The Red Pyramid is one of the pyramids constructed by King Sneferu (ca. 2600 BC), located at Dashur. In ancient times, Dashur was the location of an ancient necropolis.
We tend to focus on how ancient buildings were used in Antiquity. But how they were used in post-Classical times is often just as interesting, as I discovered when I revisited the Colosseum in Rome.
The new Leiden exhibition Casa Romana focuses on everyday life inside a townhouse of a wealthy Roman family in the first century AD.
The ruins of Pompeii offer an unrivalled look at everyday life in a small Roman city of the first century AD.
One of the buildings in Herculaneum features a tavern that offers a window into everyday life in a Roman town in the first century AD.
An extensive look at the beautiful archaeological site and museum of Paestum in Southern Italy.
Located not far from Naples are the impressive remains of the villa that once belonged to Nero’s wife, Poppaea Sabina.
Fortifications such as walls and gates seem to have had an obvious defensive purpose. But how effective were they in keeping the enemy at bay?
Anthony Snodgrass associated changes in Greek fortifications over the course of the Archaic period with the rise of the polis, i.e. the “city-state”. Does that idea have merit?
Inspired by my postdoctoral research, I wonder whether the ancient Greeks built walls around (part of) their settlements primarily out of fear of attack.