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Rob Paterson
Looking beneath the surface
Interests: my dogs, history and science, blogging, my children, science fiction and fantasy
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Viktor Frankl made the point that there are really only two races in the world, the decent people and the indecent people. In the Lager, it was almost impossible to be wholly decent. This is a story of a truly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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At first glance, you see a bunch of young people mugging for the camera. Then you see the uniform. What you may not know, and what makes this image so important, is that the women here are office workers at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This image is taken from an important movie called The Grey Zone. It shows men of Sonderkommando 12 eating a feast at dinner. In late 1944, S 12 had over 800 men. Their job was to reassure, kill and process... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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In this second post in this series, I want to share with you a general landscape of the camp. What you will see is how it has been designed with great care to make it easy to kill up to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This image is from a model of the "processing" of a transport at Auschwitz Birkenau. (Link here) It takes the viewer all the way from the train's arrival on the ramp, via "Selection" to the gas chambers and beyond. Here... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The Jockey of Artemision ( 150 BC) - The statue is life-size for both horse and rider. The boy is under three feet tall well within the height of a 4 year old. Note that there is no saddle and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, RA, OM - The Triumph of Titus It was about 5.30 in the morning (June 24, 79 AD). The Emperor was sitting in his chair, on the balcony at the palace in Rieti, looking out at the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Here is the blood side of the Corleone family. This is not the whole picture as we will see in this post. Today, we will see how the archetypal Corleone "Family" helps us understand how the Roman Familia works. First... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Rosalie Crutchley playing Acte opposite Peter Ustinov as Nero in Quo Vadis The two women embraced. "Welcome to my home, Caenis. I rejoice to see you. We both still live" Caenis smiled, "May we both live for a long time,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is a statue of the new Emperor, Nero aged 16, and his mother Agrippina. It is unique in the history of Rome. Here we see a woman sharing the status of the Emperor. In fact, in the first 2... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Pictured above, lying 30 feet below the modern street, are the partial ruins of the Imperial Villa, Horti Sallustiani. This was Vespasian's favourite place to stay as Emperor when he was in Rome. Most historians remark on this, even in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is the reverse side of a gold Aureus in the reign of Vespasian. We see an idealized woman holding a wreath of victory over his head. Is this the only image that we have of Caenis? Who was she?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The killing of Gaius, Caligula, was the first assassination of an Emperor. I have done my best to explain who might have organized this, Narcissus and Caenis on behalf of the Familia Alexander, but how was it done? Like all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The discovery and acclamation of Claudius by Gratus of the Praetorian Guard after the assassination of Caligula in 41 AD (By Lawrence Alma Tadema) "Herod Agrippa, the King of Chalcis, my lord," announced Narcissus. Agrippa prostrated himself before the new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Here is a reconstruction of the main gates at Maiden Castle. If you have been there, it is really impressive and you might wonder how these gates might be breached. Legio II probably made the final assault in less than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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This is "Maiden Castle" - In about 44 AD, Vespasian, while on independent campaign in the south of Britannia, took this fort and many others and so secured the south coast for Rome and a new Kingdom for Cogidubnus. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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The man in the gold breastplate is not Captain Kirk but Patrick Stewart, who is playing Sejanus in the classic BBC series, I Claudius. The officer, smirking behind Sejanus, is Macro, Prefect of the Vigiles. He is smirking because he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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A bust of Herod Agrippa I - He looks totally Roman - he was - here is one of his coins Vespasian was late for dinner at Antonia's Reate villa. One of his best mares had a difficult birth that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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Central to everything is that we know for certain that Vespasian had a lot of help in his early career from Caenis, Narcissus and Antonia. There had to be a connection. My assumption is that Vespasian had been brought into the Reate household as a companion. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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He had come home to Aqua Cutiliae to die. It was late June, and the sun was still high that afternoon. The dinner guests had gone, and Phyllis had settled him on a couch looking out over the lake that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Loading... “Noblesse Oblige” is an intimate history of the families of Montreal’s once famous community of wealth and privilege, the "Square Mile". Using their own words and images, the book seeks to answer the question of why they lost their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
There is no doubt that patriarchy is realk and that it is evil. It hurts all women and most men - for it concentrates power in a few male hands. But is patriarchy the natural state of male culture or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
Absolutely - In Athens the galleys were crewed by free men - it was an obligation of citizenship. When the Athenian ran short of crew in Syracuse, they freed slaves to join them on the benches. Cant mix a free culture with slaves
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2016 on Culture is Everything at Global Guerrillas
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This is the Menin Gate at Ypres where the names of those whose bodies were never identified at the Salient in World War 1 are recorded. In 2014, I decided to write an ongoing history of the Great War, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Robert Paterson's Weblog
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In October 1914, over 1,000 men in the new PPCLI have their picture taken by their ship. By May 15, barely 150 are still left in the field. Of the 18,000 men in the Canadian First Division who arrive in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Robert Paterson's Weblog