Switzerland has returned 32 cultural treasures dating from the Pharaonic and Roman periods to the Egyptian Embassy in Bern, the Federal Office of Culture announced on Monday. The objects had been involved in a cantonal criminal procedure.
Four of the pieces are of exceptional rarity, cultural significance and aesthetic quality. These include a bust of a pharaoh wearing a crown, a fragmented stone slab (known as a stele) depicting the patron goddess of Thebes from the era of the New Kingdom (circa 1500−1000 BC), and two architectural fragments with cult scenes from the Roman period (circa 753 BC to 476 AD).
The objects were returned to Egypt in conjunction with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Federal Act on the International Transfer of Cultural Property. Read more.
NATM Discussion - Sexuality in Ancient Rome and how it affects Octavius
This was in the back of my mind, but I didn’t plan to go anywhere with it until Just-Another-Madman brought the subject up, and I think it’s something worth talking about.
Again, I will talk. A lot. Sorry. ^^
I WILL BE GOING INTO SPOILERS FOR THE THIRD MOVIE HERE!
In the movies, Octavius is I believe based off Gaius Octavius (also known as Augustus), though he could also be based off his father, Gaius Octavius (yes they share the same name), but this is not important. What is important is their era of the Roman Empire (753 BC-476 AD).
Romulus and Remus as historical figures,
would have been born around 771 BC. They were purported to be sons of
Rhea Silvia and Mars, the god of war. Because of a prophecy that they would overthrow their great-uncle Amulius, who had overthrown Silvia’s father Numitor, they were, in the manner of many mythological heroes, abandoned at birth; in this case, on the Tiber River by servants who took pity on the infants, despite their orders. The twins were nurtured by a she-wolf until a shepherd named Faustulus found and took Romulus and Remus as his sons. Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia,
raised the children. When Remus and Romulus became adults, they killed
Amulius and restored Numitor. They decided to establish a city; however,
they quarreled, and Romulus killed his brother. Thus Rome began with a fratricide, a story that was later taken to represent the city’s history of internecine political strife and bloodshed.
It has been reported that new archeological finds have pushed back the age of Rome. A team of archeologists discovered the remains of a wall built to channel water, which dates back to the ninth century BC.
Media attention has focused on the fact that the dating is significantly earlier than the traditional idea that Rome was founded on April 21, 753 BC by the twins Romulus and Remus. With Rome due to celebrate its 2,767th birthday, the timing makes for a particularly good story.
For the anniversary of Rome’s founding on April 21, 753 BC (according to tradition), this the famous statue of Romulus and Remus, the mythical founders of Rome, and the she-wolf who raised them. It is located in the Capitoline Museum.
ITALY, Rome : Men belonging to historical groups dressed as ancient Romans parade by Rome’s Coliseum to mark the anniversary of the legendary foundation in 753 BC of the eternal city on April 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTE
Ancient Vanishings: The mysterious and supernatural disappearance of Romulus
Two twins, Romulus and Remus, famously founded the city of Rome in 753 BC, and Romulus became the ruler of the city and reigned for 39 years. According to legend the two were sons of Mars, the god of war, and they were saved and brought up by a she-wolf. But on July 7, 714 BC, while he was in the temple of Vulcan to give some instructions to his senators, Romulus disappeared without a trace.