Festivals in Ancient Greece and Rome: 9 Fascinating Facts

“Ave, Caesar! Io, Saturnalia!” Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1880. / Wikimedia Commons By Cassandra Gill / 06.20.2017 Festivals in ancient Greece and Rome were important periods of time during which people performed “activities that are most often thought of as communications with the superhuman world.” Marked by a variety of unique cultural rituals and traditions, festival days stood in stark[…]

Venus Felix, Genetrix, and Victrix in the Numismatic Record from Augustus to Hadrian: Stagnation to Innovation

Ruins of the Temple of Venus Genetrix, Rome / Wikimedia Commons By Caitlin Ryan / 08.2016 Historical Interpreter Scarborough Museum Abstract Venus is one of the most famous goddesses of the Roman pantheon, known for her grace and beauty. Her likeness was recreated countless times in a variety of different media. She was depicted in[…]

Tages against Jesus: Etruscan Religion in the Late Roman Empire

Sandstone Etruscan relief excavation / Creative Commons By Dr. Dominique Briquel Professor of Archaeology and Latin Université de Paris-Sorbonne Etruscan Studies 10:12 (2007), 153-161 It may seem strange to associate in this way two entities which, at first glance, would seem to have nothing in common. The civilization of the Etruscans, which flourished in Italy[…]

Nevertheless, They Persisted – Women’s Demonstrations in Ancient Rome

The Intervention of the Sabine Women (detail), by Jacques-Louis David, 1799 / Louvre Museum, Paris By Dr. Katherine Huntley / 04.24.2017 Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History Boise State University Protesting was a key part of Roman political life. And protesting was fueled by the fact that the Roman Republic, from its founding in 509BCE[…]

Nero: The Myth and the Actual Story

Nero: had a reputation as an arsonist even in antiquity. Wikimedia Commons    By Dr. Caillan Davenport (left) and Dr. Shushma Malik (right) / 01.19.2017 Caillan: Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History and ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Malik: Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, The University of Queensland If asked to[…]

Incitatus: Caligula’s Horse in Popular Myth and Reality

An equestrian statue of a Julio-Claudian prince, originally identified as Caligula. ©Trustees of the British Museum    By Dr. Caillan Davenport (left) and Dr. Shushma Malik (right) / 01.19.2017 Caillan: Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History and ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Malik: Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, The University of[…]

An Ancient Roman Vomitorium: NOT a Place to Vomit

A Roman Feast, by Roberto Bompiani, late 19th century / Getty Center, Wikimedia Commons    By Dr. Caillan Davenport (left) and Dr. Shushma Malik (right) / 01.19.2017 Caillan: Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History and ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Malik: Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, The University of Queensland After[…]

The Basilica of Maxentius

Reconstruction of the Basilica of Maxentius / Jorgen Hartogs, Vimeo By Katleiah Ramos / 09.30.2013   Introduction Romans lived like they were gods because they built like they were gods – colossal, majestic and structurally remarkable. Many things come to mind when thinking of ancient and imperial Romans. Romans were farmers, conquerors, city planners, and[…]

Roman Mater: Etruscan Influence on the Role of Roman Women

Fresco from the Villa of Livia / Wikimedia Commons By Elizabeth Davis / 03.27.2012 Xavier University Introduction During the early Roman Empire, the role of the upper class married women became a civic duty. Rome’s culture and attitudes towards women developed from a synthesis of several other societies views. Traditionally, Athens has been credited with[…]

Zenobia, Visionary Queen of Ancient Palmyra

Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers, 1725-1730, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Oil on canvas, 102 15/16 x 144 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1961.9.42, Samuel H. Kress Collection. Image Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington In the 200s A.D. the Empress of the East turned her armies on Rome, and almost won. By Judith Weingarten[…]

The Aristocratic Ethos of the Roman Republic

Cicero denounces Catiline, who sought to overthrow the Roman Republic, fresco by Cesare Maccari, 1889 / Palazzo Madama, Rome By Dr. Nicholas K. Rauh Professor of Classics Purdue University Flowchart of the Roman government / Author provided The results of the constitutional developments at Rome were best expressed by the Republican acronym, SPQR, Senatus Populusque[…]