UK unveils rare Roman helmet mistaken for bucket
LONDON (Reuters) - A rare Roman cavalry helmet dating from Emperor Claudius’ invasion of Britain nearly 2,000 years ago was unveiled on Tuesday after painstaking restoration lasting nearly a decade.
The so-called Hallaton Helmet was found 10 years ago during the excavation of an Iron Age shrine at Hallaton in Leicestershire, central England.
At the time, archaeologists used to finding more instantly recognizable gold and silver coins joked that they had unearthed a fairly modern “rusty bucket.”
In fact what they had found was a treasure of considerable importance which experts said pointed to the close relationship between Roman invaders and some native Britons. Read more.
Well i just saw your post on Claudius which says that he was a dumb person. Do you think that he was dull just because he was a cripple? Personally, i dont think that he was not intelligent at all. Just because he was a stutterer and had a handicap doesnt make him a dumb personality. Or what do you think? :)
It was mainly based on the idea that (as is seen in I, Claudius, and maybe in the contemporary accounts as well, I’m not sure) Claudius pretended to be stupid, so he wouldn’t be seen as a threat to Caligula and thus wouldn’t be killed. That he had handicaps helped him in convincing others that he wasn’t to be taken seriously. Later, when he became Emperor, he dropped that façade (although his stutter etc. remained, but they’re not indicators of intelligence).
St. Valentine, The Real Story
Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against the command of Emperor Claudius the second.
In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”
“What Valentine means to me as a priest,” explains Father O’Gara, “is that there comes a time where you have to lay your life upon the line for what you believe. And with the power of the Holy Spirit we can do that — even to the point of death.”