Category Archives: Roman history

Posca – Roman Gatorade

Posca is a wonderfully refreshing drink that was used by Romans to deal with a hot Mediterranean climate and hard physical work. If you were poor or a soldier, it’s just vinegar and water. If you were lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Daily Life in Ancient Rome

I taught my new class for the first time last weekend at Grand Thing. It was really fun! I love bringing the little details alive… it’s what makes history sing! The handout is available here: DAILY LIFE in ANCIENT ROME. … Continue reading

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The History of Christmas

  I just posted a brief paper written for Three Mountain’s 2015 Yule. The class is meant to address the secular celebratory rituals of December 25th before the 5th century, not any religious or sacred issues. Many of the Yuletime traditions we … Continue reading

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Heraldry ornament

   For Yule this year we’ve been asked to make ornaments of our heraldry to decorate the tree. This is my quick-&-dirty attempt the night before. It’s painted linen. Romans didn’t use heraldry in the SCA/ Medieval sense, so I … Continue reading

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Gladiators

Here’s a fun (if inaccurate)  video! Go ahead and enjoy – when you’re done shaking your tailfeathers,  I’ll dispel two common misconceptions: 1) Gladiators did not generally fight to the death. Lethal combat happened, of course, but fighters were expensive … Continue reading

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