A relief at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis (now in modern Iran), including inscriptions in cuneiform, the world’s oldest form of writing.
Cuneiform was used for over 3,000 years in the Ancient Near East, but was only decoded in the 19th century. The writing form is still revealing amazing stories, from literature to mathematics.
The martyrdom of the Maccabees by Antonio Ciseri.
The violent evolution of martyrdom.
No go zone.
Explore the hidden origins of one of China's most significant historic sites.
Tut-mania reigned in the 1920s – and keeps returning to haunt us.
An equestrian statue of a Julio-Claudian prince, originally identified as Caligula.
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The emperor Caligula lavished attention on his favourite horse Incitatus, holding parties for friends in the steed's grand stables. But did he make his horse a consul?
A Roman Feast by Roberto Bompiani (late 19th century).
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Roman decadence reached its peak with the vomitorium: a room where feasting elites threw up to make room for more food. Or so the story goes ...
Ostraka from classical Athens nominating the persons of Kallias and Megakles.
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For the first time in recent memory the possibility of imprisoning political rivals has entered the political discourse of a modern western election. But ostracism is an ancient democratic tradition that offers an alternative approach.
Being adopted by Julius Caesar didn’t do Augustus any harm.
One swashbuckling charioteer earned the equivalent of US$15 billion.
A thousand years of historical sources make it clear that migraine is more than just a headache.
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Films set in the ancient world can no longer adequately live up to the demands of the 'epic'. Instead, we should look to films set in space.
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi, where the wisdom of the oracle was dispensed.
Cicero asked: 'how to become famous?' Nero sought to know the timing of his death. The Oracle at Delphi offered pronouncements on all manner of topics - yet as with Google today, the question posed was as important as the answer.
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Space lasers developed in the 1970s are being put to a brand new use.
It's lunacy to believe you own the moon, so why is cultural heritage any different? The Parthenon sculptures at least belong together.
‘Alcibiades on his Knees Before his Mistress’ by Lagrenee.
A classics professor writes that Trump’s raucous campaign style is nothing new. He introduces us to a chariot-racing statesman from ancient Athens who may have given Trump a run for his money.
A three-dimensional volume rendering of the Tuli mummy.
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Modern techniques such as CT scanning and ancient DNA analysis have allowed scientists to discover a great deal about a mummy found in a shallow grave in Botswana.
Beards: powering tech startups since 813 AD.
Many "modern" inventions actually have precedents dating back over 1000 years.
Turns out the Egyptians weren't the only ones who mummified their dead.
Like many great challenges of the 21st century, the science identifying the problems with sugar seems clear. What's lacking is the will to address them.
Our past is under threat from "nighthawks" - illegal metal detectorists who go out at night to seek their fortune from protected ancient monuments. A Bristol archaeologist investigates.
Plants mentioned in ancient Chinese books helped inspire the latest Nobel Prize for Medicine winner, but testing old remedies isn't as simple as following the recipe.