Savillum - the ancient Roman cheesecake
Not long ago, I bought a few (more) cookbooks on ancient Roman food or just food from Antiquity and today, I tried out a recipe from one of them. I've been wanting to try out this recipe for a long while actually, and now it happened. An ancient Roman cheesecake called Savillum. The original recipe dates back to about 160 BC, so that's a pretty old recipe! And it still works, although I think I will make a few adjustments, if I make it again. I l
This time my travels took me to the ruins of Conímbriga in Portugal. It's about a 3-hour drive from Lisbon and the site features ruins and a small museum. If you're into hiking there's lots of trails in the surrounding area, including some that link up to one of the Camiños de Santiago/Ways of St James. As I arrived late in the day and had a mishap with my ticket I only had about 2 h to check out the ruins and the museum, which felt a bit rushed. An extra hour would have made it just right.
I'm honestly not quite sure how to describe this... the link is to someone's dissertation (in English!!) on Roman sleeping habits. Being a dissertation, it's a little waffly especially at the beginnings, but it's pretty interesting nonetheless.
The Ancient World was not a small contained place. Two great civilisations, the Romans and the Chinese, knew about eachother - there may even have been some contact of sorts, though very limited due to the vast distances and slowness of travel. Sino-Roman relations on Wikipedia
Focussing on men's clothing because I'm far more familiar with it - also I got irritated by a story I was reading on AO3 in which the author quite obviously doesn't know the difference between a tunic and a toga. With screenshots because I like pretty pictures!! If there are any errors in this, I apologise for them! Please note I am not going to discuss military gear in this post as I don't know enough about it to give any accurate descriptions.
I don't have any pics of the underwear! This
Trying to find what the Whites (Blues, Greens and Red...) racing factions stables might have looked like, I ended up with these results from a Google images search and figured I'd share them to help those of you who also like visuals. (If I was an artist, I'd attempt my own illustrations, but I'm not!)
While not racing stables, I did come across this neat article by English Heritage about cavalry stabling, which may be of use to anyone whose character is or has been associated with cavalry
Yes, I dived into my Latin cookbook once more to find another dish to try out - this time a dish for dinner and I wanted to try something meatless. So I found this dish, called Pisum, for a Roman version of yellow peas. It is of course a dish originally from Apicius' cookbook. Traditionally in Denmark, you cook yellow peas together with a few herbs and serve them with fried or cooked pork belly. In the Roman version of it, you add more herbs and of course you add some garum (I
I hope everyone is staying safe with the virus, and is doing well.
I never thought that AeRo would reach or touch as many people's lives as it has. I'm grateful to everyone who has been part of the site, and the long history that it has had. AeRo is going to be twelve years old soon. I was 19/20 or so when it opened, and it has been through a lot of my life. Both the good and the bad. Many of the the friendships I have made on here are some of the best I have. The staff h
As many of you probably know by now, I like to cook ancient dishes - hence why I have a blog on prehistoric food (although it is written in Danish). It has been a little while since I cooked something prehistoric though, because of my new job... but for Christmas I got this amazing cookbook, "Latinsk Kogebog" which means "Latin Cookbook" - with recipes from Apicius and Cato... ancient Roman recipes, finally! So today, I did it. I made a dessert/type of candy from ancient Rome. It's called Dulcia
This is by no means an exhaustive list, a lot of links are to Wikipedia articles, but it will hopefully serve as a quick reference list for people who want ideas, maybe for a throwaway reference in a single thread or similar.
Roman names - Forum Romanum; text of The Private Life of the Romans by Harold Whetstone Johnston Some Roman slave names Roman names - Carol Ashby; a wordpress site with research by a published author Roman personal names
Roman Names on Nova Roma
Issue 9 2019
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Imperials & Senators in one area.
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Next Senate Meeting!
This part of the Senate thread is wrapped up.
Salona (nowadays Solin) was the capital city of the province of Dalmatia and, according to legend, founded by Julius Caesar after the civil wars. Although it was a prosperous and important city in its heyday, the ruins are in a sorry state and not very well preserved at all. There was little English signage (contrary to what some websites tell you), and the small museum had the typical findings of glass and metalworks, pottery and funerary elements. If you're in the area, I recommend visiting Tr
I have pinched this bit directly from my nice handy Latin dictionary
a - a as in rat
ā - ah as in rather
e - e as in pen
ē - ay as in pay
i - i as in kin
ī - ee as in keen
o - o as in rob
ō - oh as in robe
u - u as in full
ū - oo as in fool
ae - y as in try
au - ow as in town
ei - ayee as in payee
oe - oy as in toy
ui - oo-ee as in Louis (Lewis)
Any other pairs of vowels are pronounced as two separate syllables. Double consonants prolong the sound of the consona
Hierapolis was an ancient city in Phrygia that later became a part of the kingdom of Pergamon. When King Attalus died, he bequeathed it to the Romans, and they came and did what they were known for: built roads, baths and taxed the hell out of the inhabitants.
A number of earthquakes destroyed the city over the centuries and eventually led to it being abandoned, and nowadays, while the site is extensive, there isn't much to see that remains in one piece.
What's left of the gymnasi
Due to a case of wanderlust combined with clinical depression and a circadian rhythm disorder, I like to travel to sunny spots when possible. Some of these spots end up being places that were once a part of the Greco-Roman world.
This time I visited Side, in the southern coast of Turkey. Back in the day it was an important settlement in Pamphylia, much plagued by pirates until Pompey gave them the boot. Here's a few pictures of the remaining ruins:
Temple of Apollo
Character Clothing Profile
Gaia was a character that I never thought I would get into. She was one of my, "well, throw her into the world and see where she ends up!" and I got to say, her story has surprised me. Gaia or Χρυσανθη (Chrysanthe) started her life as a poor farm girl in Greece. However, in AeRo, her story began as a slave when she was given as a gift to Manius (one of Claudius' heirs and his nephew) by Archaita, Manius' mother. Essentially, she was
Issue eight 2019
New character Mod functions!
There has been a character mod update and it has brought with it some handy features.
We now have an automated Who's Who listing. Please check the character group to tell whether they have been accepted or not.
Additionally, there are other handy features to be made aware of.
In the top right you are able to search the character's name.
You can sort or filter it
Character Clothing Profile FLAVIA JULIANA
While this isn't something that is really seen. I like to show Juliana's growth and personality change through the change in her clothing. Previously, she was insecure and would make it up with jewelry or excessive accessories in order to try to stand out. I first started playing her when she was around 15? I think, I dunno. (And I am terrible when it comes to aging up my playbys, they usually stay the same and I just ima
Issue seven 2019
Half way through the year! Whoo!
Things have been busier than usual so I have been a bit behind with things. I'm also back at uni again and naturally that hits me like a bus to the face. There will still be issues of the AeRonian coming out.
We have plenty of new faces here with us. Welcome, welcome! Hope you enjoy being here with us and the community.
What is coming!
This is something I have been thinking about on and off. Basically, my RL has gotten more involved over time and I have not been able to dedicate the same amount of time I used to AeRo in years past. For one; it was unhealthy as fuck, and two; my life has a lot of other priorities and I want to keep RP as a hobby. A much beloved hobby, but, a hobby none the less. This is going to be a tad rambly and hopefully I will edit it before I post it. But I might not depending on how I am going at the tim
So I was lucky enough to visit Pompeii when I was in Naples last summer on holiday. I thought I'd post up a few photos as none of my irl friends had that much interest...!
I don't think the photos really do justice to just how enormous the site is, nor how well excavated and preserved it is.