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  1. I have updated the page. The printed version runs...

    I have updated the page. The printed version runs for some 20 pages.
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    I made a similar list for Europe years ago on...

    I made a similar list for Europe years ago on Eupedia: Oldest European towns and cities by founding year.

    I indicated the founding year, whether the place was still inhabited today or not, and...
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    I wouldn't trust this source. No Menapian or...

    I wouldn't trust this source. No Menapian or ancient Belgic DNA has been tested. This L21 clade is typical of Ireland. A few samples show up in Scandinavia and Yorkshire probably because they were...
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    Thanks for sharing, Moesan. That's very...

    Thanks for sharing, Moesan. That's very interesting. I was wondering whether other Y-haplogroups would show up alongside R1b, such as G2a-L497 and E-V13, which I believe were also spread by Hallstatt...
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    I have summarised the list of emperors with...

    I have summarised the list of emperors with pictures and descriptions here.
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    The ethnicity is based on the information...

    The ethnicity is based on the information available for each emperor, their parents and grandparents.

    The rating, as stated, is mine, and is based on the dozens of books I have read about ancient...
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    What do you mean? The names and length of reign...

    What do you mean? The names and length of reign of emperors can be found on Wikipedia and many other sites.
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    I have made a table of all Roman emperors until...

    I have made a table of all Roman emperors until the end of the Western Roman Empire. The • sign means that an emperor is the (biological) son of the previous one. I also listed empresses of the...
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    I forgot to mention that Agrippa also worked for...

    I forgot to mention that Agrippa also worked for many years on making a great map of the world, known as the Dimensuratio provinciarum, or Orbis terrarum, which was inscribed in marble by Augustus...
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    Agrippa didn't just do Augustus's bidding and he...

    Agrippa didn't just do Augustus's bidding and he was much more than an excellent general and admiral. He was 3 times consul (already an achievement in itself), then was granted imperium proconsulare...
  11. As I explained above, the Curti and Comini appear...

    As I explained above, the Curti and Comini appear to be exceptions as they are much more common the northern Italy. It's either due to a migration of these families north, or to the appearance of...
  12. It's possible, but then we would expect a lot of...

    It's possible, but then we would expect a lot of Giuli and no specific concentration of ancient Roman surnames around the Latium. Besides, a lot of ancient Roman surnames are still present, even...
  13. Italian surnames inherited from ancient Romans

    I was wondering if any of the ancient Roman patrician and plebeian families still had descendants carrying their surnames today. I went to Cognomix, and searched for what the modern surnames would...
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    Sticky: A few other books about ancient Rome that I have...

    A few other books about ancient Rome that I have started reading.

    Cataclysm 90 BC: The forgotten war that almost destroyed Rome, by Philip Matyszak about the Social War in which Italian cities and...
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    Augustus is many people's favourite emperor. But...

    Augustus is many people's favourite emperor. But hardly anyone cares to mention his right-arm, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, who was in all but name his co-emperor, as well as the ancestor of two...
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    That's not a justification. There were 28...

    That's not a justification. There were 28 emperors of Illyrian origin before the split of the empire into east and west, and many more afterwards. Almost all the emperors from Claudius II to...
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    Sticky: Another great read: The Roman Emperor Aurelian:...

    Another great read: The Roman Emperor Aurelian: Restorer of the World, by John F. White. The book isn't just about Aurelian, but also about Valerian, Gallienus, Claudius II, Tacitus, Probus, Carus,...
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    I have revised a bit my ranking and updated a few...

    I have revised a bit my ranking and updated a few descriptions, notably for Gallienus, Aurelian and Probus based on the book The Roman Emperor Aurelian: Restorer of the World.
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    Here are a few other famous emperors with...

    Here are a few other famous emperors with mitigated reigns that make it hard to determine whether they should be seen positively or negatively.

    - Tiberius: An excellent general in his youth,...
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    Sticky: Two other great books about ancient Rome, this...

    Two other great books about ancient Rome, this time about the lives of Roman emperors. The first covers all the emperors as well as the evolution of Roman society and religious beliefs. The second...
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    Who were the best and worst Roman emperors?

    Rome has a long and fascinating history. The Roman Empire would more accurately be described as the Principate (from 27 BCE to 284 CE) and the Dominate (from Diocletian's Tetrarchy). There were 71...
  22. I eat 85% or 90% chocolate and I am fine with it.

    I eat 85% or 90% chocolate and I am fine with it.
  23. Tea, coffee and chocolate: which is better for health?

    I long wondered about which of these three caffeine-rich substances conferred the most health benefits, so I did a little research.

    Coffee

    Coffee is rich in antioxidants, notably:

    -...
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    It's not just that. Even the autosomal Italian...

    It's not just that. Even the autosomal Italian ancestry matches the areas with high U152 in Iberia.

    https://www.eupedia.com/images/content/23andMe_Italian.png


    In Galicia and North Portugal,...
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    Poll: Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of ads and...

    Sometimes I wonder if the purpose of ads and commercials nowadays is not simply to incite people to pay extra to get rid of them. That being said, it doesn't work on me; I just ignore them.
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