- The Guardian - Lorenzo Tondo in Palermo
A giant cloud of ash and gases released by Vesuvius in 79 AD took about 15 minutes to kill the inhabitants of Pompeii, research suggests. The estimated 2,000 people who died in the ancient Roman city they...
- By Grunge
Of all the ancient civilizations, there's something particularly fascinating about ancient Greece. Maybe it's the fact that they had such an impact on the world today, helping shape everything from math and science to government and law. Or maybe it's the Greek myths. There's something awesome about a pantheon of gods and goddesses who are pretty much just normal, spiteful, occasionally terrible human beings, but with super powers. Whatever it is, ancient Greece is one of those times and places
- CNN - Silvia Marchetti
(CNN) — Imagine, if you will, the most glorious festive feast, with an oversize turkey, stuffing two ways, holiday ham, the requisite fixings and at least half a dozen pies and cakes. That may all sound...
- The Guardian - Angela Giuffrida
Archaeologists have unearthed two exceptionally well-preserved victims of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 The almost perfectly preserved remains of two men have been unearthed in an extraordinary discovery...
- By TheCollector
An important eyewitness account by Pliny the Younger (A.D. 61-113) offers us a glimpse of that fateful day in A.D. 79 when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried an entire town and most of its inhabitants. Pliny, whose uncle died in the disaster, vividly describes sheets of fire and enormous pumice stones raining down from the volcano as well as people running desperately towards the sea, terrified for their lives.
- The Guardian - Angela Giuffrida in Rome
Canadian woman sends back pilfered ceramics, blaming them for years of bad luck A tourist who pilfered fragments from the ancient city of Pompeii 15 years ago has returned the artefacts, claiming they...
- By TheCollector
The pharaohs of Egypt presided over a huge kingdom for thousands of years, taming vast stretches of wilderness, erecting monuments that have stood the test of time, and creating stories that have since become legends. But there are many, less famous, Egyptian inventions that have been passed down to us, many of which are still in use now. This article covers ten of these, exploring how they came about, what role they played in Egyptian society, and their legacy in today’s world.