So How Big Was the Colosseum?

Here’s an interesting little time killer our friends over at Scoop alerted us to. The BBC has a tool which will superimpose an ‘plan’ of the Flavian Amphitheatre in the postal code/area code/whatever of your choice on a satellite view:

Classical Words of the Day

… a taste of latinitas:

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v kalendas Iunias

ante diem v kalendas Iunias

Drusus minor (Museo del Prado) 01
Drusus minor (Museo del Prado) 01 (Photo credit: Zaqarbal)

585 B.C. — solar eclipse predicted by Thales of Miletus occurs during the battle of the Halys (another possible date)

20 A.D. — Drusus “Minor”, the son of the emperor Tiberius, celebrates an ovatio for his victories in Illyricum

ca 250 A.D. — martyrdom of Heliconis