Ancient Rome

According to tradition, the city of Rome was founded on 21 April, 753 BC. This city-state in the centre of Italy would grow and flourish over the course of the next millennium, eventually turning into an empire that encompassed not just the whole of Italy, but the entire Mediterranean and vast stretches of land beyond.

Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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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.

Sarcophagus of the Brothers

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Sarcophagus of the Brothers

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A large fragment of a marble Roman sarcophagus portrays the deceased as a generally fortunate man who had been happily married.

The jumping priests of Rome

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The jumping priests of Rome

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A reference to the Salii as “jumping priests of Mars” leads me to wonder: who were these Roman priests and why did they jump?