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Ancient Rome

Pilgrimage and Awe for the Ordinary

Chris Bingley | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Chris Bingley

It is difficult in particular to treat Greek religion as comparable to modern religious communities. Yet we should not discount Pausanias' own fascination with what he observes.

There Is A Fruitcake On The Moon

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 01.06.2016 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

According to an old French proverb, Rome was not built in a day. So, you're going to think I'm totally off the wall, but I believe that the same can ...

Christmas, Jesus and American Terrorism

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Nicolas B. Aziz

It is time for us to recognize the inaccuracies and faults within our history and human culture - whether it be in regards to Christmas, Jesus or terrorism - and use this identification as an impetus for improvement. Happy Holidays.

Women and Children Last? Ignoring Syrian Women Today and Their Historical Memory in Ancient Europe

Jeff Biggers | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Jeff Biggers

Only a few street blocks from where foreign ministers from the US, Europe and various Middle Eastern countries met in Paris on Monday to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis, the former Syrian "mother of the homeland" of ancient Europe sat on display at the Louvre Museum.

Video Travel Bite: Rome's Catacombs and Appian Way

Rick Steves | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Join us today for a little early-Christian history as we head outside Rome for a look at the catacombs via the Appian Way, ancient Rome's gateway to the East.

Damnatio Memoriae: Returning Mediterranean's Lost Migration History to Center Stage

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Jeff Biggers

Today's global migration shift is not a new story in the Mediterranean. The controversy over unconditional birthrights dates back thousands of years.

Death and Her Selfie

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Aaron Caleb Bardo

Rome, Italy, one of those rare places where reality exceeds expectation, where the scale of humanity is measured day in, day out. Of all the monuments constructed of humanity and deity, none continue to define us better than The Coliseum.

Mysterious 'Sleeping Beauty' Grave Discovered

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.11.2015 | Science

Archaeologists working in Ethiopia have discovered a remarkable treasure trove of artifacts dating back to the first and second centuries -- including...

Happy Birthday, Rome From the Rank and File

Erica Firpo | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel
Erica Firpo

It's that time of the year again. The third week of April, and Rome commemorates yet another year of its April 21, 753 BC founding. Though going on 2768 years, the Eternal City's birthday is never a bore.

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...