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This post represents me getting back on my horse. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my summer vacation (and become more proficient in games such as Rocket League and Overwatch in the process). Still, it’s time to recenter as I enter the next phase of my current project. Darlings will be killed, and much will be scrapped and rewritten. In the meantime, I’m sharing some fascinating finds from the various rabbit holes that crept about in my research.

First up is a very informative explanation of how Pompey’s Theater came to be. Especially noteworthy is Pompey’s cunning in skirting around the letter of the law that no stone theater would be built inside Rome:

And naturally, what follows is the story of Caesar being killed in the curia of this famous theater:

Next, a lesson on why you wouldn’t have wanted to wander the streets of Rome after dark:

On a different note, here’s a little information for fans of pirates. This tells about their operations in the Mediterranean in antiquity:

Oh, and finally, my personal favorite, Roman swearing practices. Especially notable: “Other words we find obscene today were far less vulgar to the Romans because of their banality. Cacare meant ‘to poop,’ but Romans did that in giant, hundred-seat latrines with no partitions, so there was very little left to be shocked by.”

And there you have it. I’ll no doubt have more as I dig back through my bookmarks again. Until then, as always, be good to each other.

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