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A, late-16th century, vision of a Pictish warrior (clearly based on Herodian's description of the “barbarians” of Caledonia) by John White. The overall blue tinting of the body is inspired by a remark made by Julius Caesar, who had spent a few weeks in the south-eastern corner of Britain in 55BC and 54BC: “All the Britons, without exception, stain themselves with woad, which produces a blueish tint; and this gives them a wild look in battle.”

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Portrait of Marcus Aurelius, detail of a relief from a lost arch, Rome, Italy, ca. A.D. 175–180. Marble, approx. life size. Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome.

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ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER ROYAL PASSAGEWAY TO KING HEROD'S HILLTOP PALACE Ya'akov Sa'ar/GPO via Getty Images

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The Church of Saint Alexander Nevsky is a Russian Church located in Jerusalem near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. During construction of the Church, remains of what was thought to be the Judgement Gate through which Jesus passed on his way to Golgotha, were discovered. The present church is built over these remains, and also incorporates part of the Herodian city wall, and vestiges of the pagan temple erected by Hadrian after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

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HERODIAN Historici THOMAS CRANMER'S COPY, UNRESTORED LONDON BINDING BY JOHN REYNES. Cranmer had an extensive library, but few of his books seem to have survived in their original bindings. The front cover panel is copied from a cut used by the Paris printer Thielman Kerver, and the fact that the lower cover is in the second state, with Katherine of Aragon's pomegranate replaced, leads us to date the binding to about 1531 or soon after, the time when Katherine was sent from court.

The Iron Age warriors of Britain were described as fighting naked except for the paint and tattoos adorning their bodies, they would wear torques around their necks, and there is some mention of iron hoops around the hips (Herodian III, 14, 7). Whilst it is also believed that fighting naked was seasonal and a ‘semi-ritual encounter’ (Ashbee 1978, 205).

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from Dave's Travel Pages

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The Herodian Hotel near the Acropolis in Athens

Temple Mount, Jerusalem, Herodian Basilica and the Second Temple, 1st century AD. Reconstruction by Balage Balogh/Archaeologyillustrated.com

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