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.

Roman cataract surgery

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Roman cataract surgery

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The Romans possessed the knowledge and technical skill necessary to treat cataracts to a decent extent.

A visit to Pompeii

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A visit to Pompeii

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The ruins of Pompeii offer an unrivalled look at everyday life in a small Roman city of the first century AD.

Street musicians in Pompeii

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Street musicians in Pompeii

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A beautiful mosaic from the Roman city of Pompeii depicts a group of musicians playing in the street.

Beyond Blood & Sand

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Beyond Blood & Sand

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A discussion of the remaining three seasons of the TV show Spartacus, which are all heartily recommended.

Size of war elephants

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Size of war elephants

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War elephants are among the most impressive assets of ancient armies, but how big were these creatures?

A statue of M. Nonius Balbus

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A statue of M. Nonius Balbus

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A look at the equestrian statue of Marcus Nonius Balbus that is currently on display at the archaeological museum of Naples.