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What is a Princeps Optimus? No, it’s not a Transformer. Princeps Optimus, meaning ‘best leader,’ was a title given to the Roman general-turned-emperor Trajan. This month’s DIG INTO HISTORY plunges into his exciting life. Examine the magnificent column, still standing in Rome today, commemorating his great deeds and check out the haunting legend that accompanies it. Navigate the twists and turns that led Spanish-born Trajan to rule Rome, and meet the people from engineer to empress who helped him on his path to glory in articles such as:
Here Comes the Parade! by Anthony Hollingsworth
The Road to Power by Angela Murock Hussein
A Column That Talks by Angela Murock Hussein
A Master at Engineering by Mark Rose
Caution: Work Zone by Mark Rose
Kiosk on Philae by Richard A. Lobban, Jr.
Legend of Dakia by Marina Debattista
The Alimenta by Emily Abbink
The Limits of Power by Emily Abbink
What the Letters Reveal by Anthony Hollingsworth
Meet Plotina by Liz Johnson
Princeps Optimus by Chaddie Kruger
The Let’s Go Digging section gives readers a behind-the-scenes work at the groundbreaking—literally—work going on CAAM, the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials with articles including:
Rattle Finds at Ur
Archaeology in the Lab by Marie-Claude Boileau, Tessa de Alarcon, Moritz Jansen, Megan Kassabaum, Janet Monge, Katherine Moore, and Chantel White
Behind the Scenes with CAAM
On Site with CAAM
In the Lab with CAAM
Regular features include: The Calliope Chronicles, Fun with Words, Fast Forward, What’s Wrong Here?, Ask Away!, This & That, Off the Shelf/On the Net, the Adventures of Dr. Dig, In the Headlines, and Artifacts.
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