Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome

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.

Counter Showing Ducks and Rooster

Dec 26

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 […]

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.

Roman Mansion Timber

Dec 9

In Jesus’ Time: The Ancient Art of the Deal

By: Jonathan Laden

For thousands of years, different peoples have interacted with each other by fighting wars and also by trading. In addition to the conquests that built […]