The death of Caesar.
New research suggests ancient climate change shaped the fate of western civilisation.
US president, Donald Trump, brandishing a Bible outside St John’s Episcopal Church in Washington DC on June 1, 2020.
The history of early Christianity shows the power of the Bible used as a sign of resistance against repression at the hands of the Romans.
Through archaeological studies of architecture, excavated trade goods, and ecofacts we can trace globalisation back thousands of years.
Marc Antony, left, offers Julius Caesar a crown; Caesar refuses.
With much public discussion of President Donald Trump as, potentially, a king, a scholar of Roman history and rhetoric sees 2,000-year-old parallels.
The British prime minister is fond of a common form of political rhetoric especially loved by the Romans: the promise of a 'new age'.
The pagans paved the way for our modern festivities.
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.