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Ancient Rome

Trying to Understand Trump Voters? There's a Lot to Learn From the People of Ancient Rome

Philip Freeman | Posted 11.10.2016 | World
Philip Freeman

I teach ancient history at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest. One question I’m often asked when I tell people what I do is whether or not ...

Old. White. Men.

Dana Agmon | Posted 10.31.2016 | Religion
Dana Agmon

I don't like generalizations. Nor do I support them. I teach my kids to avoid them at all cost. But if there is one that is true, it is that the peopl...

If History Had Twitter...

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Robyn Faith Walsh

Hipster Greek Statues courtesy of BuzzFeed Setting aside all precedence of logic, spelling, and grammar, Donald Trump has waged his political campaig...

Wine Critics - Everything Old Is New Again

Justine Vanden Heuvel | Posted 06.07.2016 | Taste
Justine Vanden Heuvel

Co-authored by Michael Fontaine, Associate Professor of Classics at Cornell University Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast - these are jus...

Meet the Trump of Ancient Rome, a Populist Demagogue Who Helped Bring Down the Republic

Philip Freeman | Posted 04.12.2016 | World
Philip Freeman

The roots of populism stretch back to the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic. The man who ultimately brought down the system was a wealthy and ambitious nobleman named Publius Clodius Pulcher, a populist demagogue who refused to play by the rules. The more audacious his behavior, the more the public loved him for it. The ruling classes stood by dazed and helpless as control of the state they had run for centuries slipped from their hands.

The Ancient Roman Donald Trump

Andrew Chase | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Andrew Chase

Gracchus had the people in the palm of his hand, and turned it into a fist. Donald Trump yet might not be the Republican Party's nominee, but he is following the very playbook Tiberius laid down and achieving success.

Pilgrimage and Awe for the Ordinary

Chris Bingley | Posted 01.13.2017 | 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 12.29.2016 | 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 12.17.2016 | 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 12.15.2016 | 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 11.23.2016 | 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 09.01.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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 h...

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 archaeologi...

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.