The Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace)

Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace), 9 B.C.E. (Ara Pacis Museum, Rome, Italy) By Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker / 11.23.2015 Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies Binghamton University Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace), 9 B.C.E. (Ara Pacis Museum, Rome, Italy) (photo: Steven Zucker, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) The Roman state religion in microcosm The festivities of[…]

Sacrifice Preparation as Communal Ritual in Ancient Rome

Preparations for a Sacrifice, fragment from an architectural relief, c. mid-first century C.E., marble, 172 x 211 cm / 67¾ x 83⅛ inches (Musée du Louvre, Paris)  [note: the date for this relief from the Louvre’s website—beginning of the second century C.E.—is at odds with the Louvre’s publication of its catalog, Roman Art from the Louvre (2009)[…]

Water Has Been Discovered on Mars and May Accelerate Human Exploration

Huge ice sheets discovered on Mars could mean human exploration of the planet is closer than scientists had thought. (Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images) Scientists believe the ice layers and water are the result of accumulated snow. By Alexa Lardieri / 01.12.2018 Large sheets of ice have been discovered just below Mars’ surface, leading scientists to[…]