Archive for July, 2010

Armed with a metal detector, David Crisp digs up something big (52, 500 Roman coins)

The coins belong to the 3rd century CE from a horde dating to the reign of the rebel emperor Mausaeus Carausius, who, upon learning of orders for his execution sent by Emperor Maximian, formed and defended a small break-away empire consisting of Britain and parts of Gaul.  This development led to his being the first […]

STARZ casts a ‘Spartacus’ prequel: ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena’

This six episode mini-series will spin tales of the ludus (gladiatorial school) of Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Batiatus in the days before Spartacus’ arrival.  Watchers of the first season will be interested to know that some of the characters who did not survive its finale will be returning in these episodes.  The mini-series was designed to […]