Thursday, March 2, 2023
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For the first time, researchers have discovered remnants of Roman-era wooden spikes meant to deter attackers. (Frederic Auth)
Until recently, no traces of the military technology had ever been found
On this day in 537, the first siege of Rome by the Ostrogoths began. Though the Romans eventually prevailed, both sides suffered disease and famine during the yearlong siege.
Read about how just four years later, they would once again contend with illness during the Justinianic plague.
© Geoffrey Prior