Roman Empire

The Worst Dining Habits of All Time

These offenses aren't just distasteful — they're downright appalling.<p>Since the beginning of mankind — or at least since the Roman Empire — humans have gathered to eat food in a communal fashion. One would think, after thousands of years, certain criteria for dining in a group would be "set in …

Etiquette

The History of Showers

The history of showers<p>Today, 86% of Uk households have atleast one shower. Most of us shower daily and think nothing of it. But how did we get where …

Cool Stuff

The Fate of Rome

<b>A sweeping new history of how climate change and disease helped bring down the Roman Empire</b><p>Here is the monumental retelling of one of the most …

Rome

Archaeologists Uncover Sicilian Villa From Ancient Roman Empire

Archaeologists have uncovered new pieces of an ancient Roman villa as well as artifacts that are telling them more about both this particular site …

Archaeology

Ranked: 6 Armies That Dominated History

<b>By Zachary Keck and Akhilesh Pillalamarri</b><p>In an anarchical system like international relations, military power is the ultimate form of currency. A …

War

Where’s my magical truth detector? I’m sure it’s somewhere in my lab.

Last week, Mary Beard was getting sneered at because she agreed that the Roman Empire was ethnically diverse, and that — gasp, shock horror — there …

Imperialism

Silver in coins tracks Rome’s rise to power

A study of Roman coins has discovered a significant shift in the source of the silver in the early 3rd century B.C. from Greece and its former …

World History

Analysis finds defeat of Hannibal 'written in the coins of the Roman Empire' - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

Analysis of ancient Roman coins has shown that the defeat of the Carthaginian general Hannibal led to a flood of wealth across the Roman Empire from …

Imperialism

In India, the British empire saw a future for the Greco-Roman civilisation

The politician and historian Thomas Babington Macaulay imagined, in 1840, the fall of a great empire. He conjured a future “when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St Paul’s.”<p>This was a nod …

News

Black people have had a presence in our history for centuries. Get over it

Africans have lived in Britain since the Roman empire. When a leading historian confirmed this, she was vilified<p>It has been ugly. Two weeks of full-on, culture-wars inspired, anti-intellectualism; a fortnight of alternative-facts, dog-whistle racism and shameless misogyny. Yet this – one of the …

Opinion

Richardson: Rebirth of the Turkish Caliphate — and why it matters

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan making the Rabia gesture to show solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood (2013) COGwriter Joel Richardson wrote the following: …

Theology

How Mumbai bookseller forced off streets runs business from Chembur home

Mohammed Afzal Anzari at his Chembur home. Pic/Sneha Kharabe<br>Mohammed Afzal Ansari is practically a bloodhound among booksellers, knowing where to …

Books

You Asked: How Often Should I Shower?

Some people don't feel clean without a long hot shower. But is a daily shower necessary—or even healthy?<p>“I think showering is mostly for aesthetic …

Skin Care

Comment: It’s time to fix Hadrian’s 'Palestinian' mistake

Christians must help correct historic Syria Palaestina travesty.<p>Two decades ago, on the 900th anniversary of the Crusades, a Christian movement in …

World News

Archaeologists Confirm Viking Fortress

AARHUS, DENMARK—Archaeologists in Denmark have used advanced remote-sensing technology to confirm the existence of a tenth-century Viking ring …

Archaeology

This Classics Professor Will Make You Rethink your Game of Thrones Fan Theories

Read six theories on how the story could unfold based on the show's references to the ancient world.

Game of Thrones

The unanswered questions surrounding the Perth Children's Hospital

Parents of sick children appear no closer to finding out when the gleaming new Perth Children's Hospital will open, while WA taxpayers remain in the …

Health Care

Beyond the Wall by Tanya Landman review – brutality and hope in Roman Britain

Chases and cliffhangers abound in an excellent YA novel about a 14-year-old slave girl escaping sexual exploitation<p>What was it like to be a slave in the Roman empire? Pretty grim, according to Tanya Landman’s excellent YA novel set in fourth-century Roman Britain. Well, of course, you might say – …

Books

Mary Beard is right, Roman Britain was multi-ethnic – so why does this upset people so much?

Nil nimium studeo, Caesar, tibi velle placere,<br>nec scire utrum sis albus an ater homo.<p>I’m not overly anxious, Caesar, to please you,<br>Or to know whether …

Imperialism

Mitchell Cohen: The Politics of Opera

The Politics of Opera takes readers on a fascinating journey into the entwined development of opera and politics, from the Renaissance through the …

Orchestras

If Mary Beard is right, what's happened to the DNA of Africans from Roman Britain?

There are many reasons why a genetic legacy might not be seen in contemporary populations – Mary Beard was right to defend the BBC’s cartoon<p>If you have been on social media at all for the last couple of weeks, you are likely aware of what may be one of the silliest controversies ever: whether a …

Anthropology

Top 10 Challenging Religious Practices From Across The Globe

For most people, religious practices are special activities that happen on the weekend or during the holidays. However, religious rituals have also …

Ancient History

Why Do We Call White House Happenings “Palace Intrigue”? The Intriguing Explanation.

On his first day, Anthony Scaramucci promised less “palace intrigue,” because “We all genuinely like each other.” That didn’t happen.Getty Images On …

Anthony Scaramucci

Mary Beard takes on Twitter, the vanishing Richard Burgon and my sympathy for the baby boomers

The classicist stays polite while being assailed by people with PhDs from the University of Extreme Self-Regard.<p>You know those bracelets people get …

Caster Semenya

Aspire to Inspire 205: HXV

<b>(Original Photo By: Tunde of Fresh I Am)</b>There are millions of Americans and people worldwide who suffer from depression. There are even more people …

Electronic Music

Are 24-hour holidays the future of travel?

I’m writing this on the train on the way back from a short break in Paris. It was an exceptionally enjoyable visit, planned to anticipate a major exhibition of paintings by Modigliani, which is coming to Tate Modern in November. The Italian artist moved to Paris in 1906, and mixing with the likes …

Europe

Beyond Happily Ever After: Divorce Should Be an Option in Fantasy Fiction

When divorce appears at all in fiction, it usually gets a bad rap. It breaks up families, causes tense arguments between couples, or traumatizes …

Divorce

A Cartoon's Black Star Prompts A Fight: What Did Roman Britain Look Like?

In a brief BBC cartoon posted to YouTube late last December, a high-ranking Roman soldier and his family tackle the challenges of daily life in ancient Britain. The dad is off helping build the famed Hadrian's wall at the province's far northern edge; the son tries to make right for losing his …

World News

Mary Beard abused on Twitter over Roman Britain's ethnic diversity

Classicist says her assertion that there was at least some diversity under Roman rule led to ‘torrent of aggressive insults’<p>Mary Beard has said she faced a “torrent of aggressive insults” on social media after posting messages asserting the ethnic diversity of Roman Britain.<p>The historian had been …

Imperialism