Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hm. Spooky.

It's half three in the morning and I can't sleep, so I decided to do what I normally do, and that's choose something to read about until I do fall asleep. Tonight's topic: Mithraism. This has some bearing on one of my novels, where a female character chooses to devote herself to Mithras. (Long backstory, not relevant here.)

Anyway. Was Googling quite happily on Mithras and sun god cults in the Roman Empire in general, when what should I come across but the scrap of information that the gens Aurelia was especially associated with sun god reverence.

The name of the aforementioned female character? Aurelia.

I may need to give this some further investigation.


Gabriele C. said...

Lol, so that's how you found my blog. Google is fast indeed; it's only an hour or so the post has been up. And we're both night owls, it seems. :)

Judging from your lovely little excerpt below, you're dealing with Agricola's campaigns in northen Britain as well. The guy is really getting some notoriety right now - my blogger friend Celede Anthaas writes about his war against the Silures in Wales only a few years earlier, and he features in the middle part of my trilogy.

Gabriele C. said...
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Gabriele C. said...

I can't type at 5 am.

I'm busy reading your backlog right now (though I should write that short story for the anthology, lol). Can I join Jack and you at Mons Graupius? I'd also like to stay along until the time of Hadrian, and come back for Septimius Severus. And the time when the Romans leave Britain. Then off to the Visigoths milling around Rome in 410 AD. :)

But I'd start with Arminius in Germany 9 AD and the Rome of Augustus. Another fun epoch to visit would be Charlemagne, and then the time of Duke Henry the Lion and Frederick Barbarossa, as well as his ancestor Otto of Northeim who had all those intriguing quarrels with King Henry IV. Scotland at the time of King William the Lion would be another target time, as well as Spain during the time the Moors invaded the Visigoth kingdom.

Jack Dixon said...

Excellent, Gabrielle. Mons Graupius it is, then! Tryin' ta get Kirsten to take up a sword and bow and join the fray, but she'll probably just stand back and take notes. Long as she's there, I'll settle for that. You'll join in, though, won't you?

Sounds like a nice little romp through our favorite historical niche.


Crystal said...

Aurelia..I like that name! I was also up at that time but for different reasons...I was medicating my daughter. FEVER! Yuck..Have a good day sweet!

Gabriele C. said...

Hi Jack, I surely will fight. I'm a pretty good horsewoman and I know which end of a sword goes into the enemy. :)

Kirsten Campbell said...

Gabriele - Hi, and welcome. Yes, Agricola's Caledonian campaign is the focus for one novel, anyway. He does seem to get around these days, doesn't he?

I'll join you and Arminius. Can't believe I forgot about him. There's another one I wouldn't mind a chat with. Unfortunately, I have no sense of direction, so I run the risk of getting lost in the Teutoberg forest... (looks around warily)

Jack - All right, all right! I'll fight. (grumbles and looks for weapons) Er... whose side am I fighting on, anyway...?

Crystal - Aurelia's a lovely name, I agree. I hope Sam feels better soon. It's godawful being ill over Christmas. :(

Gabriele C. said...

Don't worry. Just stick to me, I know my way around in those German forests. :)

Arminius is a fascinating character (and he totally took over the first book of my trilogy, he and Germanicus). It makes one wonder what incited a man who had been a Roman officer and member of the equestrian order to go and kick the Romans out. His background was pretty different from Calgacus, Caratacus, Venutius, Boudica and the whole lot. The only other one with a Roman military background was the Batavian leader Julius Civilis, but his rebellion in the year of the four emperors started by supporting the 'wrong' emperor and then developed a life of its own. In the end, he lost, though.

Much later there is Alaric of the Visigoths, another Roman trained barbarian, but the historical context had changed in 410 AD.

Kirsten Campbell said...

Arminius and Alaric I know about, Arminius especially. It's intriguing to think what made him go and lead the German resistance when he'd done so well for himself on the Roman side.

I haven't heard of Julius Civilis, though. Now I know what tonight's insomnia-fuelled research project is going to be, lol!

Gabriele C. said...

Oh, that one is easy, beside Tacitus, just check Celede's blog for an essay about him (continuations in the sidebar) - she's written a novel about the Batavian rebellion.