Saturday, August 15, 2020

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...

Independent Women of Pompeii

Mt. Vesuvius buried Pompeii, and a chronicle of Roman life frozen in time. Excavations have unearthed a wealth of information on the life of...

Romans And Barbarians – Part 3

Sometimes the freedom enjoyed by the hitherto un-Romanized Britons was valued more highly than the supposed benefits of civilization, especially if that civilization was...

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...

The Cult of Isis in Imperial Roman Times

The Cult of Isis, long identified with Egypt, spread through the Mediterranean first through Greek Hellenization and later through the patronage of Roman emperors. She...

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...

Octavia, Wife of Nero: Seneca’s Tragedy – Roman Empress Octavia’s Marriage, Exile and Death...

Octavia was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Claudius and his wife Messalina. Her mother was executed in their childhood for committing adultery, and...

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...

The Roman Shipwrecks of Ventotene, Italy

The coast of Ventotene in Roman times was part of an important trade route. It was also notoriously dangerous to ships. In 2008, archaeologists...

Curious Kinds of Roman Gladiators

These particular fighters with very specific functions can be sorted in six groups: 1. Andabatae They were Noxxi (see below), who fought each other wearing helmets...