Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

Oct 25

Rare Evidence for Roman Crucifixion Found in Second-Century Britain

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

A surprise discovery has shed light on the gruesome execution practice of Roman crucifixion. As first reported in December 2021 in the magazine British Archaeology, a […]

excavating Pompeii

Oct 3

Excavating Pompeii’s Middle Class

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

Despite hundreds of years of archaeological work in the ancient city, those excavating Pompeii continue to uncover amazing new finds. As announced by the Archaeological […]

Crusader Sword Discovered

Nov 10

Crusader Sword Discovered

By: Nathan Steinmeyer

A  Crusader sword discovered off of the cost of Israel on the seafloor by a diver was handed over to the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). […]

Counter Showing Ducks and Rooster

Aug 9

Pompeii Fast Food Restaurant Uncovered

By: Jonathan Laden

Before Mt. Vesuvius erupted, the city of Pompeii housed 10,000 to 20,000 people, including many wealthy Romans who owned summer homes there. Among the other […]

Baptism of Saint Calixte

Jun 8

The Pandemic Roots of Infant Baptism

By: Marek Dospěl

The enduring COVID-19 global crisis has demonstrated in plentiful ways that such catastrophic events as pandemics are able to not only shape human history but […]

Pompeii Ceremonial Carriage

Mar 1

Ceremonial Chariot Found in Pompeii

By: Jonathan Laden

An intact processional chariot discovered in the suburban villa of Civita Giuliana, north of the city. It was found in a portico across from a stable where the remains of three horses were discovered in 2018, including one still in its harness. Also found were the iron components, tin and bronze decorations, imprints of organic materials, from ropes and remains of floral decorations, and mineralized wooden remains.

Catacombs of Priscilla

Jul 31

Tour the Roman Catacombs

By: Marek Dospěl

The earliest examples of demonstrably Christian art come from the catacombs, or burial chambers dug in a maze of underground galleries. Historians of art find […]

City of Palmyra

Jul 20

Latin Over Aramaic?

By: Marek Dospěl

The ancient oasis city of Palmyra—located northeast of Damascus in present-day Syria—abounds with archaeological treasures of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Owing to its crucial […]

Mt. Vesuvius

Feb 5

The Survivors of Mount Vesuvius

By: Jonathan Laden

Scholars have long debated whether there were many survivors of the volcanic eruption in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Steven L. Tuck finds the survivors.

Roman bathhouse in Meninx

Jan 22

Meninx Mapped

By: Jonathan Laden

As announced by the Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munchen, using magnetometer surveys, a joint German-Tunisian team has completed a mapping of the city of Meninx. During the Roman Empire, Meninx was an important port off the coast of North Africa, with trading ties to Italy Spain, Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt.