Cicero’s public and private correspondence provides a detailed look at political life in Rome.
Although he privately disapproved of Caesar’s power, Cicero publicly supported him and Cicero also directly contributed to the end of the Roman Republic and the reign of Caesar’s nephew Augustus.
As they do today, threats of destruction loomed in ancient Pompeii.
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While they weren’t living through a pandemic, citizens of ancient Pompeii weren’t strangers to societal stress.
Ice with a slice of history.
The history of ice in drinks goes back to antiquity. But it only really got going when a Bostonian started exporting ice to the British in colonial India.
Outside their usual living environment, tourists feel freer from social constraints. Much to the chagrin of the locals.
Social networks tend to encourage behaviour considered deviant by local populations.
The nation that once took in the “huddled masses” has now shut its “golden door” on outsiders.
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.
In the very beginning of the Roman calendar (more than 2000 years ago), there were only 10 months in the year.
December is named for the Roman word for “tenth”. So, why is it the twelfth month?
Tapping into ancient knowledge can help us feel connected to our ancestors – but that doesn’t mean we should take their advice.
Zenobia addressing her troops.
Giambattista Tiepolo (National Gallery)
Anything is possible in the world of computers games – except women who fight, apparently.
Coins from the Hoxne Treasure,
Hoxne, England, late 4th – early 5th century CE.
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A major exhibition of treasures from ancient Rome presents a distinctly old-fashioned tale of the empire’s rise and expansion, which is out of step with contemporary scholarly thinking.
Man the lifeboats!
Miriam Doerr Martin Fromherz
The new coalition’s spending plans will ramp up Italy’s annual budget by over €100 billion a year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been described as a Byzantine Emperor in style, positioning Russia as the “third Rome.” In western history books, on the other hand, the Bzyantine Empire is all but ignored, pointing as it does to the east.
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Russian president Vladimir Putin draws upon the imperial symbols of the Byzantine Empire to position Russia as the “third Rome.” Meanwhile, Byzantium is erased by western history books.
It is commonly thought that anyone in ancient Rome who killed his father, mother, or another relative was subjected to the ‘punishment of the sack’. But is this true?
From being thrown off a cliff to being sewn into a sack with animals, ancient Rome is notorious for its cruel and unusual punishments. But we must be careful what we take as historical fact.
Meet Jakob Fugger, the man who underwrote the ambition of power-hungry medieval Princes.
Art and Seek Workshop participants examining locks of Keats’s hair and the painting P.B. Shelley in the Baths of Caracalla by Joseph Severn.
A. Frances Johnson
Was John Keats a refugee in his day? A workshop for refugees, migrants and artists took place recently at Keats-Shelley House and the story of the great Romantic poet’s life and death hit a nerve.
A protest in Rome on August 26 after violent evictions from Piazza Indipendenza.
Police used water cannons and tear gas to remove a group of migrants and refugees from a square in Rome in August.
The Peutinger Table. Reproduction by Conradi Millieri - Ulrich Harsch Bibliotheca Augustana.
Today the phrase ‘all roads leads to Rome’ means that there’s more than one way to reach the same goal. But in Ancient Rome, all roads really did lead to the eternal city, which was at the centre of a vast road network.
Is there a new migrant emergency in Rome?
Gregg Henry portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Caesar in the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Julius Caesar,’ in New York City.
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Some have denounced the New York Public Theater for encouraging violence against President Trump. But the play does just the opposite, warning of the pitfalls of political assassination.
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 …