with this interesting Teeshirt.  She was one of two conducting a leadership conference for entrepreneurs and she and her...

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The Roman Centurion Speaks

Editor’s Note:  A note from Rob Cain (Stray thoughts).   I am told that in Kipling’s time of the RAJ, that there were Brits that stayed in India rather than...

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My Goblin Therapist

A bit of therapeutic magic When a book is delivered all the way from Australia you pay attention. Receiving something from so far away is magical.  It came Air...

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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 tale...

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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...

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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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I’m the Emperor, and you’re NOT!

One of my favorite podcasts.  A boy wanders into a library.  A magi allows him to look into the future to see his rise to the throne.  This episode...

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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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Khaled al-Asaad

Remember his name Khaled al-Asaad. Say that name. Say it to others and to yourself. If we talk of Palymra, we have to say Khaled al-Assad. I hate 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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Isis Worship

Classic Blogpost by Guest Editor Hattem Hassouba Part of the fun of having a blog is that you can get many different people sharing their ideas on how they see...

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The heroic stand of Servius Sulpicius Galba

Classic Podcast from Ancient Rome Refocused. William Glover was a regular contributor to this blog.  I interviewed him for a podcast where he took me through the ins and...

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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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Interview: Erick Shanower

CLASSIC Interview, published 2011 Season 2:  Ancient Troy, Graphic Novels and Brad Pitt?  Rob Cain:  We have on the phone Mr. Eric Shanower who is the writer and illustrator of...

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Up Pompeii on Plautus TV

Classic blog post from Ancient Rome Refocused Up Pompeii TV show on Public Television in Chicago   I noticed that someone dropped in on my blog site after googling the...

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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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Trying Neaira

The following is a Classic Blog Post originally posted on September 5, 2013.    Sexual Politics in Tunic World The imagery above is the cover of the book Trying...

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Don’t Ask, we may not know

If anyone knows who wrote this, please leave the answer in the comment field below.  I originally saw this poem on the History Channel’s Vikings and fell in love...

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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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