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Author: John I. Rigoli & Diane Cummings

Roman Plumbing: Overrated

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Ancient Rome’s toilets, sewers, and bathhouses may have been innovative, but they didn’t do much to improve public health. Though the ancient Romans may be more well-known for things like military prowess and leafy hats, they have also been lauded for being awesome at toilets.The book 100 Ideas That Changed the World cites the flush…

A Short History of Ordination (Part I) – Memory, Meaning & Faith

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A Short History of Ordination (Part I) by Darius Jankiewicz With few exceptions, most contemporary Christians consider ordination a legitimate rite of setting selected members apart for the purpose of pastoral ministry and oversight in the Christian Church.  It is also generally assumed that the rite finds its foundations in the Old and New Testaments.…

The Dead Sea Scrolls – Conservation

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  Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, scholars and conservators have been concerned with their conservation, preservation and documentation. For over 2,000 years, the Scrolls were preserved in a relatively stable environment: the caves of the Judean Desert. Removing the fragile Scrolls from their caves not only interrupted their environmental stability, but also…

BAV – Vatican Library

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Important Building Restoration Works at the Vatican Library The announcement of the closure of the prestigious Institution for three years beginning July 16, 2007 The normal life of a Library, even if visited every day by more than 150 scholars and managed by a staff of about a hundred librarians and technicians, functions in an…

God’s Librarians – The New Yorker

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The Vatican Library enters the twenty-first century. One day early in the sixteen-twenties, in a quiet room near the heart of the Vatican Palace, an archivist working in the library of the Holy See stumbled upon a text that certain people had been trying to get their hands on for the better part of a…

What Really Lies Hidden in the Vatican Secret Archives? | Ancient Origins

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  Mystery and intrigue are inherent to the Holy See. People will always wonder what religious authorities are conspiring to behind closed doors, what treasures lie within the vaults of the Vatican. Despite claims that the Pope has evidence of extraterrestrials and demons tucked away in his catacombs, the truth of the secret archives is…

The Great Revolt (66 – 70 CE)

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The Jews’ Great Revolt against Rome in 66 C.E. led to one of the greatest catastrophes in Jewish life and, in retrospect, might well have been a terrible mistake. No one could argue with the Jews for wanting to throw off Roman rule. Since the Romans had first occupied Israel in 63 B.C.E., their rule…

A.D. 70 Titus Destroys Jerusalem | Christian History

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When the Roman general sacked the temple, the Jews were forced into a new era—and so were the Christians. Gessius Florus loved money and hated Jews. As Roman procurator, he ruled Judea, caring little for their religious sensibilities. When tax revenues were low, he seized silver from the temple. As the uproar against him grew,…

Didache. The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (translation Charles H. Hoole).

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CHAPTER 1 1:1 There are two paths, one of life and one of death, and the difference is great between the two paths. 1:2 Now the path of life is this — first, thou shalt love the God who made thee, thy neighbour as thyself, and all things that thou wouldest not should be done…

Roman Medicine – Ancient History Encyclopedia

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  Roman medicine was greatly influenced by earlier Greek medical practice and literature but would also make its own unique contribution to the history of medicine through the work of such famous experts as Galen and Celsus. Whilst there were professional doctors attached to the Roman army, for the rest of the population medicine remained…