Responsibility for solving food crises often falls to a community’s leaders. Early Rome was no different, and in the first centuries of the Republic suffered from, and solved, the problem of food scarcity.
The Ara Pacis Augustae is the physical expression of the peace and prosperity brought about by the establishment of the Principate.
When the Romans decided to invade Africa in 256 BC to bring an end to their war with Carthage, they supposedly encountered more than just Punic elephants and a cunning Spartan condottiero.
A large fragment of a marble Roman sarcophagus portrays the deceased as a generally fortunate man who had been happily married.
Underneath the church San Lorenzo Maggiore in Naples are the impressive remains of an ancient Roman macellum or market building.
In countries like Italy, the ancient world is everywhere. Take, for example, the Italian village of Palinuro, named after the Trojan Palinurus.
International relations between the West and the Far East date back much further than usually thought and were originally much more benign than modern encounters.
The Gemma Augustea, a beautiful piece of Roman art, reveals Augustus’ imperial ambitions and was therefore kept out of the public eye.
Scholarship has tended to downplay the promiscuity of Etruscan women as described by Greek sources. But with evolving modern sexual sensibilities, perhaps a different approach is required.
A reference to the Salii as “jumping priests of Mars” leads me to wonder: who were these Roman priests and why did they jump?