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.
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?
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.
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.
For this very first episode of the Ancient World Magazine podcast, we talk about why we study the ancient world.
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.
David Mattingly’s book on the Roman Empire argues that the term “Romanization” is outmoded and should be discarded.
Matilo or Matilone was a Roman castellum (fort) in what is now Leiden. Today, the site is an archaeological park.