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Tales From the Knowne World is a site dedicated to the study of jewelry, historical sex work, Ancient Rome, reenactment, history, fashion, & a touch of random.


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SUN: All That Bling: Introduction to Roman Jewelry pdf can be found here.

Latest articles (links): “Sex Workers in Ancient Rome” & “The Fascinum

“A Brief Overview of Roman Jewelry” was published in Northshield’s December newsletter, The Northwatch. And is a preview of my SUN (see below) class.


Recent Posts

  • ALL THAT BLING (SUN)
    ALL THAT BLING: AN INTRODUCTION TO ROMAN JEWELRY 1 BCE to 2 CE
  • The Fascinum
    A brief overview:
  • Sex Workers in Ancient Rome
    To discuss sex workers in Ancient Rome is to part with our ideas and ideals of the modern view of sex work and sex. For in Ancient Rome, sex work was a vital part of both the economy and the social structure. It was an accepted, and considered necessary, part of […]
  • SCA Jewelry
    One of the many special things about the SCA is that we get to be nostalgic. Which is not something you always get to do with re-enactment. And what I mean by nostalgic is that we can display those symbols associated with awards that have been bestowed upon us in a […]

Upcoming Events & Classes

All That Bling: Introduction To Roman Jewelry

On Monday, August 3rd I held an introduction to Roman jewelry class covering the 1st century BCE to the 2nd century CE class. It was part if the first Knowne World Courtesans Virtual Courtesan College and the answers from the class questions can be found here. I will be updating the class for SUN (Stellar University of Northshield).

Stellar University of Northshield (SUN) 2020

This year’s Stellar University of Northshield (SUN) will be held online November 13th – 15th. I will be teaching my All That Bling: Introduction to Roman Jewelry, and there appears to be enough Roman themed classes for a track. Here is the schedule. The handout of the revamped class will be available here after the class.


Recreating Roman Jewelry

A collection of jewelry recreated from the Early Roman Empire.

Current Research Projects

Body Chains In The Ancient World  

The Cult of Isis & The Meretrix 

Sex As Slander: The Vilification of Powerful Roman Women 

Dressing The Female Roman Persona

Gender in Ancient Rome