Roman Empire

There were hundreds of Africans in Tudor England – and none of them slaves: Black Tudors, Miranda Kaufmann, review

A couple of months ago, the eminent classicist Mary Beard was at the heart of a thunderous Twitterstorm. The BBC had made a cartoon film about Roman Britain for schoolchildren, featuring a family which their publicity blurb described, at one point, as typical; and the head of the family, a senior …

History

Religion is always political, but it can never be partisan: What’s Jesus telling us today?

Jesus’ interlocutors were not asking a sincere question, but his answer aids us who are sincerely discerning today.<p><i>“Then repay to Caesar what belongs</i> …

Faith

10 of the best attractions in Emilia-Romagna: readers’ travel tips

Fast cars, slow food, hilltop castles and open-air art galleries … Our readers pick their highlights of Emilia-Romagna – classic Italy without the crowds<p>Winning tip: open-air gallery, Dozza<p>On a hilltop between Bologna and Imola is Dozza, a handsome village of classic medieval appearance, with an …

Europe

Rome, one of my Favorite Capitals in the World

Rome is often heralded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Every year, millions of tourists flock to Rome to gaze at the preserved …

Rome

*The Fate of Rome*

That is the new and very important book by Kyle Harper, with the subtitle <i>Climate, Disease, & the End of an Empire</i>. I am just reading through this …

Economics

Carrer del Sol N°3 / Kresings Architektur

<i>From the architect.</i> Pollença is a northern town of Mallorca that is well known for its lively Sunday market. Other well-known attractions include the …

Architecture

Top tiers of Rome's Colosseum to open to public

The view from the fourth and fifth tiers have not been seen for four decades

Rome

Swedish Ambassador Admits, We’re “In The Process Of Dismantling Democracy”

‘Holy Roman Empire’ painting from 1510 COGwriter Notice the following: Swedish Ambassador Admits, We’re “In The Process Of Dismantling Democracy” …

Ancient Rome

Ancient Egypt’s rulers mishandled climate disasters. Then the people revolted.

The leaders of ancient Egypt knew a thing or two about natural disasters.<p>Handle a famine or drought badly as pharaoh, and you could have empire-wide revolt on your hands.<p>A new study shows how big a role climate change and natural disasters likely played in sparking such political uprisings. And it …

Climate Change

Archaeologists Find Ancient Roman Ruins Underneath Holy Site In Jerusalem

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman theater buried at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, as well as new underground sections of the wall …

Archaeology

Was the fall of Rome a biological phenomenon?

Bill Gates is worried. The tech entrepreneur and philanthropist has been using his megaphone to warn us of the catastrophic risk posed by infectious diseases. In the Western world, where mortality from lethal germs has mostly receded into the background, the burden of infectious disease can seem …

Imperialism

Book it: four of Britain's best spa hotels for wellness, fitness and total relaxation

Whether you’re ready to relax or raring to get fit, we’ve found a spa right here in the UK with your name on it.<p>Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, West Sussex<p>Best for… luxe fitness<p><b>The low-down:</b> Beach burn workouts and parkland circuit training, 30-acre Bailiffscourt's two-night Surf and Turf retreat is …

Hotels

Battle of Telamon

Ever since the 4th century BCE, the Gallic tribes of northern Italy clashed with the expanding Roman Republic. In 225 BCE, the Boii forged alliances …

Ancient History

The Rock Solid History of Concrete

How limestone, rocks, and volcanic ash built the modern world.<p>The story of concrete is so ancient that we don't even know when and where it begins. It is a story of discovery, experimentation, and mystery. Emperors and kings became legends for erecting great concrete structures, some of which are …

Construction

Mapping the reality of the world

How early maps and our own mental maps can shape the design of our physical and digital worlds.<p>We use cartography to guide us daily. We see maps …

Maps

Sir Isaac Newton predicted when the end of the world will come and we don’t have long left

The godfather of physics wrote, in his findings from 1704, the world is set to end on 2060 – exactly 1,260 years after the foundation of the Holy …

Ancient Rome

Craig Williams speaks on the power of love

Trinity University’s second Lennox Seminar lecture took place Monday, Oct. 2, in the Fiesta Room from Craig Williams, professor of classics at the …

Imperialism

Numantia set for release this month

Fancy replaying the war between the Roman Empire and the Celtiberians of Numantia in 154 BC? If the answer to that is yes then you will be pleased to …

Imperialism

Travel in France: Discover Franche-Comté, The Land of Plenty

With two mountain ranges, abundant rivers and a clutch of heritage towns, Franche-Comté has oodles to offer the holidaymaker, and yet many …

France

Lauacrum: just another word for baths? How the terminology of baths may have reflected changes in bathing habits

The word lauacrum has been interpreted in various ways, but has never been the subject of a thorough research.

Medieval

Were Pagan Temples All Smashed Or Just Converted Into Christian Ones?

How and why were pagan temples converted into Christian churches in the later Roman empire? New research focused on the city of Rome suggests a more peaceful transition from paganism to Christianity, rather than the clash, bash and “fall” championed for hundreds of years.<p>In a new article in the</i> …

Rome

Saharan and trans-Saharan contacts and trade in the Roman era

The following post offers a brief discussion of Saharan and trans-Saharan contacts in the Roman era along with a distribution map of Roman finds made …

Archaeology

4,500-year-old Bronze Age settlement flattened by Hamas bulldozers

Palestinian and French archaeologists began excavating Gaza's earliest archaeological site nearly 20 years ago.<p>They unearthed what they believe is a …

Archaeology

History quiz – popes and priests

<i>How will you fare in this week's history quiz?</i><p><i>Questions written by Eugene Byrne, author and journalist.</i><p><i>To try your hand at other quizzes, click</i> …

History

“Learn Some F*cking History”

Classics isn’t the only discipline struggling with how to respond to white supremacist appropriation of its field of study. The same conflicts are …

Racism

How to feed an invading army thousands of miles from home

Conquering Romans relied on resources from near and far to sustain their forces against the native tribes in Wales, according to new research by …

Archaeology

Thermae Maiores

Legions of Roman soldiers bathed in this ancient spa complex under a Budapest transit station.<p>If you venture a short trip from the glitz of central …

Culture

Jacob Zuma’s personal colonisation funded by western actors

Here, stunned by the corruption corroding almost every institution, one senses that many former anti-apartheid rebels, now feel like “superfluous …

Business (South Africa)

Bronze Arm Found in Famous Shipwreck Points to More Treasure Below

A bronze statue’s orphaned arm. A corroded disc adorned with a bull. Preserved wooden planks. These are among the latest treasures that date back to the dawn of the Roman Empire, discovered amid the ruins of the Antikythera shipwreck, a sunken bounty off the coast of a tiny island in Greece.<p>Marine …

Archaeology

Rome's Colosseum Is Reopening Its Upper Tiers to Visitors

For the first time in 40 years, the Associated Press reports that the upper levels of Rome's famed Colosseum will be open again to the public next …

Rome