Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, was madly addicted to poetry1. Unfortunately, his graphomania was reaching its heights, rising above the waves of opinion as the worst human being, ie the flatterers. In a moment of peace, the tyrant devoted himself completely to writing poetry, gathering around him many teachers and even critical commentators.
The mythological god Pan (Latin Faun) was supposed to cause sudden panic, unfounded fear and terror among people and animals with his shout. This panic (θορύβου Πανικοῦ) and confusion could lead to a castling of military units that, under the influence of fear, could misinterpret the enemy’s movements.
According to Hecataeus, whose extensive account is quoted by Diodorus Siculus, the magnificent and opulent tomb of the Egyptian king Ozymandias contained a sacred library with the inscription: “Healing-Place of the Soul”1.
Gaius Rabirius Postumus was a son of Gaius Rabirius who was defended by Cicero in 63 BCE. He was also one of the Romans who borrowed money to Ptolemy Auletes to help him in restoring his rule over Egypt.
In Pompeii, in the so-called House of the Physician or House of the Judgement, a painting with a biblical accent was discovered in 1841. It is a scene referring to the judgment of Solomon (Archaeological Museum of Naples [inventory number 113197]).
The value of the horse was enormous in terms of communication, transport and, above all, its military use in battle. Traditionally, the ancients emphasized the uniqueness of Bucephalus, the horse that had long accompanied Alexander the Great during his military conquests.
The fate of the gladiators was difficult. Although despised and kept briefly in closed barracks, they knew very well about the views of the notables of their time, especially in matters concerning them.
There is a trailer of Netflix’s newest production in times of ancient Rome – “Barbarians”. The series will tell the story of the Teutoburg Forest massacre in 9 CE. The premiere is to take place next week.
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