This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v idus sextiles

ante diem v idus sextiles

¶   rites in honour of Sol Indiges on the Quirinal Hill

¶  480 B.C. — Spartan forces under Leonidas fight a suicidal delaying action against Persian forces at Thermopylae (by one reckoning)

¶  48 B.C. — The forces of Julius Caesar defeat Pompeius Magnus at Pharsalus

¶  117 A.D. — official announcement that Trajan had adopted Hadrian as his successor

¶  1804 — death of Robert Potter (translator of Aeschylus and critic of Dr. Johnson)

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