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Adam Haviaras
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Author of historical fantasy/fiction set in the Roman Empire and ancient Greece. writingthepastblog.blogspot.com - Tweet me @AdamHaviaras
Author of historical fantasy/fiction set in the Roman Empire and ancient Greece. writingthepastblog.blogspot.com - Tweet me @AdamHaviaras

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Roman Ghosts – Pliny and the Spectral Haircut

This week on the blog, we’ve got a new Roman Ghosts post!

This is the first such post in the series in which we look, not at modern sightings of Roman spectres, but rather evidence of ancient ghost sightings in the Roman world.

This is a side of Pliny I had not read about before!

Check it out here: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/roman-ghosts-pliny-and-the-spectral-haircut/

Hope you enjoy!
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The Pylos Combat Agate and the Griffin Warrior Tomb

Is this one of the most fascinating archaeological finds in Greece in recent years?

It’s certainly one of my favourites!

Find out more about this Mycenaean Bronze Age tomb and all the treasures found within: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/the-pylos-combat-agate-and-the-griffin-warrior-tomb/

There’s a story there somewhere!

#archaeology #lovearchaeology #history #ancienthistory #ancientgreece #mycenaean #bronzeage #warrior #grave #tomb #griffinwarriortomb #pyloscombatagate #pylos #trojanwar #greece #blog #ancientruins #minoan #nestorspalace
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Sexta and the Siesta…

It’s time for a new Ancient Everyday post!

This week on the blog we’re looking at the siesta in ancient Rome.

Sure the Romans had perfect military discipline, top notch weapons and tactics, and a series of excellent generals, but perhaps their real secret weapon in conquering the world was napping? ;)

Read this short post about the siesta in ancient Rome: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ancient-everyday-the-siesta/

Hope you enjoy!
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Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to announce Eagles and Dragons Publishing’s release of the third book in the HISTORIA non-fiction series:

Y Gododdin - The Last Stand of Three Hundred Britons: Understanding People and Events during Britain’s Heroic Age

Here is the description:
This book introduces the reader to one of the most important and moving literary works to come out of Dark Age Britain: The Gododdin of Aneirin.

The Gododdin is not only a praise poem and elegy for three hundred British warriors who made a heroic last stand against the invaders of their island, it is also an important source for understanding the culture, people, and events of the seventh century.

In this book, the reader will learn about the poem itself, the historical background, as well as the archaeological evidence that has come to light.
The Gododdin is an inspiring, tragic tribute to ‘three hundred gold-torqued warriors’, composed by a man who was their contemporary and friend who sought to ensure their sacrifice would never be forgotten.

If you are studying The Gododdin itself, or have an interest in Celtic, Arthurian, or Dark Age studies, then you will enjoy this short study of the heroic last stand of three hundred men against thousands, an act of historical bravery worthy of the successors of Arthur himself.

If you’d like to read more, check out the book’s launch blog here: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/historia-iii-y-gododdin-the-last-stand-of-three-hundred-britons/

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HISTORIA – Book II – Arthurian Romance and the Knightly Ideal

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to announce Eagles and Dragons Publishing’s release of this next book in the HISTORIA non-fiction series:

Arthurian Romance and the Knightly Ideal: A study of Medieval Romantic Literature and its Effect upon the Warrior Culture in Europe

Arthurian studies has always been one of my main fields of study and the medieval romances of authors such as Chretien de Troyes have been a huge influence on me as a person, artist and writer.

Here’s the book description:

This book explores the history and effects of one of the great literary movements in medieval Europe: Arthurian Romance.

This is not just a study of the Arthurian romances and the authors of the genre. It is a study of the true nature of chivalry and courtly love. It is also a look at a revolutionary and inspiring movement and cultural shift among the nobles of medieval Europe, one that altered perceptions of violence and the roles of men and women, influenced social change, and molded the image of the ideal knight.

In this book, the reader will learn about the origins and history of Arthurian Romance, the emergence of courtly culture, the greatest authors of Arthurian Romance, and the evolution of tournaments during the Middle Ages.

Explore the relationship between violence and the knightly ideal, and discover how medieval Arthurian Romance and its ideals may have played a role in civilizing the warrior classes of Europe and creating a new order of chivalry.

