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Latin should be taught in every state primary school, says leading academic

Latin and Classics should be taught in every primary school and not limited to the middle and upper classes, a leading academic has said.<p>Professor …

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Roman skeleton with 'bent feet' found at Dorset quarry

<b>The skeleton of a Roman man who had his feet bent backwards to fit in his coffin has been found in a quarry in Dorset.</b><p>Archaeologists made the discovery at Woodsford, near Dorchester, where they have been carrying out excavations for several years.<p>Thames Valley Archaeological Services said the man …

How important is the health of a ruler?

The classical age was rife with plague and disease. After all, the ancient world very often chalked up illnesses to the whims of capricious gods; and …

Cheshire treasure hunter finds rare Roman pendant

<b>An amateur treasure hunter has found a rare 2,000-year-old Roman pendant in a field in a Cheshire village.</b><p>Luke Sansom was searching with a metal detector in Farndon, near Chester, when he stumbled across the silver piece.<p>Made with carnelian gemstone, it features a fallen soldier or gladiator …

The Romans got it right on immigration

No matter where you came from, as long as you adopted the Roman way, you could go right to the top<p>As the UK prepares for Brexit into the big wide world outside, it has been pointed out that the Foreign Office is sadly lacking in people with hard experience of that world, and even more lacking in …

Sacred Mysteries: Superstitious Romans in fear of weasels

A plague of prodigies was noted in the year 200 BC: flames in the sky, a colt with five feet, a baby of uncertain sex and a 16-year-old found to be of indeterminate sex. “These hermaphrodites,” wrote the historian Livy inhospitably, “abominated beyond all others, were ordered to be taken out to …

The History of the Birthday And The Roman Calendar

One of the most famous inscriptions from Roman antiquity is from Vindolanda, a fort along Hadrian’s Wall in northern Britain. This is the so-called “birthday letter” of Claudia Severa, who was writing to her friend Sulpicia Lepidina around 100 CE. On a small wooden tablet, Severa dictated to a …

Cache of Silver Denarii Uncovered in Spain

BARCELONA, SPAIN—Two hundred silver denarii dating to the first century B.C. were discovered at the site of Empúries, a town founded by Greek …

Restored Pompeii kitchens show how Romans cooked

8/03/2016 09:00:00 PM<p>The ancient Roman kitchens of a Pompeii launderette have once again been kitted out with pots and pans as part of a new project …

Lost statue of Zeus at Olympia recreated through 3D printing

8/06/2016 08:00:00 PM<p>Modern technology has turned to the divine, recreating one of the Wonders of the Ancient World in the form of a 3D-printed …

Romans on the Bay of Naples

<b>Once we reach the spot</b>, you won’t believe your eyes,” says archaeologist Luciana Jacobelli of the University of Molise as she opens a small door to …

Roman ‘time capsule’ discovered in finding of ‘national importance’

ANDREW PRICESignificant discoveries have been made at Anglesey<p>Experts have been excavating a 1,500-year old cemetery on the site of the new Llangefni …

Disney on steroids: Why Galla Placidia is one Roman empress who needs an HBO series

Evil foster parents, traitorous children, and six years on the road with some Barbarians.<p>When it comes to the women of the Roman Empire, it’s usually …

Ovid’s Garden Party at Winterbourne House – Saturday 18th June

It’s been almost two years since work first began on Ovid’s Garden and I am thrilled to announce our opening event, ‘Ovid’s Garden Party’, will take …

The best guide to being an EU politician – from 1,900 years ago

Plutarch’s advice to Greek rulers suggests he would understand today’s politics to a T<p>Boris Johnson argues that the current European Union is yet another failed attempt to replicate the golden age of a Europe united under the Romans. But how golden was it? The Greek biographer Plutarch (<i>c.</i> AD 100) …

Roman lead pig unearthed on Somerset farm in 'find frenzy'

<b>An ingot of Roman lead weighing six stone (38kg) has been unearthed on a farm in Somerset.</b><p>Jason Baker discovered the "very rare" find - known as a pig - on an organised rally near Wells at the weekend.<p>The 2ft (60cm) ingot dates from 164 AD and is inscribed with the name of emperor Marcus Aurelius …

Grim reality of life in ancient Rome revealed: Average worker was DEAD by 30 – having become riddled with arthritis and crippled by broken bones

The average ancient Roman worker was riddled with arthritis, suffered broken bones and was dead by 30 thanks to a diet of rotting grains and a …

10 Things You Use Everyday, Thanks to the Ancient Greeks

You would think that in this day and age of techno-bliss that all of the really important inventions come from modern society. Not so. There are a …

Incredibly rare 2,300-year-old Ancient Greek gold crown worth £100,000 was kept for decades in a tatty box of old newspapers under bed by owner who had no idea what it was

An incredibly rare gold crown believed to be more than 2,000 years old has been discovered under a bed in a Somerset cottage.<p>The delicate Greek …

2,400 year-old mosaic found in southern Turkey says ‘be cheerful, enjoy your life’

A 2,400 year-old mosaic discovered during excavations in Turkey's southern Hatay province, showing a skeleton lying down with a jorum in his hand and …

The same volcano that obliterated Pompeii also gave its victims fantastic teeth

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. rained hot, ashy death down on the people of Pompeii, the small coastal town at the base of the …

Crossword blog: the return of Latin

Broadsheet crosswords were once for Top People only. Now there’s something for everyone – including those who want their answers in a dead language<p>The Times on Saturday has long offered some more demanding crosswording challenges: it has its 23x23-cell Jumbo, and since 1991 has hosted the …

Professor Mary Beard talks about her new history of ancient Rome book

Mary Beard’s informality has disarmed me since we first met at a party at her publisher’s office in Clerkenwell four years ago, when we ended up …