Daenerys Targaryen as portrayed by actress Emilia Clarke.
Although the universe of "Game of Thrones" evokes the medieval era, several key figures in the series are directly inspired by characters from Roman antiquity.
The world’s newest country?
With the launch of the Libra cryptocurrency, Mark Zuckerberg reveals his dreams of building a new virtual country, perhaps inspired by the Roman Empire.
The death of popular prince Germanicus painted by Nicolas Poussin in 1627.
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.
Following the recent revelations about sex abuse, many Christian communities are facing a crisis of trust.
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In the fourth century, Christian churches in North Africa faced a crisis of trust. A separate church of the Donatists emerged that lasted for centuries.
A person dressed as Santa Claus waves as part of the festivities, during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Behind today's mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today's gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story by itself.
What happens next?
Destruction from The Course of Empire by Thomas Cole, 1836, via Wikimedia.
Once Britain slipped away from the Roman Empire in the early 5th century, signs of Roman life began to disappear.
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New research has rubbished perceptions of Roman Britain as a region inhabited solely by white Europeans.
Kelly Reilly as the Briton warrior Kerra in Britannia.
The new TV show Britannia dramatises the second Roman invasion of Britain. It captures the core elements of the story (despite inaccuracies) but recent archaeological finds offer thrilling insights into this time.
Brothels in Pompeii were decorated with murals depicting erotic and exotic scenes: but the reality was far more brutal and mundane.
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Though their activities were depicted alluringly in murals, the sex workers of Pompeii were slaves who lived hard lives.
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At Ebbsfleet, in northeast Kent, archaeologists have finally uncovered the site where Julius Caesar's fleet landed in 54BC.
Giovanni Cavino, I primi dodici imperatori Romani (‘The first twelve Roman emperors’), plaquettes produced at Padua, c. 1550.
Suetonius’s unforgettable tales of sex, scandal, and debauchery have ensured that his writing has played a significant role in shaping our perceptions of imperial Rome.
A row about whether Roman Britain was ethnically diverse has turned nasty.
Excavating the eastern wall section of Halmyris in 2016.
Excavating the history of migration along the frontier of the Danube.
A worshipper receives Communion.
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The Catholic Church prohibits the use of gluten-free bread for Communion. The reasons lie in the challenges faced by the Catholic Church in the past.
The helmet of a heavily armed ‘secutor’, first century AD.
Rógvi N. Johansen, Department of photo and medie Moesgaard
Roman gladiators were unique and complex characters, and certainly not the sporting heroes they're depicted as in culture today.
When Britain went it alone.
Centuries ago Britain attempted to sever ties with the continent – and it ended in murder.
Getting it on?
Was a forged document responsible for the defeat of Mark Antony and the rise of Rome's first emperor?
Roman coins were discovered in Katsuren castle in Uruma, Okinawa, southwestern Japan.
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Is this evidence that Rome traded with Japan? Almost certainly not.
Dig into the details of the ancient Olympics and you find a lot of misinformation, but also a surprising amount in common with the modern games.
Donald Trump and Adam Smith.
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American democracy is in thrall to an aggressive demagogue – and Adam Smith and friends saw it coming more than 200 years ago.