Believed to possess magical qualities, amulets were once widely used. They range from amber pendants worn during Denmark's Mesolithic age to wind chimes found at Pompeii.
The Roman Stoic Seneca is the author of many letters and dialogues that can help us overcome adversity.
They might not really fly on broomsticks or cast spells, but the witches and wizards of books and films are based on real people.
New research suggests ancient climate change shaped the fate of western civilisation.
Coins have always conveyed a message and, helpfully for historians, they are anchored to a specific time and space. Rome's emperors used coins to push their political agendas.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the big G.
The plants a Roman chose could say a lot about the person they were.
The British prime minister is fond of a common form of political rhetoric especially loved by the Romans: the promise of a 'new age'.
Grecian love is often idealised as an respectable model for queer love. However, there's more pleasure and reality to be found in ancient Rome's dirtier version
President Trump's impeachment defense that the will of the president is no different from the will of the state and the good of the people has echoes in the decline of ancient Rome's democracy.
An ad alluding to the vulva is sparking controversy, but there are few objections to phallic symbols. What explains this difference in treatment?
When the founders wrote the Constitution, they had to devise a punishment fitting for a civil servant's impeachment. One possible punishment: banishment from the community.
The Roman senate declined from a long-held position of authority under the Roman Republic to become almost wholly reliant on the whims of a given emperor, writes a classics scholar.
Writing has only been a part of the human story for the last 5,000 years. In comparison, humans began to communicate using speech some 50,000 years ago.
Ancient Rome and its empire had the concept of asylum at its heart. Its legacy provided inspiration for centres of power around the world, but today outsiders are no longer welcome.
December is named for the Roman word for "tenth". So, why is it the twelfth month?
Tacitus' Annals is a powerful and darkly humorous examination of imperial Rome. Though his work was little read in the Roman world, it has influenced great thinkers such as Hobbes and Montesquieu.
As Congress and President Trump struggle to devise a coherent immigration policy along the US southern border, there are lessons from ancient history that could prove instructive.
Juvenal wrote 16 satires, divided into five books, each with their own target from decadent aristocrats to Egyptian cannibals.
Augustus's long line of high-profile admirers see him as a great statesman who brought peace to a Roman Republic long afflicted by civil wars. But how admirable was he, really?