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And so this is…Saturnalia? The pagan origins of Christmas

Posted on: 25/11/2015 with tags: Anthony Riches, christmas, pagan, Thunder of the Gods, Roman

Thunder of the Gods author Anthony Riches on the pagan origins of Christmas. ‘Those people who, if a little cynically, take pleasure in calling the Christmas holiday period the ‘mid-winter pagan festival’, are closer to the truth than they might realise, because the ancient celebration of the year’s death and rebirth never really went away – or at least not when it was supposed to. While the idea of lighting up the otherwise dreary low point of winter’s shortest day and longest night with drinki…

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Women in Ancient Rome

Posted on: 21/10/2015 with tags: deadly election, flavia alba, lindsay davis, Rome, Roman

Deadly Election author Lindsey Davis has written this fantastic article for us about her research on women in ancient Rome. Enjoy! Happy Family Businesses I’ve been researching the Romans for almost thirty years now. I’ve become used to standard descriptions that say women had no legal identity, with the follow-up devised by elite Roman writers and crusty Victorian professors, all men, that Roman women were supposedly kept out of sight with no social role. In fact this is not true. When I starte…

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The Wonder of Rome blog tour 2013

Posted on: 15/08/2013 with tags: blog tour, events, Roman, Rome, wonder of rome

The Wonder of Rome – Blog Tour 15-19 August 2013 The Wonder of Rome blog tour kicks off today! For the next four days, some of the UK’s biggest names in historical fiction will be writing on their own websites or blogs about what the wonder of Rome signifies for them. Our very own author, John Henry Clay, whose brilliant debut novel The Lion and the Lamb was published in hardback on 4th July (read the first chapter here) is taking part. Make sure you head over to his website and blog to read his…

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