Afqa, Lebanon

Photos by Peter Steele (RAS delegate) The waterfall at Afqa is the source for the River Adonis and is located on a 600-foot (180 m) bluff that forms an immense natural amphitheatre.[6] The river emerges from a large limestone cave in the cliff wall which stores and channels water from the melted snow of the mountains before…

Jerash, Jordan

Photos by Peter Steele (RAS delegate) Jerash is a city in Jordan, north of the capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the…

Seven Years War

Lieutenant John Clarke

by Michael King Macdona As readers may know, before the editions of Stelten and Milner in the 1990s, the last English translation of Vegetius was The Military Institutions of Vegetius by Lt. John Clarke, published in 1767.  Little is generally known of Lt. Clarke but I carried out some research a few years ago and…

Gods and Planets  – Susan Porter

Mars, Venus and Jupiter After being rained and thundered off site recently I was holed up in the office ostensibly writing reports (playing solitaire), and happened to hear on the radio that it was the 100th anniversay of Gustav Holst’s composition of the first three (and arguably most famous) orchestral movements of the The Planets…

Bust of Julius Caesar

HistoryBites – Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar – The man who swore revenge on priates and convinced a legion to fight for no pay. Here are some of the lesser known aspects of the life of Caesar. S M Porter

Pantheon columns, Rome

HistoryBites – The Founding of Rome

Welcome to HistoryBites – your favourite bits of history in under 5 minutes! You’ve heard the myths about the founding of Rome, but is there truth behind the legends? S M Porter