Posts Tagged ‘Roman Empire’

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What battle am I talking about today?

July 31, 2012

This is the Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria, site of the Battle of Alexandria on July 31, 30 BC.   Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria was one of the greatest cities in the world under European influence for over 300 years.  The battle, which pitted the forces of Octavian against those of Mark Antony, marked the end of Rome as a republic and the beginning of the empire.  Mark Antony’s defeat at the battle let to his suicide, as well as that of Cleopatra. Alexandria’s fortunes ebbed and flowed over the centuries under the rule of Europeans, Arabs and the Ottoman Empire at various times.  Modern Alexandria is a prosperous seaport and industrial center.

Ancient Alexandria

Modern Alexandria

Don’t get me started about the Library at Alexandria – you know how I get.

References:

Science & Society

Cambridge Ancient History

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Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

July 13, 2012

Julius Caesar, born July 13, 100 C, in Rome.

Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman and a distinguished writer of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. (Wiki)

Here is Marlon Brando in the Caesar role – now there’s a Roman emperor for you.

The obvious culinary reference for me to make would be a recipe for a Caesar Salad – nope – here’s a recipe for a Bloody Caesar cocktail.

Rim tall glass with celery salt, fill with ice and ingredients. Garnish with a celery stick, straw, and lime.
reference: Drink Mixer
Alla salute!