My box is full of gossip about NBC ordering a pilot for a drama based on Cleopatra (e.g. NBC Orders Pilot for Period Drama about Cleopatra) … considering how NBC has handled the Olympics, and most other things, I’m not holding my breath on this one …
¶ 480 B.C. — Battle of Thermopylae ; death of Leonidas et al (by one reckoning)
¶ 480 B.C. — Battle of Artemesium (by one reckoning)
¶ 117 A.D. — dies imperii of the emperor Hadrian
¶ 275 A.D. — martyrdom of Alexander the Charcoal Burner at Cremona
¶ 295 A.D. — martyrdom of Susanna at Rome
¶ 1928 — birth of Emily Vermeule (Greece in the Bronze Age)
American Philological Association: APA Blog : Election Materials for 2012.
About.com Ancient / Classical History: On This Day in Ancient History – Hadrian Made Emperor in A.D. 117.