Category Archives: Ancient

Frankish warrior clothing in the 5th century

frankish warrior clothing, 5th century costume, Merovingian, Gaul

Frankish warrior 5th century

Frankish warrior clothing in the 5th century. Merovingian.

Costume d’un guerrier franc du 5ème siècle.

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The shields of the Gauls. Clans in the Roman Empire.

Leather covered Highland Shield Target. Ancient Celtic shields. Gaul weapons

Above: Leather covered Highland Target. Below: Steel Target that belonged to the Earl of Mar, 1715.

Shield of Gallic, British, German and Iberian auxiliary Regiments. Clans in the Roman Empire.

The shield of the Gauls.

The shield of the Gauls, according to Strabo and Virgil, was usually long, and the Ligurians carried one of the same form. In sculpture, we perceive the Germans with an oval shaped buckler of ample dimensions. Tacitus admits it was large, but suited to the size of the bearer. Continue reading

Herodias. A Mirror of Fair Women.

Herodias, Salome,  Emperor Caligula, Antipas, John the Baptist.

Herodias (8 BC to 39 AD). Divorced wife of Herodes Boethos. Mother of Salome.

Herodias. A Mirror of Fair Women.

Theodore Child, in “A Mirror of Fair Women,” published in “Harper’s Bazaar,” says: “The women of the Idumean family of the Herods are famous in history for their fatal charms and their insatiable ambition… . Continue reading

The Death of Virginia. Lays of ancient Rome.

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The Death of Virginia.

The Death of Virginia

AFTER the decision had been given that Virginia was the slave of Marcus, and therefore subject to the will of her master, Virginius, her father, drew her to one side of the Forum and took her in his arms. Continue reading

Rhodope, the Egyptian Princess by Georg Ebers.

Egyptian Princess costume. Georg Ebers.

Rhodope, the Egyptian Princess.

Rhodope, the Egyptian Princess.

SO she raised her hands to the great and glorious sun, who with his golden, sword-like rays was just dispersing the mists that hung over the Euphrates, and opened her lips to sing her newly-learned hymns in praise of Mithras; but her voice failed her-instead of Mithras she could only see her own great Ra, the god she had so often worshipped in Egypt, and instead of a Magian hymn could only sing the one with which the Egyptian priests are accustomed to greet the rising sun. Continue reading

Gallic Roman temple in honor of Augustus

Gallic History. 1st century Roman temple of Augustus at Lyon

Gallic Roman temple in honor of Augustus in 1st century BC at Lugdunum.

Gallic Roman temple in honor of Augustus in 1st century BC at Lugdunum.

France – le temple qui fut élevé en l’honneur d’Auguste au IVème siècle par les soixante peuples gaulois à Lugdunum (Lyon). Continue reading