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Ancient Rome

Ancient Bones Yield Big Surprise About What Gladiators Ate

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.25.2014 | Science

Roman gladiators may have been gluttons for punishment, what with all that heavy combat. But a new analysis of their bones suggests they favored light...

Even Gladiators Would've Changed the Redskins Name

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Vicky Alvear Shecter

Two thousands years ago violent, revenge-or-die Romans could see that words matter. Why can't the owners of today's Washington team?

Colosseum for Days

Erica Firpo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Travel
Erica Firpo

When I was a little girl, my parents would take us to the Colosseum with much the same vibe as when I take my daughter to the local park. We'd be set free to jump, climb and play, but instead of padded pavement and over-engineered climbing devices, we had cats, columns, rocks

Why Wages Are Low and Unemployment Is High - Tech vs. Toil

Bob Swarup | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Long tech and short toil will fuel growth tomorrow, but whether we are able to stomach the journey today is far more unclear. The impact of the unfolding clash between technology and toil will be bruising in the shorter term. Its resolution will be critical to the future of economic growth.

Did Lead Poisoning Really Bring Down Roman Empire?

| Thomas Sumner | Posted 04.24.2014 | Science

When in ancient Rome, don’t drink as the Romans do. High-born Romans sipped beverages cooked in lead vessels and channeled spring water into their ...

Living History: Rome's Pantheon

Darius Arya | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel
Darius Arya

The nearly 2,000-year-old monumental temple is in the middle of the busiest neighborhood in the Eternal City, the historic center, and no matter what you are doing, you're always going to walk past the Pantheon.

Wayward Animals Left Their Mark In Ancient Tiles

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 04.19.2014 | Science

The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeolog...

The Classics and Their Relevance Today

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

"What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books." -- Sigmund Freud History is ...

The Secret To Happiness May Have Been Discovered Almost Two Millennia Ago

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living

One of the greatest texts about happiness and living well wasn't written by a self-help expert, spiritual leader or psychologist. It was written by Ro...

The Surprising Sexual Reason Pompeii's Lead Is a Slave

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Vicky Alvear Shecter

I was deep into writing my young adult novel set in Pompeii, Curses and Smoke, when my editor sent me a message that would've made any writer's blood turn to ice.

From Lucretia's Ashes Rises the Solution to America's Campus, Military Rape Crisis

Roberta Stewart | Posted 04.21.2014 | College
Roberta Stewart

Roman political mythology perhaps offers an instructive parallel for the policy crisis facing colleges.

Ancient Village Unearthed In Israel

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science

On the outskirts of Jerusalem, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2,300-year-old rural village that dates back to the Second Temple peri...

The Romans, Just Wars and Exceptionalism

Shadi Bartsch | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Shadi Bartsch

American citizens concerned about our military policy abroad might find an interesting mirror in ancient Rome. The Romans were pretty sure they were the good guys

Ancient DNA Overturns Assumptions About Baby Killings

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

A new look at a cache of baby bones discovered in Britain is altering assumptions about why ancient Romans committed infanticide. Infant girls were ...

Ancient Pompeii's Elite Ate WHAT?

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The commoners of the ancient city of Pompeii may have eaten a varied diet, with the wealthier even dining on giraffe, new research suggests. Remains...

SOLVED: Big Mystery About Ancient Sundial

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Using NASA data and new computer simulations, researchers say they've discovered how the sun would have lined up with an Egyptian obelisk and the fam...

No Really, CrossFit Helped Me Understand Achilles

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Vicky Alvear Shecter

The day I completed the "Murph" -- named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy from Patchogue, NY, who died in Afghanistan -- I finally understood the connection. By going deeper into the "being-ness" of physicality, we honored what he had lost. It made a kind of weird sense.

How Katniss Everdeen and Ancient Rome Unite to Teach an Ethics of Peace for our Time

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

One might say that the parallels with the ancient world end with Katniss, but maybe that's also where the parallels with ours are strongest. Because while she may not be a metaphor for Christ, Katniss is perhaps best understood as a prophetic hero for our time.

The 10 Best Practical Places to Explore Ancient Rome

Historvius | Posted 11.06.2013 | Travel

The legacy of the Roman Empire can be found in far more places than you might imagine. Many of the most interesting ancient sites, however, are located in countries and regions that are difficult or dangerous to visit. Fear not.

Want Happiness? Become a Practicing Stoic

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

Over the past two months I've read the works of all four great Roman Stoics -- Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, Seneca and of course Marcus Aurelius -- and with their help I've come to a few realizations

Football and Ancient Athens

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

By embracing a culture of innovation, demanding a sound mind in a sound body and accepting the challenges and dangers of annual war-like campaigns, the modern NFL comes close to exemplifying the spirit of ancient Athens.

Secret Slave Tunnels Discovered Under Ancient Villa

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 09.08.2013 | Science

Amateur archaeologists have uncovered a massive network of tunnels under the Roman Emperor Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Italy. The underground passagew...

One Insane Day in Albania. (Yes, Albania.)

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.08.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Color is coming back to the now-independent free-market democracy. A bit of the Balkan Peninsula, it's only slightly larger than Maryland. But there's variety inside that space, including a mountain-studded interior and an unspoiled Adriatic coastline.

What the Early Christians Meant When They Said, "Jesus is Lord"

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

"Jesus is Lord," the disciples flippantly announce, and the overtones aren't lost on anyone who's listening. If Jesus is Lord, then that means Caesar isn't.

How To Wear Your Hair Like The Ancient Romans Did

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 03.22.2013 | Style

We can't stop watching this YouTube channel.