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.
Seneca, a proponent of Roman Stoicism, calmly committed suicide when ordered to do so by Emperor Nero.
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was inspired by a myriad of different world cultures. In her twentieth novel, Lavinia, she took as inspiration Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid.
The Roman statue known as the “Augustus of Prima Porta” is a remarkably powerful piece of Early Imperial “propaganda”.
We have not one, but two eye-witnesses to the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius: Pliny the Younger and his uncle, Pliny the Elder.
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?
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.
In the 1930s, archaeologists made a remarkable discovery at Pompeii: an ivory figurine that was originally created in faraway India.
One of the many problems plaguing the reign of Emperor Commodus was a supposed “War on Deserters”.