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.

The death of Seneca

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The death of Seneca

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Seneca, a proponent of Roman Stoicism, calmly committed suicide when ordered to do so by Emperor Nero.

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was inspired by a myriad of different world cultures. In her twentieth novel, Lavinia, she took as inspiration Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid.

Augustus of Prima Porta

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Augustus of Prima Porta

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The Roman statue known as the “Augustus of Prima Porta” is a remarkably powerful piece of Early Imperial “propaganda”.

Ancient science fiction

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Ancient science fiction

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The Verae Historiae (“True Histories”) by Lucian of Samosata is widely considered the world’s oldest known work of science fiction.