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”.
The story of the brothers Vibenna occupies the space between Etruscan myth and Roman history.
Matilo or Matilone was a Roman castellum (fort) in what is now Leiden. Today, the site is an archaeological park.
There’s been lots of talk lately about immigration. Here’s a look at the topic from the point of view of early Rome.
Racing – in pretty much any form – was no less popular two thousand years ago than it is today.
The new Leiden exhibition Casa Romana focuses on everyday life inside a townhouse of a wealthy Roman family in the first century AD.
The new Classical department at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden turns out to be a bit of a disappointment.