Tarpeian Rock: in the early Roman empire, people deemed traditors and criminals were tossed to their deaths from this rock

Tarpeian Rock, or locally Rupe Tarpea, is a steep cliff located on the southern side of the Capitoline Hill, just above the Roman Forum and, for centuries, the location was used an an execution sites. People who had been convicted of crimes were thrown from the 25-meter cliff ledge down to the Forum below. This method of execution carried a stigma of shame and was considered a fate worse than death. It was reserved as punishment for crimes that were considered especially heinous like treason, murder, and perjury. Also larcenous…

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Onions in the Middle Ages were so precious that they were used also as money!

How many tears are shed by peeling an onion? Despite this little drawback, the use of the onion is normal, both for the taste that ensures in countless recipes, and for the benefits it brings to health. The onion has been used as a food for millennia, although modern archeologists, botanists and historians are unable to determine exact time and place of their first cultivations, because this vegetable is perishable and its cultivation leaves little to no trace. However, some written records enables us to paint a very interesting picture…

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The migrants that led Roman Empire to collapse….

According to the major part of historians, It was the mismanagement of the migratory wave of Goths in the fourth century generated the hostilities at the base of the Battle of Adrianople, the beginning of the end for the Western Roman Empire. On August 9, 378 AD, in Adrianople, in Thrace, now the province of Edirne, in Turkey, one of the worst military defeats ever suffered by the Romans was recorded: the massacre of 30 thousand soldiers of the Empire. The Eastern Roman emperor Flavius Julius Valens Augustus, simply known…

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