Ancient Celtic offshore Banking
Aug22

Ancient Celtic offshore Banking

It looks like Jersey may have been an offshore banking centre for far longer than anyone has suspected. In June 2012 two metal detectorists uncovered a hoard of a staggering 70,000 late Iron Age and Roman coins. Their incredible find has since turned out to be the largest hoard ever found in Jersey.

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How did the Romans do the calculations necessary for construction and other purposes using Roman numerals?
Jul15

How did the Romans do the calculations necessary for construction and other purposes using Roman numerals?

The Romans were skilled architects and engineers the likes of which the world had not seen before. They built huge elaborate and perfectly balanced structures that are not only still standing but still in use 2,000 years later. However their number system, whilst useful, was anything but straight forward. So how did the Romans manage to do the calculations necessary for construction using this rather unwieldy number system ?

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What have the Romans ever done for us?
Apr25

What have the Romans ever done for us?

For Monty Python fans the question “What have the Romans ever done for us ?” will recall the irreverent comedy of the film ‘The Life of Brian’ . There is a serious question behind this frivolous skit. The Roman Empire and the culture it exported was the most advanced the world had ever seen. Indeed after the fall of the Roman Empire it never got back up to the same level, in Western Europe, until many centuries later.

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Beware the Ides of March : The Great Caesar is Assasinated
Mar14

Beware the Ides of March : The Great Caesar is Assasinated

“Beware the Ides of March!”, the augur Spurinna had warned a few days before the 15 March in 44 BC , but the great Julius Caesar had brushed him aside. Was he not, at 55, the most powerful man in the civilised world?

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We speak the language of Caesar everyday … and we don’t even know it – Everyday Latin Phrases
Nov29

We speak the language of Caesar everyday … and we don’t even know it – Everyday Latin Phrases

A motley combination of Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Germanic dialects, the English language (more or less as we know it) coalesced between the 9th and 13th centuries. However, despite the passage of time, there are many common Latin phrases and abbreviations that have survived and are still in use in everyday language, even after a couple of thousand years.

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What drove the great migrations of the first millennium AD?
Jun18

What drove the great migrations of the first millennium AD?

A curious thing occurred between 400-800 AD. In Europe and the far east, particularly China, a serious of mass population movements and incursions occurred. What historians are debating today is what caused these massive migrations.

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The Tipping Point – The Day Rome Embraced Christianity
Apr23

The Tipping Point – The Day Rome Embraced Christianity

Christianity has shaped Western society and the way we perceive the world. In this article we look at the event that propelled a dynamic new religion to official state sponsored religion.

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How the Ancient Romans built the Railways of the World
Feb12

How the Ancient Romans built the Railways of the World

How on earth can Ancient Romans have built our modern railway system ? We take a side-ways look at this claim.

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Origin of the Months and Days of the Year
Jan01

Origin of the Months and Days of the Year

We use them everyday to order our lives to record, analyse and make sense of things. We’re talking about the days and months of the year. What are their origins ? You may be surprised in that they all have origins deep within our pagan past.

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Invasion – Rome’s Assault on Brittania
Nov13

Invasion – Rome’s Assault on Brittania

Rome’s invasion of Britain in 43AD would change the native Britons lives and culture forever. But this wasn’t the first Roman invasion. There was another nearly 100 years earlier. We look at both in this article.

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Some more historical myths debunked
May08

Some more historical myths debunked

Every nation has its favourite tales from the past, but how accurate are they? A lot of what we ‘know’ to be historically true can sometimes turn out to be no more than a : Who perpetuated historical myth. We look at a few here. Who really was the 1st US President? Did Mediaeval people really think the Earth was flat ?

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The Spread of Christianity in the Ancient World
Apr06

The Spread of Christianity in the Ancient World

They were unlikely leaders. Most knew more about mending nets than winning converts. Yet 2,000 years later, all over the world, the apostles are still drawing people in.

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Cement and Concrete
Mar23

Cement and Concrete

Concrete is not a modern material. Did you know the Romans used it? But who discovered it and how long ago was it used?

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Roman Alderney – Ruin Found to be Roman Fort
Mar02

Roman Alderney – Ruin Found to be Roman Fort

Up until 2011 virtually no trace of Roman occupation or influence had been found in Alderney. That all changed when one of the best-preserved Roman military structures in the world was found.

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Roman Guernsey – Lisia
Nov15

Roman Guernsey – Lisia

Contrary to to popular belief the Romans didn’t call Guernsey Sarnia. It is likely that the name they gave it was Lisia.

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