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The Aquincum traffic jam blog (#14) – The civilian amphitheatre

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The Aquincum traffic jam blog, which brings you Óbuda’s hidden and not-so-hidden Roman remains, is back on the road. Next up: the amphitheatre of the Aquincum Civil Town!

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Hajnóczi_100 – Interview with the curator

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The Aquincum Museum’s temporary exhibition commemorates Gyula Hajnóczi, a leading figure in the 20th century history of monument protection in Hungary, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Interview with the exhibition’s curator, Katalin L. Kurucz.

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Ingenious inventions – Innovative ideas. Interview with the curator.

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The Aquincum Museum’s new temporary exhibition presents an especially fruitful period in Antiquity for the history of technology. Visitors can find out about the ingenious inventions of the age, and the geniuses who created them. Interview with the curator, archaeologist Dr Gabriella Fényes.

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Heron of Alexandria II: The world’s first “automobile” and other inventions

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As part of our new temporary exhibition “Ingenious inventions – Innovative ideas: Episodes from the history of ancient technology” we are regularly presenting online 2000-year-old innovations in science and technology, and give tips on how those interested can become ancient engineers. At the heart of our fourth episode is Heron of Alexandria's "automobile" and other inventions.

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Local government – SPQR writ small

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Earlier we met an Aquincum resident by the name of M. Antonius Victorinus from the turn of the 2nd and 3rd century. Inscriptions from for instance the Mithras sanctuary built next to his house in the Civil Town tell us that Victorinus wasn’t just a simple citizen. Among other things, he was one of Aquincum’s decurions. What this means is the subject of our latest entry.