Category Archives: ANCIENT HISTORY

The Jewish Diaspora from AD 70 to 1800

The Jewish Diaspora from AD 70 to 1800


For over 2000 years the history of the Jews has combined external dispersal with internal cohesion. The decisive dispersal of the Jewish people took place under Rome. Although the Jewish revolts of AD 66 – 73 and 132 – 5 and their vigorous supression by the Romans, as well as Hadrian’s measures to de –Judaize Jerusalem, caused rapid deterioration in the position of the Jews in Judaea, elsewhere in the Roman world their legal and economical status and the viability of their communities remained unaffected.

The Last Druids

The Last Druids

In the summer of AD 60, a vast Roman army commanded by the Governor of Britain, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, descended on the coast of north Wales. This well disciplined fighting force was directed at eradicating all resistance on the island of Anglesey (Mona Insulis), which lay just off the coast.

There were several motives behind Rome’s assault against Anglesey. For Tacitus, the reasons for Paulinus choosing to attack the island were twofold: “Mona Insulis contained a large population, while it also acted as a haven for refugees.” Paulinus therefore appears to have been intending to remove this independent refuge to which opponents of Roman rule had been fleeing.

How Vikings honoured their dead

How Vikings honoured their dead

Elite Viking funerals were like giant theatrical performances, according to new researches. Piecing together evidence from Viking art, mythology and archeology and from non-Viking historical texts, Aberdeen University professor, Neil Price, has concluded that drama formed a key element in Norse funerary ritual from at least the eight to the tenth century.

Claudius I – The Wisest Fool in Rome

Claudius I – The Wisest Fool in Rome

“What an artist the world is losing in me!” – Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (August 1, 10 B.C.E. – October 13, 54)

As news of Caligula‘s assassination spread, the senate gathered in haste, several of them ready to press their own claims to the succession, other urged that the moment had come to restore the republic.