Ancient History

Rome's modern-day centurions and legionaries return to Colosseum after ban is quashed

Their plastic swords and daggers might not stand up to real combat, but Rome’s modern-day centurions and legionaries are celebrating after winning a red tape battle with the city council.<p>Five months ago the administration, led by Virginia Raggi, the mayor, banned the latter-day Roman soldiers from …

Ancient Rome

The olive oil the Romans loved

The oil produced from olive trees in Spain’s Castellón Province was once consumed by Roman soldiers.<p>In Castellón Province, Spain, you’ll see evidence of Roman life everywhere.<p>Stretches of the ancient Vía Augusta, which was the longest thoroughfare through the Iberian Peninsula during Roman rule, …

Ancient Rome

What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue

"Marcus Gavius Apicius purchased me on a day hot enough to fry sausage on the market stones."<p>So begins the tale of Thrasius, the fictional narrator of <i>Feast of Sorrow</i>. Released this week, the novel is based on the real life of ancient Roman noble Marcus Gavius Apicius, who is thought to have …

Ancient Rome

Podcast #299: How to Be Manly According the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Ancient Greece and Rome have a heavy influence on the idea of manhood we promote on the Art of Manliness. In fact, this classical conception of …

Ancient Rome

Beowulf

<i>Beowulf</i> is an epic poem composed in Old English consisting of 3,182 lines. It is written in the alliterative verse style, which is common for Old …

History

The true meaning of the hipster beard, according to an evolutionary biologist

As a clean-shaven man, I’ve looked with astonishment at the renaissance of beards in the 21st century. Hirsute hipsters dominate the young and trendy enclaves of London, New York, and Sydney, while many of my own friends and neighbors seem to be taking their grooming cues from <i>Vikings</i>.<p>And yet, as an …

Ancient Rome

The island with £100 million hidden

According to legend, pirate treasure reportedly worth £100 million is buried on an Indian Ocean island. This is the true story of two men’s life-long search.<p>According to legend, pirate treasure reportedly worth £100 million is buried on an Indian Ocean island.<p>Although the region is thought to be …

Archaeology

From dragons to unicorns: finding fantastic beasts in ancient history

Imagine two children, sent by their parents to catch fish in the Aegean Sea. It’s the sixth century BC. The younger child finds an opening to a huge, …

Paleontology

Osiris | Late Period–Ptolemaic Period | The Met

Osiris, foremost of the Egyptian funerary gods and ruler of the underworld, stands upright and wears an atef crown with a sun disk on top and ram …

History

Goldie ‎- Inner City Life (2017 Rebuild / Burial Remix)

If you had to sum up Burial's music in a song lyric, it's hard to think of any more fitting than "Inner city life / Inner city pressure." Sung by the …

Music

Israel uncovers ancient Roman history at Mediterranean port

Israeli archaeologists working on a major Roman-era port city on Wednesday unveiled new discoveries including an altar dedicated to Augustus Caesar …

Ancient Rome

Uncovering the African Presence in Medieval Europe

<i>This is Part XVII of The Public Medievalist’s continuing series on Race, Racism and the Middle Ages, by Adam Simmons.</i><p><b>You can find the rest of our</b> …

World History

Information Overload Is Nothing New

<i>“My son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh” —</i> Ecclesiastes 12:12<p>Information overload is …

Information Overload

The Negative Confession

The Negative Confession (also known as The Declaration of Innocence) is a list of 42 sins which the soul of the deceased can honestly say it has …

History

Column Opinion

Three sorts of columns, different in form, have received the appellations of Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, of which the first is of the greatest …

History

Iraqi paramilitary take back ancient city of Hatra from IS | Reuters

BAGHDAD Iraqi paramilitary units dislodged Islamic State from Hatra on Wednesday, driving the militants from an ancient city they damaged during …

Iraq

How The Roman Empire Structured Military

The Roman Empire had one of the best militaries of ancient times. It steamrolled over the Carthaginians, Greeks, Egyptians, Gauls, more than held …

Ancient Rome

Death in Ancient Egypt

To the ancient Egyptians, death was not the end of life but only a transition to another plane of reality. Once the soul had successfully passed …

Ancient Egypt

Throughout history, queens were more likely to wage war than kings

During a meeting of her war council in June 1482, as she plotted the siege of a town in Granada, Queen Isabella went into labor. After a brutal 36 hours, only one of the twins she bore lived, and, days later, her troops returned bloodied and defeated. But the 31-year-old queen proved as tenacious …

World History

How did the Romans communicate with the many cultures they conquered?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts<p>How did the Romans communicate with the many and various cultures they occupied?<p><i>Stuart Hammal, Portsmouth</i><p>• Post your answers – and new questions …

Ancient Rome

Whitewashing Ancient Statues: Whiteness, Racism And Color In The Ancient World

Although we often romanticize the bare marble of ancient sculpture today, most of these specimens were in fact painted in bright shades of blue, red, yellow, brown and many other hues. Over the past few decades, scientists have worked diligently to study the often-minute traces of paint, inlay and …

Ancient Rome

Did A Comet Impact Push Humans Into Technological Overdrive?

About 14,500 years ago, Earth began transitioning from its cold, glacial self to a warmer interglacial state. However, partway through this period, …

History

Locals stumble across ancient Mayan god monument while clearing debris in Mexico

The artefact dates back to 600-900 AD.<p>Locals accidentally uncovered an ancient Mayan artefact while clearing debris on privately-owned land in the …

Mexico

STUNNING: How The Infamous Arch Of Titus Looked In Roman Heyday

Archaeologists and historians have produced a rendering of what the anti-Jewish Arch of Titus in Rome looked like in original color.

Ancient Rome

The Paulicians of Pergamos

<i>Ancient Pergamos</i><p>Who were the Paulicians? Were they part of the Church of God? Do you know much about them?<p>History shows that God had people during …

Theology

What came first, the egg or the egg? Campbell River farmer uncovers henhouse mystery

'We cracked the big egg ... and a whole new egg came out!'<p>The good news is the hen survived.<p>The better news is that the mystery surrounding the …

Brunch

Cleveland Museum of Art will Return Stolen Roman Sculpture to Italy

In 2012, the Cleveland Museum of Art announced that it had made a “stellar” acquisition: a monumental portrait head of Drusus Minor, the volatile son …

Ancient Rome

The elephant god Ganesha

3D Image<p>by Geoffrey Marchal<br>published on 26 April 2017<p>The elephant god Ganesha, Like the dancing Shiva and goddess Parvati Ganesha was found in the …

History

Tour These Ancient Ruins in America You Never Knew Existed

Discover historic sites from ancient civilizations across the country<p>When you think of ancient ruins, your thoughts might wander to the Colosseum in Rome, the Egyptian pyramids of Giza, or the Great Wall of China. After all, these architectural masterpieces were erected in destinations that were …

History

Apophis

Apophis (also known as Apep) is the Great Serpent, enemy of the sun god Ra, in ancient Egyptian religion. The sun was Ra's great barge which sailed …

History