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Hypatia was a Greek philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt in the 4th century BC, when it was part of the Eastern Roman Empire. She was admired for her groundbreaking ideas but was eventually killed by Christian fanatics, seemingly, for those same ideas.
The Roman Empire was vast and extensive, covering almost all of Europe. Britain also came under its rule for 400 years. First Julius Caesar visited in 55 BC, but he did not stay. Eventually, in 43 AD permanent conquest of the British Isles began and Britain became a Roman province. At the time, Britain was home to many tribes, some of whom had been already trading with the Romans and were happy to welcome the invaders. Others however, like the Picts of the north, in what is now Scotland, were particularly unimpressed by the Romans and kept rebelling against the conquerors, sometimes even venturing south to attack.
Rome got a new emperor from 117 to 138 AD. His name was Hadrian and he visited Britain, which was one of the farthest outposts of his empire, in 122 AD. It was Hadrian who decided to build a wall between England and Scotland to defend his territories in England.
Here is a video of Grey Seals that I saw at Farne Islands, England in December 2021.
Venus is known as Earth’s Evil Twin and it has New Images taken by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe as it flew by the planet. Venus is inhospitable for life as we know it but Phosphine, possible indicator of microbial life, has been found high in its clouds.
Meet Jonathan, the Seychelles giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa), who turns 190 years in 2022.
Lindisfarne is the island on the northeastern coast of England, where the Vikings first landed when they attacked England in 793AD. This was a holy island with a monastary of monks. A priory had been built in 635AD. And I went there to photograph it. Here are the images and the history.
Learn about these mysterious objects known as brown dwarfs, that are neither stars nor planets.
I spent lovely day walking around this brilliant fortress, looking at the royal apartments, the spiral staircases, the towers and the well. Check it out in this video.
On the way back from the Lake District last weekend, I stopped by at Borrans Field in Ambleside to see the Ambleside Roman Fort, at the northern end of Lake Windermere. It was really amazing. Roman remains in the middle of a town bustling with tourists.