If you have an interest in medieval history and literature, Arthurian studies, or if you simply have fond memories of tales of knights and ladies, then you will enjoy this in-depth study of one of the great literary achievements of the Middle Ages.

If you’d like to read more, check out the book’s launch blog here:
https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/historia-ii-arthurian-romance-and-the-knightly-ideal/

HISTORIA: A Gateway to Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology!
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HISTORIA – Book I is now out!

Hi all!

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of the first book in the new non-fiction HISTORIA series from Eagles and Dragons Publishing:

‘Celtic Literary Archetypes in The Mabinogion: A Study of the Ancient Tale of Pwyll, Lord of Dyved’

This book introduces the reader to some of the literary traditions of the ancient Celts through the study of the first branch of The Mabinogion, Pwyll, Lord of Dyved. This ancient text is both a record of British mythology and a teaching text for ancient princes. It also illustrates the values of Celtic, Iron Age society that carried on into the Middle Ages to shape Arthurian Romance and ideals chivalry and kingship.

In this book, the reader will learn about the most prominent archetypes in ancient Celtic literature such as occurrences in threes, the importance of contact with the Otherworld, what it meant to be an effective ruler, and more.
Pwyll, Lord of Dyved is a tale of magic and wonder, as well as human trial and experience, and the archetypes it employs are as relevant today as they were over fifteen-hundred years ago.

If you are studying The Mabinogion, or have an interest in Celtic and Arthurian studies, the Arthurian legends and British mythology, then you will enjoy this short, engaging study of one of the great literary achievements of the ancient Celts.

If you’d like to read more, check out the launch blog here: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/historia-announcing-a-new-non-fiction-series-from-eagles-and-dragons-publishing/

HISTORIA: A Gateway to Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology!

#ancienthistory #history #archaeology #britain #britishhistory #romanempire #ancientrome #ancientgreece #celticstudies #arthurianlegend #kingarthur #mabinogion #celts #celtic #medieval #medievalhistory #arthurianromance #nonfiction #historia #series #eaglesanddragonspublishing #historiaseries #literarycriticism #books #bookstagram
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HISTORIA: A Gateway to Ancient and Medieval History and Archaeology!

Announcing a New Non-Fiction Series!

Hi everyone,

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Eagles and Dragons Publishing’s first non-fiction series of books: HISTORIA

HISTORIA is a series of short non-fiction books that will introduce readers to a wide range of topics related to ancient and medieval history and archaeology.

We’re launching three books initially, but it will grow over time.

If you’d like to read more, check out the launch blog here: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/historia-announcing-a-new-non-fiction-series-from-eagles-and-dragons-publishing/

Or you can click the Link in Bio and go to the Blog tab of the website.

Cheers everyone!

#ancienthistory #history #archaeology #britain #britishhistory #romanempire #ancientrome #ancientgreece #celticstudies #arthurianlegend #kingarthur #mabinogion #celts #celtic #medieval #medievalhistory #arthurianromance #nonfiction #historia
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Roman BBQ!

Anyone fancy a two-thousand year-old recipe this Summer?

Have a go at this ancient burger recipe, and learn a bit more about the man behind it and the vast array of culinary creations in his ancient book on cookery.

Check it out here: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/roman-bbq/

Cheers!
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Ancient Eleusis and the Mysteries

Hi everyone,

This week on the blog we’re looking at the story of Demeter and Persephone, the Eleusinian Mysteries, and my visit to the ancient sanctuary.

This isn’t just a story from Greek myth. It’s also a very human story about a mother, an abducted child, sadness and grief, a mother’s revenge and her fight to get her daughter back.

You can read the post here: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/ancient-eleusis-and-the-mysteries/

I hope you enjoy it.
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Roman Ghosts – Sentries of the Saxon Shore

This week on the blog we’ve got a new Roman Ghosts post!

We’re heading to the Kentish coast and the remote fort of Reculver, or, Roman Regulbium.

This particular site has been popular with amateur ghost hunters, and archaeological finds on the site of the Roman fort appear to show there may be a link to the wailing people have heard on the wind there!

You can check out the latest Roman Ghosts post here: https://eaglesanddragonspublishing.com/roman-ghosts-sentries-of-the-saxon-shore/
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