Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Ninth Roman Legion: Myths, Truths and Propaganda

First, let’s take the legend of the disappearance in Caledonia. It is highly unlikely that such a crack unit of the Roman Army as...

Elite Gladiators – Rock Stars of Ancient Rome

Roman gladiators can be classified in various ways. One such way is by considering their star power. The gladiators with the biggest draw were considered...

Constantine I and the Christianization of Rome

How did Constantine set in motion the Christianization of an Empire whose very foundation was built on the respect and worship of its pagan...

Thugga – Ancient Multicultural Town?

The mausoleum of Ateban in Thugga, fifty miles to the south-west of Carthage in what was Numidia, stands an impressive 69 ft/21 metres high. Built...

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...

Famous Roman Gladiators

But, not all notorious gladiators won fame for their prowess in the bloody competition that entertained the Roman masses. Several of the best known...

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...

Claudius: From Court Fool to Emperor of Rome

Ridiculed and ignored by the imperial family because of poor health and deficiency of social skills, Claudius rose to be an exemplary ruler. Under Tiberius...

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...

Nero – The Useless, Neglectful and Cruel Emperor of Rome

His horrible reputation is well deserved for as ruler Nero was incompetent, careless, rancorous, violent and sadistic. As a human being, he was very...