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The Most Stunning Roman Ruins Outside Of Italy

Roman Ruins Spain

The Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain Source: Wikimedia

At its apogee in the early second century, the Roman Empire controlled five million square kilometers of land that stretched from Britain to the Persian Gulf. Speckled around this massive range of earth, remains of this former global hegemon still stand today. The sites below are among the most stunning reminders of Rome’s past power.

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The Aspendos Theater near Serik, Turkey

Roman Ruins Aspendos Turkey

This spectacular theater near the southern coast of modern-day Turkey can seat 7,000 people and still holds musical and dramatic performances more than 1,800 years after it was built. Source: Flickr

The Terrace Houses at Ephesus, Turkey

Roman Ruins Ephesus Houses

Constructed on the Bulbon Mountain terraces, these were the homes of the first century’s “one percent”. In addition to gorgeous mosaics, these incredible houses had hot and cold water as well internal heating, via steam pipes that ran beneath the floors. Source: Wikimedia

The Hippodrome and Roman Theater at Caesarea, Israel

Roman Ruins Caesarea Israel

It’s hard to get more Roman than naming a city Caesarea, and this ancient spot on Israel’s Mediterranean coast is home to two monumental structures. The hippodrome, or horse tracks, could seat about 10,000 spectators for chariot races. The 4,000-seat theater facing the sea was built over two millennia ago. Source: Wikimedia

The Coliseum at Pula, Croatia

Roman Ruins Pula Coliseum

Better preserved than its counterpart in Rome, the coliseum in Pula, Croatia, held gladiatorial combat for roughly six centuries with criminals released to wild beasts for public entertainment until at least the second half of the 7th century. Source: Flickr

Porta Nigra in Trier, Germany

Roman Ruins Trier Germany

Porta Nigra is the almost-finished, massive city gate of the Trier in modern Germany. UNESCO declared this enigmatic edifice a World Heritage Site in 1986 as “a unique achievement of 2nd century Roman architecture.” Source: Flickr

The Arena of Nîmes, France

Roman Ruins Arena Nimes

120 well-preserved arches circle around a stadium where crowds 24,000 strong began watching gladiatorial battles in the 1st century. Gore enthusiasts still gather here, as the arena has been used for Spanish-style bullfighting since 1863. Source: Flickr

The Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain

Roman Ruins Segovia Aqueduct

From tip to tail, the 1st century Roman aqueduct in Segovia stretches for nearly 15 kilometers. Much of this run is underground, but for a full kilometer the aqueduct rises upward in a remarkable sequence of 166 arches that crosses right through the center of town. Source: Flickr

The “Archeological Ensemble” at Mérida, Spain

Roman Ruins Merida Spain

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, the impressive collections at Mérida include a gladiatorial amphitheater, a river-spanning bridge, a crumblier aqueduct than the one in Segovia, and a beautiful theater (pictured). All this wealth is here because, starting in 25 BCE, Mérida was the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania. Source: Flickr

The Abandoned City of Cuicul at Djémila, Algeria

Roman Ruins Cuicul

Built as a military outpost in northern Algeria’s low mountains, the city of Cuicul was occupied for roughly six centuries and then abandoned as the empire collapsed. Today, visitors can wander through the skeletons of the city and imagine what the forums, bathhouses, pagan sites of worship, and the Christian basilica would have looked like. Source: Flickr

The Ancient City of Leptis Magna at Khoms, Libya

Roman Ruins Leptis Magna

This Phoenician port town received a massive investment of Roman coin when one of its children, Septimius Severus, grew up to become Emperor at the end of the 2nd century. Under his reign, Leptis Magna became known as one of the empire’s most beautiful cities. Source: Flickr

The Amphitheater of El­Jem, Tunisia

Roman Ruins Djem Tunisia

This grand arena could hold 35,000 fans for gladiatorial battles and chariot races. As UNESCO puts it, the 3rd century “monument of El Jem is one of the most accomplished examples of Roman architecture of an amphitheatre, almost equal to that of the Coliseum of Rome.” Source: Flickr

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99 Fun Facts That Are Perfect For Trivia Night

From history to science to the hilariously bizarre past profession of Danny Devito, enjoy these fun facts that will have you destroying your trivia competition in no time:

Thank you to Mental Floss, r/TodayILearned, and Today I Found Out for inspiration and information for this post.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Brief Life As Explained By Photos

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809, which means photography was developed in his lifetime. Like anything that comes into the world while you’re a young adult, men of Lincoln’s generation found photography very exciting and often commemorated important milestones by sitting for a portrait. Lincoln, who was a prominent lawyer in Illinois before becoming an even more prominent politician, sat for more than his share of pictures.

