Lutetia, Roman Paris

Written in homage to the city and people of Paris the day after the destructive fire at Notre Dame de Paris cathedral on 15 April 2019. (Reconstruction donation details at the end)

(https://www.danielemancini-archeologia.it/la-romana-lutetia-parisiorum-parigi/)

The Roman city of Lutetia (also Lutetia Parisiorum or Lutèce in French) was the predecessor of present-day Paris, but nobody’s […]

Where the senators lurk...

Cicero accusing Cataline, Maccari Hall, Italian Senate (Public domain)

Roman senators: men in white togas, lots of waffle, drama, hot air and the odd good speech. Such is the (often wildly inaccurate) impression that we gain from television and film of Rome’s Senate.

The senatus romanus was one of the most enduring institutions […]

Choosing the colours of book covers

It’s a well-worn statement, a cliché even, that it’s the book cover that sells the book.

I’d refine that a little. What a cover does first is grab a browser’s attention, nothing more. You’ve made them pause, even stop to investigate further. If they pick it up or click on its image, that’s a second […]