Had this been simply a farewell to the blog, I would have used a comma, and written the header as "Bye-Bye, Blog," but this is also my farewell blog post. I am leaving About.com, after 17 years. Our collective title was recently changed from "Guide" to "Expert" and I am not an expert in Ancient History, but a generalist, with many other areas of related interests that I will now pursue full-time, as a student. Ὁ βίος βραχύς.
I will continue to run my Ancient/Classical History Facebook page and my personal Ancient/Classical History blog where I intend to post mostly material on mythology and book reviews. My Facebook page is still https://www.facebook.com/pages/AncientClassical-History/265812982591. I will post links there to articles on the personal blog, as I write them.
The About.com Archaeology Guide/Expert, who runs a very closely related site on the topic of the ancient world, has suggested I occasionally write a guest post for her -- something I will definitely keep in mind.
Thank you all for 17 years of correspondence, help, and friendship.
Hannibal: Enemy of Rome
St. Martin's Press: 978-1-250-00115-3.
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- To see where this event fits chronologically in the general scheme of ancient history, see Major Events in Ancient History
- [1.74] Afterwards, on the refusal of Alyattes to give up his suppliants when Cyaxares sent to demand them of him, war broke out between the Lydians and the Medes, and continued for five years, with various success. In the course of it the Medes gained many victories over the Lydians, and the Lydians also gained many victories over the Medes. Among their other battles there was one night engagement. As, however, the balance had not inclined in favour of either nation, another combat took place in the sixth year, in the course of which, just as the battle was growing warm, day was on a sudden changed into night. This event had been foretold by Thales, the Milesian, who forewarned the Ionians of it, fixing for it the very year in which it actually took place. The Medes and Lydians, when they observed the change, ceased fighting, and were alike anxious to have terms of peace agreed on.
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It is possible that Helena was born Christian, but it is thought that she converted. Details about her early life and even her death are scanty. Helena (Flavia Iulia Helena) was born in about 250 and died when she was about 80, according to Eusebius, sometimes called the father of Church history. Helena is thought to have come from Drepanum, in the Roman province of Bithynia [see map] because of the honor her son paid to the area.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, St. Helena's saint's day is May 21. In the Roman Catholic Church, it's August 18.
Read more about St. Helena.
Among other books, Finley wrote The World of Odysseus, The Ancient Economy, Politics in the Ancient World, and Land, Debt, and the Man of Property in Classical Athens.
Also on this day in history, in 1957, classical scholar Gilbert Murray (b. January 2, 1866) died.
In ancient history, this may have been the day the first Council of Nicaea started in 325 A.D. See: The Arian Controversy and the Council of Nicaea.
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He wouldn't last long on the throne, since he was assassinated at 17/18, but on this day in A.D. 218, the flamboyant Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, whom we call Elagabulus, became emperor of Rome. One of the reasons Elagabalus was so unpopular was that he tried to make his Syrian god the dominant one of the Roman Empire, but there are other, more colorful charges against him. Read more about Elagabalus.
In ancient Rome, Romans appeased the spirits of the dead with beans. This was part of the Lemuria or Lemuralia, which was held on May 9, 11, and 13. Ovid describes the event in Book V of the Fasti. Also, from May 7-14, the Vestal Virgins prepared sacred cakes (mola salsa) for the Vestalia, held in June.
In modern history, Sir James Frazer died on this day in 1941.
Now Is the Month of Maying; Lyrics by Sir Thomas Morley: Source: threequarterale.com
Now is the month of Maying, when merry lads are playing! Fa la la la la!
Each with his bonny lass, a-dancing on the grass, fa la la la la!
The Spring, clad all in gladness, doth laugh at Winter's sadness! Fa la la la la!
And to the bagpipes' sound, the nymphs tread out the ground! Fa la la la la!
Fie! Then why sit we musing, youth's sweet delight refusing? Fa la la la la!
Say, dainty nymphs and speak! Shall we play barley break? Fa la la la la!
The Pre-Caesarian Calendar: Facts and Reasonable Guesses H. J. Rose The Classical Journal Vol. 40, No. 2 (Nov., 1944), pp. 65-76
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