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.

Caracalla's scowl

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Caracalla's scowl

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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?

A note on the “Dark Age”

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A note on the “Dark Age”

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Matthew Lloyd’s recent article on why he studies the Greek “Dark Age” elicited comments about his use of that phrase that deserve to be dealt with briefly.

A long history

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A long history

The post-Roman use of the Colosseum

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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.

An Indian figurine from Pompeii

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An Indian figurine from Pompeii

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In the 1930s, archaeologists made a remarkable discovery at Pompeii: an ivory figurine that was originally created in faraway India.

The brothers Vibenna

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The brothers Vibenna

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The story of the brothers Vibenna occupies the space between Etruscan myth and Roman history.

Archaeological Park Matilo

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Archaeological Park Matilo

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Matilo or Matilone was a Roman castellum (fort) in what is now Leiden. Today, the site is an archaeological park.