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Bye-Bye Blog

Fri, 30 May 2014 06:15:26 +00002014-05-30T06:15:26Z

That's right, this blog is going away on May 31. About.com has decided to eliminate blogs from the sites. This site is NOT going away. There are still several thousand ...

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Hannibal: Enemy of Rome

Tue, 27 May 2014 11:27:39 +00002014-05-27T11:27:39Z

Today St. Martin's Press releases the first in a new series by historical fiction author Ben Kane. This one is about the second Punic War and, as the title suggests, ...

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His Triumph Went on and on and on

Mon, 26 May 2014 06:50:08 +00002014-05-26T06:50:08Z

On This Day in Ancient History - May 26:
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Trustees of the British Museum, produced by Natalia Bauer for the Portable Antiquities ...

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A Greek Philosopher Predicted It

Sat, 24 May 2014 18:55:10 +00002014-05-24T18:55:10Z

On This Day in Ancient History - May 25:
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The Rogue Classicist says that it may have been on this day in 585 B.C. that Thales ...

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On This Day the Mother of the First Christian Emperor...

Tue, 20 May 2014 18:50:00 +00002014-05-20T18:50:00Z

This Day in Ancient History - May 21:
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Saint Helena, mother of the first Christian emperor, Constantine I,
traveled to the Holy Land where some believe she discovered the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

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.

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Moses Finley

Tue, 20 May 2014 06:55:35 +00002014-05-20T06:55:35Z

This Day in History - May 20: On this day in 1912, Moses Finley was born in New York City. After studying law, during the McCarthy era, Finley moved to ...

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Beans Appeased the Dead

Fri, 09 May 2014 06:55:27 +00002014-05-09T06:55:27Z

On This Day in Ancient History - May 9:
In ancient Rome, Romans appeased the spirits of the dead with beans. This was part of the Lemuria or Lemuralia, which ...

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Now is the Month of Maia...

Thu, 01 May 2014 00:01:42 +00002014-05-01T00:01:42Z

Our month of May may have been named for the spring goddess or nymph Maia. She was the loveliest of the Pleiades, who were daughters of the familiar Titan Atlas. ...

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Floralia Celebrated

Sat, 26 Apr 2014 06:50:43 +00002014-04-26T06:50:43Z

Flora is the goddess honored during the Floralia, a festival that runs from the end of April to May 2.

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Floralia Celebrated originally appeared on About.com Ancient / Classical History on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 06:50:43.

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