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History Blog's Roman holiday...

I've posted lots of items from the History Blog over the years, and here's another one - with the twist that the blogger has been on vacation in Rome, so the last few posts have included marvelous things as seen in person, rather than gleaned from other online sources. Here's the first post, with some giddy-at-actually-being-there bits:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/49118

And another, which touches on the cats-of-Rome sanctuary among other things:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/49213

And there are other posts about hidden treasures - not that Rome is short of Not Hidden At All treasures either.

Today's post, while about things ancient-Roman, isn't from the vacation: it's about the repatriation of one of the rare surviving fragments of the colossal Nemi Ships of Caligula:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/49292

It intrigued me in part because the story's fascinating in its own right, and in part because I first read about the Nemi Ships in the novel Lost Things ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11750768 ) by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham, in which the excavation of the ships looses a supernatural foe on the world. (Lucky for the owner of the "coffee table" fragment, it doesn't *actually* appear to include ancient spirits of vengeance!)

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I've posted lots of items from the History Blog over the years, and here's another one - with the twist that the blogger has been on vacation in Rome, so the last few posts have included marvelous things as seen in person, rather than gleaned from other online sources. Here's the first post, with some giddy-at-actually-being-there bits:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/49118

And another, which touches on the cats-of-Rome sanctuary among other things:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/49213

And there are other posts about hidden treasures - not that Rome is short of Not Hidden At All treasures either.

Today's post, while about things ancient-Roman, isn't from the vacation: it's about the repatriation of one of the rare surviving fragments of the colossal Nemi Ships of Caligula:

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/---/49292

It intrigued me in part because the story's fascinating in its own right, and in part because I first read about the Nemi Ships in the novel Lost Things ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11750768/ ) by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham, in which the excavation of the ships looses a supernatural foe on the world. (Lucky for the owner of the "coffee table" fragment, it doesn't *actually* appear to include ancient spirits of vengeance!)

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