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.

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.

The Farnese Bull

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The Farnese Bull

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A closer look at one of the statue groups from the Collezione Farnese, originally perhaps by Apollonius of Tralles.

A Roman tavern in Herculaneum

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A Roman tavern in Herculaneum

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One of the buildings in Herculaneum features a tavern that offers a window into everyday life in a Roman town in the first century AD.