Terracotta oil lamp, on the discus a winged Victory holds a shield on which is inscribed Happy New Year, surrounded by New Year's gifts, made in Italy, around 50-100 AD, British Museum

Annum novum faustum felicem vobis!

I would like to wish you all a happy, prosperous and inspiring New Year! Here are some New Year's wishes from a Roman oil lamp which was traditionally given as present for New Year’s Day. This Roman lamp was made in Italy in around 50-100 AD to celebrate the New Year. On the discus, a [...]

Britannia, Hadrian, Hadrian's Wall, Photography

Picture of the day: Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland (UK)

An absolutely beautiful spot! This iconic tree was made famous by the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). It is one of the best Hadrian's Wall views and a much photographed point. The walk from Steel Rigg to Housesteads is my favourite part of the Wall and offers the best views Northumberland has to offer. The scenery and panoramic views are just [...]