Articles in this category focus on particular objects, which are examined in close detail and may serve as the jumping off point for further discussion.
A relief in the British Museum offers a good example of Neo-Assyrian ingenuity, with men crossing a river using inflated animal skins.
We take a closer look at a realistic portrait of a Roman Republican couple from ca. 30 BC, identified as Publius Aiedius Amphio and his wife.
The inside from a cup currently in the British Museum depicts Hades and his wife Persephone enjoying a drink together.
Artists of the (early) modern era have helped shape our ideas about what the ancient world looked like. One of them was the Italian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.
The sculptor Pheidias, responsible for the reliefs of the Parthenon in Athens, may have been inspired by the Siphnian Treasury in Delphi.
The Roman statue known as the “Augustus of Prima Porta” is a remarkably powerful piece of Early Imperial “propaganda”.
Located in the Forum Romanum, the triumphal arch of Emperor Constantine is, like the ruler himself, a mixture of the old and the new.
With the death of Commodus in AD 192, a new family, the Severans, came to rule the Roman Empire. One of them was Caracalla. Looking at his portraits, one has to ask: why the angry face?
In the 1930s, archaeologists made a remarkable discovery at Pompeii: an ivory figurine that was originally created in faraway India.
Two gameboards from the Royal Tombs of Ur, a Sumerian city-state in what is now Iraq, date back to 2600–2400 BC.