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Archaeology

The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism

American citizens concerned about our military policy abroad might find an interesting mirror in ancient Rome. The Romans wanted to make sure that they were fighting wars that were not driven by greed for gain, but were just. In fact they managed to make such claims for every single war of …

Order up! Roman shipwreck may hold clay jars of 2,000-year-old food

A police diver investigates clay amphorae from an ancient Roman shipwreck.<p>For fans of Italian cuisine, the news of a well-preserved ancient Roman shipwreck — whose cargo of food might still be intact — will surely whet their appetites.<p>The ship is believed to be about 2,000 years old and is buried …

Archaeology

Rufus Wainwright to compose opera about Roman emperor Hadrian

Singer is working with playwright Daniel MacIvor to create his second opera, inspired by the 1951 novel Memoirs of Hadrian<p>• In pictures: Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna in Manchester • Prima Donna – review<p>Rufus Wainwright is composing an opera based on the life of Emperor Hadrian. Working with …

Roman Catacombs Reopened Triggering Debate on Ancient Women Priests [PHOTOS]

As the Vatican reopened the Catacombs of Priscilla after years of restoration, the frescoes in the second century catacombs featuring images of women …

Roman settlement unearthed in Essex

12/16/2013 05:00:00 PM<p>Two first century pots, believed to have been “deliberately damaged” as part of an ancient ritual, have been found alongside …

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world’s most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint – but researchers recently unearthed …

Roman aqueduct volunteers tap into history beneath their feet

ROME — In a verdant valley east of Rome, Fabrizio Baldi admires a forgotten stretch of a two-tier Roman aqueduct, a stunning example of the emperor Hadrian's 2nd century drive to divert water from rural springs to his ever-thirstier capital.<p>But Baldi, 36, is less interested in the graceful arches …

Ancient Roman Sundial's Secrets Revealed In Computer Simulations

Using NASA data and new computer simulations, researchers say they've discovered how the sun would have lined up with an Egyptian obelisk and the famed Ara Pacis in ancient Rome.<p>The Ara Pacis, or "Altar of Peace," was dedicated in the year 9 B.C. to honor the Pax Romana, an era of relative peace …

Futuo! How the Romans Swore

A new book details obscenity's amazingly intricate history -- and how it influences us today.<p>You do it. I sure as hell do it. News anchors accidentally do it -- sometimes on their first day of work. The Russians did it so much they recently banned it.<p>Cursing is perhaps the only vice that's as …

World's Oldest Roman Temple Believed Uncovered In Italy (PHOTOS)

It may only have been visible for a few days, but archaeologists have announced the discovery of what may be the oldest Roman temple ever found.<p>Located on the grounds of the Sant'Omobono church in central Rome, the ancient temple, which dates back to the early sixth century B.C., is believed to …

The Bloody History Of Saint Valentine: The Martyred Roman Priest Who Officiated Marriages

The real history of Valentine's Day is not comprised of roses, chocolates and pretty cards. Instead, crime, imprisonment and execution are at the genesis of our modern day love fest, dating back to the man whose martyrdom may have inspired the holiday. There were reportedly three early Christian …

The Wisdom of the Myths by Luc Ferry – review

Are you a Cassandra or a Gorgon? What Greek myths can teach us about life, death and shopping<p>Even today, 2,000 years after Christianity tried to consign them to the waste bin labelled "wicked pagan fictions", the myths of the ancient Greeks live and breathe.<p>Perhaps you have had a difficult day at …

Football and Ancient Greek Tragedy

In many ways, football functions similarly to ancient Greek tragedy. Such a claim may sound fanciful at first, but upon closer reflection, it helps explain the wild popularity and wider societal significance of football today.<p>Consider the following:<p>It is a meme that women were not allowed to …

Elektra – review

Royal Opera House, London Charles Edwards's changes to his staging don't always work, but you have to hear Christine Goerke's shattering performance<p>You might find yourself with mixed feelings about the Royal Opera's latest revival of Elektra. Immensely powerful, if at times flawed, it marks the …

Herodotus: the first non-fiction

Herodotus's Histories dealt with the clash of civilisations – east v west. Yet the father of history is not only hugely entertaining but has an amazing capacity to renew himself<p>Herodotus is the most entertaining of historians. Indeed, he is as entertaining as anyone who has ever written, historian …

Turns Out The Ancient Greeks Were Quite The Grill Masters

Mycenaean civilization, the forerunner to classical Greece and the backdrop for the <i>Illiad</i> and the <i>Odyssey</i>, is best known for its lavish palaces and treasure-filled tombs.<p>But thanks to one enterprising researcher, we've learned that the Mycenaeans also knew how to throw a pretty mean barbeque.<p>For a …

Ancient Rome Infanticide Practices Did Not Favor Boys After All, DNA Study Suggests

A new look at a cache of baby bones discovered in Britain is altering assumptions about why ancient Romans committed infanticide.<p>Infant girls were apparently not killed more often than baby boys, researchers report in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.<p>"Very often, societies …