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Was this the defining moment in Western art?

Ahead of Defining Beauty, a new exhibition of Greek sculpture at the British Museum, Alastair Sooke explains how the Ancient Greeks changed the course of art history<p>Summer, 1972: a holidaymaker from Rome is snorkelling off the coast of southern Italy. Idly scanning the seabed, he suddenly spots a …

Ancient History

Binchester Roman Fort: Last chance to get involved in excavating the 'Pompei of the North' this year

Volunteers will be able to get involved in uncovering more of the ‘Pompeii of the North’ for the last time this year.<p>Durham County Council is leading …

Leptis Magna: war-torn Libya's forgotten ancient Roman city

As Libya's war keeps foreign visitors away, the Roman Empire's magnificent capital in Africa lies forgotten, with weeds growing among the cracks of the cobbled stones<p>For over 900 years Leptis Magna – once the pride of the Roman Empire in <b>Africa</b> – lay hidden, forgotten by man, beneath <b>Libya</b>’s sand …

Trajan's Column - Reading an Ancient Comic Strip

The victory of the Roman emperor Trajan over the Dacians in back-to-back wars is carved in numerous scenes that spiral around a 126-foot marble pillar in Rome known as Trajan’s Column. It’s a tale that reads like an ancient comic strip.

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A handbook to shopping in ancient Rome

If you fancied some serious retail therapy in the ancient world then, as Claire Holleran reveals, the streets of Rome were the place to be...<p><i>This</i> …

Ancient History

"Toilet Papyrus": A Papyrus of Homer Used as Toilet Paper

P.Oxy. 67.4633<b>P.Oxy. 67.4633</b> was once a beautiful scroll containing <i>scholia</i> (a kind of ancient commentary) to Homer's <i>Iliad</i> (see image at left). This …

Ancient History

Trajan's Amazing Column

A War Diary Soars Over Rome<p>The story of Emperor Trajan’s victory over a mighty barbarian empire isn’t just one for the books. It’s also told in 155 scenes carved in a spiral frieze on a monumental column.<p>Story by Andrew Curry<br>Photographs by Kenneth Garrett<p>In back-to-back wars fought between A.D. 101 …