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 tomb of the Roman poet Virgil (70–19 BC) is located in Naples. Today, the tomb forms the centre of a park created in Virgil’s honour.
The Roman statue known as the “Augustus of Prima Porta” is a remarkably powerful piece of Early Imperial “propaganda”.
We have not one, but two eye-witnesses to the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius: Pliny the Younger and his uncle, Pliny the Elder.
The Verae Historiae (“True Histories”) by Lucian of Samosata is widely considered the world’s oldest known work of science fiction.
Modern museums more and more emphasize the fact that the statues of the ancient world were originally painted in vivid colours.
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.