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The Randy Victorian’s Guide To Sex

Becklards Physiology

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Who would have guessed that one of the most sex-positive and progressive perspectives on copulation would come from a Victorian how-to guide? Becklard’s Physiology, as it was so called, was really just the nickname given to the real title, Physiological Mysteries and Revelations in Love, Courtship and Marriage by Eugène Becklard. And oh, what mysteries abounded within those well-worn pages. While Becklard was by no means the go-to expert on the subject, his book–akin to “pop psychology” books today–would likely be found stashed away in many Victorians’ bookshelves.

Today, finding a copy of Becklard’s Physiology in the flesh (so to speak) would be an extreme historical find. Very few print copies exist outside of archives, but the tome has recently made its way onto Google Books. Now we can all enjoy the (slightly misleading but well intentioned) wisdom of Mr. Becklard. Here are some of the gems:

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period of childbearing—becklards

You should be suspicious of any woman who appears to be “with child” longer than the requisite nine months. She’s *probably* lying about the time of conception. Source: Google Books

best months for babies —becklards

Want sweet little children who are in perpetually good health? Have a spring baby! Source: Google Books

busy vagina —becklards

Childbearing, of course, requires the vagina to — erm— “get busy”. Source: Google Books


What if you don’t want children — or at least not yet? The favorite defense of the Victorian woman was the now widely ill-advised act of douching. There were, of course, somewhat rudimentary attempts made at male contraceptives (the grandpa of modern-day condoms) which were, unsurprisingly, widely available in Paris. Source: Google Books


Becklard also provides some insight into the “ideal form” for a woman to be considered attractive and worthy of impregnation. An interesting juxtaposition to today’s preferential appreciation of the “thigh gap” — you’ll note Becklard is, frankly, all about that bass. Source: Google Books

to each his own—becklards

But don’t worry — even if you aren’t considered conventionally pretty, there’s gotta be someone else there who would love you. Source: Google Books

opposites attract—becklards

If you’re looking to settle down, Becklard advises that you look for someone who completes you, echoing the sentiment of several hundred years’ worth of romance novels. Source: Google Books


Perhaps the most shocking passage in Becklard’s book isn’t even overtly about sexual intercourse — it’s about cohabbin’ with someone before you decide to get married. This might seem like a fairly scandalous idea at the time, but apparently it was fairly commonplace in Scotland. It even had a name: hand fasting. Source: Google Books


When settled in with a new love in matrimony, Becklard thinks it’s in a man’s best interest to make sure his wife is sufficiently pleasured. He does, however, feel that this is merely hypothesis and he would not be able to test it . . . Source: Google Books


What could have been a rather feminist point about the vitalness of female pleasure is then sharply undone by his words on the subject of rape, which are unfortunately still propagated by some groups in modern times. Source: Google Books

puberty —becklards

In case you need a refresher on just when you have entered into a state of impregnability, just remember: it’s when your genitals awaken from their torpor. Source: Google Books

longing for marriage—becklards

It’s totally normal to have fantasies about your future love life, and don’t be fooled into thinking that young men aren’t fantasizing just as hard as their much so that if his dreams are not realized he’ll lose his mind: Source: Google Books


Physically speaking, Becklard’s thoughts on the presence/absence of a woman’s hymen are promising: he more than suggests, rather implores, that the intactness of a woman’s hymen doesn’t necessarily correlate to her virginity. Source: Google Books


Rather distressingly, the author informs us that to be married will strip us of our literary and poetic prowess. We write because we are not loved and when we are loved, we cannot write. Source: Google Books

french women—becklards

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