A cat statuette from temple of Isis

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A cat statuette from temple of Isis  – (Via della Gatta, Rome)

Some 1800-1900 years ago this little cat statuette  decorated the temple of Isis on Campus Martius. IIRC it was found in the 19th century and hoisted up to adorn a building in Piazza Grazioli and has stood there since then. There is also a legend that if you look in the same direction as the cat you will find a treasure :-).

Rome, July 2015

The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China

The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China


The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies.

The bodies of juveniles, young adults and middle-age adults were packed together in the house — smaller than a modern-day squash court — before it burnt down. Anthropologists who studied the remains say a “prehistoric disaster,” possibly an epidemic of some sort, killed these people.

The site, whose modern-day name is “Hamin Mangha,” dates back to a time before writing was used in the area, when people lived in relatively small settlements, growing crops and hunting for food. The village contains the remains of pottery, grinding instruments, arrows and spearheads, providing information on their way of life.

We have lived with these texts for a thousand years

Ásatrú has no room for conservative Christian morality
Hilmar adds that he and other members of the congregation are not interested in using the ancient religion of Ásatrú as a vehicle for romanticized machismo, as well as rejecting any tendencies to inject the practice of Ásatrú with conservative Christian morality:

“We know these texts; we have lived with these texts for a thousand years. We are not coating them in some Viking or warrior romanticism. And we are not obsessing over some books on morality, dating back to the year 70AD, as many of these foreign practitioners of Ásatrú do, considering that book a source on how the ancient religion should be practiced.”




“Zenobia was esteemed the most lovely as well as the most heroic of her sex,” Gibbon wrote in an awestruck account of her brief reign. “She claimed her descent from the Macedonian kings of Egypt, equaled in beauty her ancestor Cleopatra, and far surpassed that princess in chastity and valor.” The only contemporary representation we have of Zenobia is on a coin, which makes her look rather witchlike, but Gibbon’s description of her pearly-white teeth and large black eyes, which “sparkled with uncommon fire,” cast a spell over future historians, both in the West and in the Arab world, who quarrel over nearly everything having to do with Zenobia and her confounding legacy.

She was probably in her twenties when she took the throne, upon the death of her husband, King Odenathus, in 267 or 268. Acting as regent for her young son, she then led the army in a revolt against the Romans, conquering Egypt and parts of Asia Minor. By 271, she had gained control of a third of the Roman Empire. Gibbon sometimes portrays the warrior queen as a kind of well-schooled Roman society matron. “She was not ignorant of the Latin tongue,” he writes, “but possessed in equal perfection the Greek, the Syriac, and the Egyptian languages.” Palmyra’s abundant wall inscriptions are in Latin, Greek, and an Aramaic dialect

The New Yorker. July 20, 2015. Homage to Zenobia by Lawrence Wright. http://goo.gl/CK2vx6

Amumis Mysteries of Egypt

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Amumis Mysteries of Egypt

Description – Spanish

Conviértete en una auténtica momia encerrada en su sarcófago y consigue escapar de la pirámide maldita.

Tendrás que superar multitud de niveles, cada uno con sus secretos y sus peligros. Consigue los trozos de la piedra Rosetta para lograr tu objetivo.

Nuevos niveles y poderes disponibles en la tienda próximamente. Compite con tus amigos para ver quién es el mejor descubriendo los misterios de Egipto.

Síguenos en @Imagine_Games para ver las novedades que vendrán o escríbenos en imagine.games.esne@gmail.com si tienes alguna sugerencia.


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Description – EnglishTranslation

Become an authentic mummy in a sarcophagus and escape the dreaded pyramid.

You will have to pass several levels, each with its own secrets and perils. Gather the shards of the Rosetta Stone to accomplish your objective.

New levels and powers will be available in stores shortly. Compete with your friends to see who is best at discovering the mysteries of Egypt.

Follow us on ______ to see new work to come or write to us at ______ if you have a suggestion.

Have fun

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Minoan Palace at Knossos, Crete

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The Minoan palace of Knossos, Crete. With already a history of extensive human occupation, the first palace was built here approximately 2000 BC.

It is easy to forget that the ancients, not just us today, held great admiration and appreciation for ‘old’ history. For the Romans living around the time of Augustus Caesar, the palace of Knossos was some 2000 years old -a similar time distance that exists between us and the Romans of this era. Strabo (ca. 64 BC- 24 AD) was a Greek historian, traveller and geographer who moved to Rome. He wrote Geography, which is a bit like an ancient ‘Lonely Planet’ travel guide. Below is a segment from this, where he discusses Knossos (Book X, Chapter 4, translation via penelope.uchicago):

There are several cities in Crete, but the greatest and most famous are three: Cnossus [Knossos], Gortyna and Cydonia. The praises of Cnossus are hymned above the rest both by Homer, who calls it “great” and “the kingdom of Minos,” and by the later poets.

Cnossus is twenty-five stadia [an ancient Greek unit of measurement] from the northern sea […and] has Heracleium as its seaport. In earlier times Cnossus was called Caeratus, bearing the same name as the river which flows past it. According to history, Minos was an excellent law‑giver, and also the first to gain the mastery of the sea; and he divided the island into three parts and founded a city in each part, Cnossus in the [text missing]

Strabo was of course referencing Homer’s much earlier legendary work (written approx. 800 BC) the Odyssey: “One of the 90 towns is a great city called Knossos, an there, for 9 years, King Minos ruled, and enjoyed the friendship of almighty Zeus”.

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