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.

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.

Racing: an enduring legacy

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Racing: an enduring legacy

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Racing – in pretty much any form – was no less popular two thousand years ago than it is today.

The Pillars of Hercules

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The Pillars of Hercules

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The promontories that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar were referred to as the Pillars of Hercules.