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Today's inscription is a sort of footnote to a tumultuous period in Roman history -- Septimius Severus' campaign against Pescennius Niger in 194. The stone was found in the modern city of Ankara. (n.b. the EDH seems to having some problems tonight, so I can only present the restored text)


D(is) M(anibus)
Ulp(ius) Maximus
nat(ione) Pann(onius)mi
les l(egionis) X g(eminae) stip(endiorum) XVIII
anno(rum) XXXVIII re
di(ens) a Parthia de
cessit III Non(as)
Sept(embres) heres faci
endum curavit
Tertyllo(!) et Cle/mente co(n)s(ulibus)


To the Shades of the Dead

Ulpius Maximus, of the Pannonian people, having eighteen years service with the Tenth Gemina Legion, died at 38 years of age while returning from Parthia on September 3, in the consulship of Tertullus and Clemens (195).

In Septimius Severus: The African Emperor, Anthony Birley mentions this inscription in passing and adds that Ulpius Maximus must have been serving in Claudius Candidus' army (p. 118). Tiberius Claudius Candidus was the general who led pro-Severan forces against those of Pescennius Niger and came up with two impressive victories, the second being at Nicaea. It was as a result of these victories that Severus' troops hailed him as Imperator for the second and third times.


Read the DIR's brief biography of Pescennius Niger

Read the DIR's biography of Septimius Severus

::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 8:31:51 PM::
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NUNTII: Successful Brain Surgery in Ancient Greece ca. 250 B.C./B.C.E.

An "explorator" reader sent this one in (thanks MK!) ... The History News Network has picked up a story from the Times (which usually requires subscription if you're on this side of the pond ... fortunately HNN reprints the whole thing) about an archaeological find in Greece demonstrating successful 'brain surgery' on the island of Chios ca. 250 B.C./B.C.E.. The page is rather slow to load, but worth the wait ...

In case the page sends you to the top again before you can read it, the headline to click on is "Ancient Greek Had Brain Surgery".

::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 7:30:07 PM::
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Blogging 103: Getting Around rogueclassicism

Most blogs, including rogueclassicism, are made up from fairly standard elements. After the title bar, there is usually a large section which is full of ‘ content’ . This content is published in such a way that the most recent posts are at the beginning and as you work your way down the page, posts are older and older. The number of days and/or entries on a particular page is set by the editor. For rogueclassicism, there are two days presented on any given day (yesterday and today). Originally it was three, but it turned out to be rather unwieldy (I wish other blog owners would take into account the size of their pages! Some of us are still on – gulp – dialup). Two days are the minimum, I feel, since I usually do an update in the a.m. and the p.m., so folks who only read rogueclassicism in the a.m. won’t miss out on what was posted later. I’ve made it easy (I hope) to quickly find the beginning of a new day by preceding each ‘date stamp’ with that little Dover Pericles icon.

Speaking of icons, you have probably noticed a couple of other icons on the rogueclassicism page which might seem mysterious to the uninitiated. At the end of each post you will find:

This is the link to the so-called ‘permalink’. A permalink is the url (web address) of that individual item. Because blogs can change so frequently, if you wanted to send a link to the blog itself to someone for them to find a particular entry, it might have disappeared by the time you get to it (this is one of the problems with blog entries that turn up in search engines, by the way). So instead, the idea is that you send the link to the individual item which, in theory, will work. It should be noted that some blogs do not have permalinks or simply have a text hyperlink to same.

This is (hopefully obviously) an email link. On many blogs, as mentioned in the Blogging 101, there is a facility for commenting. Clicking on the ‘ comment’ link brings up a form by which someone can write directly to the blog (even if they don’t own it). For obvious reasons, I have disabled this feature in rogueclassicism, but have made an email link available. Clicking on this icon will allow you to send me email if you have something to say about anything I’ve put in the blog. If I’d like to post your comment, I’ll ask permission first; if you just send me additional links or whatever, if I decide to use them I’ll thank you within the blog but won’t quote your missive directly.

If you have your screen resolution set high enough, down the right hand side of this page you’ll see another common feature of blogs – the sidebar. I have rogueclassicism set up so it looks best on newer monitors, with a resolution of 1024 by whatever it is. If you have your resolution set differently, you may have to scroll to the right to see the sidebar. In some cases, this sidebar might actually get bumped to the bottom.

Whatever the case, the sidebar has a couple of interesting features. One is that little calendar thing, which allows you to browse the archives. Most blogs, including rogueclassicism, have some sort of archiving facility for all the posts. Days on which the blog was updated is usually highlighted in some way. Click on the day and you’ll get the post(s) for that day. Since rogueclassicism is updated on a daily basis, every day should be highlighted.

Also on the sidebar you will find the traditional ‘list of links’. Most other blogs use this space to provide links to other blogs which that particular blog editor finds interesting and/or reads on a regular basis. I’ve done the same thing, but have broken the list down into categories to provide a bit more narrow focus on subject matter (I’ll be writing about some of these blogs and what you can expect from them in a later post). Some blogs, including rogueclassicism, also provide links to appropriate websites. The links for rogueclassicism, however, all point to things created by me under the ‘atrium-media’ umbrella. Much of that site is under construction, but the existence of this blog will hasten its ‘completion’, I suspect (can a website ever be said to be complete?).

Next: other blogs of interest


::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 7:19:07 PM::
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QUOTE DU JOUR: Brad Pitt on wearing a 'mini skirt':

I've no problems. But the Greeks wear such short mini skirts, they fought with all their tackle hanging out.

::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 5:53:44 AM::
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NUNTII: Piracy in the Ancient Mediterranean

From EKathimerini comes a report about an excavation on Antikythera which has revealed "a nest of ancient pirates". Not a lot of detail in this piece ... hopefully we'll be hearing/reading more ....

::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 5:48:53 AM::
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ante diem iii nonas septembres

  • 36 B.C. -- Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa's fleet defeats that of
    Sextus Pompeius at Naulochus

::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 5:15:46 AM::
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GOSSIP: What to do with a Latin Degree?

Buried amongst other local happenings in the Billings Gazette is a casting call for a movie:

"Love Comes to the Executioner" is a dark comedy about a young man fresh out of college with a degree in romantic languages who becomes a prison executioner -- and Latin teacher to the inmates -- to pay for his mother's health care. She is a former porn queen who is now alcoholic.

::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 5:10:47 AM::
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NUNTII: Intact Amphorae Found

An "explorator" reader sent this one in (thanks LA!): a coast guard operation off Rhodes has revealed a dozen or so amphorae, many with their seals intact. Read more in EKathimerini ...

::Wednesday, September 03, 2003 4:56:27 AM::
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1. n. an abnormal state or condition resulting from the forced migration from a lengthy Classical education into a profoundly unClassical world; 2. n. a blog about Ancient Greece and Rome compiled by one so afflicted (v. "rogueclassicist"); 3. n. a Classics blog.

Publishing schedule:
Rogueclassicism is updated daily, usually before 7.00 a.m. (Eastern) during the week. Give me a couple of hours to work on my sleep deficit on weekends and holidays, but still expect the page to be updated by 10.00 a.m. at the latest.

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