Friday, October 30, 2020

Cupid and Psyche: A romance of mythical proportions

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, was widely considered the most beautiful woman in the world, mortal or divine. So, you'd think...

Commemorative Monuments and Sacred Places in the Roman Forum

Rome fancied celebrating its military conquests and victories. Victorious generals and legions would parade through the streets of Rome after an important battle, often...

The Ancient Roman Diet: Typical Food and Ingredients Used in Roman Cookery

Judging by the evidence of recipes and carbonised shopping lists from Pompeii, the average Roman family’s diet would have been simple and nutritious. Some...

The End of Pompeii: The Death and Eventual Resurrection of an Ancient Roman City

On August 24, 79 A.D., a small town in the Roman province of Campania, on the western shore of Italy, was stopped dead in...

Who was Coriolanus in ancient Rome?

Gnaeus Martius Coriolanus was a legendary Roman figure of the Fifth Century BC. Our knowledge of Gnaeus Martius stems from the histories of Rome...

Romans And Barbarians – Part 2

Roman literature contains many instances of barbarians being led by their emotions and not considering the consequences of their action. This is presented as...

Roman North Africa And Cultural Interaction

Many cultures interacted in the Roman province of Africa, centred upon the region known as Africa Proconsularis (i.e. modern Tunisia and northern Libya) Prior to...

Top Ancient Roman Ruins in Rome

Rome, the ‘Eternal City’, continues to amaze after more than two millenia at the centre stage of world culture and civilisation. A large part...

Pliny, Tacitus, Josephus and Jesus: Why These Writers Don’t Prove Jesus Existed

Christian scholars will point to passages that occur in the writings of Tacitus, Pliny and Josephus to prove that Jesus existed. This requires a...

Rome’s Third Servile War: One of the First Great Battles Against Slavery

While many students of American history are probably familiar with the story of John Brown and his attempt to gain support for a slave...