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Medusa- the myth and the magic

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This weeks blog was written by Rebecca Preedy, currently studying Ancient History and Classical Archaeology. Few people wouldn’t recognise the snaky hairdo and stony eyes of Medusa. She has become…

Inspirational Brading Roman Villa

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My name is Michael Fulford and I am a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading and a Trustee of Oglander Roman Trust.  Some sixty or so years ago…

The Antonine Plague

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The Antonine Plague of 165 to 180 AD, also known as the Plague of Galen (after Galen, the physician who described it), was an ancient pandemic brought to the Roman Empire by troops…

Remembering Ambrosia

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One of the mosaics at Brading, is believed to represent Ambrosia who was turned into a grape vine to save her from the unwelcome attentions of King Lycurgus.  At Brading…

The Gallus Mosaic

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This weeks post discusses the origins and symbolism of the cockerel headed figure in one of our mosaic floors.  This mosaic is particularly special as its the only known one…

Wall Plaster

Phoenix and Peacocks

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At present we are closed, but we hope to rise again like a phoenix. The image of the phoenix has inspired and sustained many over thousands of years and across…

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Why the Romans conquered Britain

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This week our blog has been written by Ben And Jasmine   It was over 2000 years ago that the Romans invaded Britain. They wanted to use the natural resources,…

Roman Roads

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Thanks to Rene, age 11 who helped contribute to the first Brading Blog. Her topic is Roman roads. Romans are warriors, they fight for whatever they need. Did you know…

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Welcome to the Brading Villa Blog

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Hello, welcome to the first of our Brading Villa blogs. Over the coming weeks during this time of uncertainty we thought it would be good to post interesting and  fun…