Ancient Rome – The Roman Empire – Articles from Magazines & Newspapers


Ancient Rome, The Roman Empire. Selected Articles from Magazines & Newspapers.

 

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Underground Rome

A good way to study ancient Rome is to explore the cellars — and subcellars — of modern Rome

Tom Mueller, The Atlantic 1997

A Victim of Its Own Success: Mary Beard Discusses the Collapse of the Roman Republic

Don Franzen interviews classical scholar Mary Beard

Mary Beard, LA Review of Books 2016


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Vindolanda: uncovering the secrets of a Roman fort

Just south of Hadrian’s wall, in Northumberland, the remains of a Roman fort are being uncovered. Vindolanda’s story is ever-evolving: each summer a team of archaeologists and volunteers uncover more of the fort, discovering buried structures and artefacts that continue to enrich our knowledge of this amazing site.

Caroline, Flickering Lamps 2016

Five myths about the decline and fall of Rome

Nathan Pilkington, Washington Post 2016

Piecing Together a Plan of Ancient Rome

For the past several hundred years, historians and archaeologists have been doggedly working to solve one of the world’s largest jigsaw puzzles: the Forma Urbis Romae. Sometimes known as the Severan Marble Plan, the Forma was an enormous marble map of ancient Rome created between the years A.D. 203 and 211

Jason Urbanus, Archaeology 2016

Rome Reconstructed – YouTube video

10-min video simulation of ancient Rome

MyMax Edutainment 2008

Story of cities #2: Rome wasn’t planned in a day … in fact it wasn’t planned at all

The grid system which the Roman republic exported all over Europe was never employed in the capital itself. The city has always lacked a coherent plan – save for the monumental temple that once towered over it

Adrian Mourby, The Guardian 2106

Rome’s Subway Expansion Reveals Artifacts From The Ancient Past

The presence of ancient artifacts underground is a daunting challenge for urban developers. For archaeologists, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

Christopher Livesay, NPR 2018

How to Decode an Ancient Roman’s Handwriting

Between 2010 and 2014, archeologists digging in London’s financial district, made an astonishing discovery—a collection of more than four hundred wooden tablets, preserved in the muck of an underground river. Eighty of them carried legible texts—legible, that is, to Roger Tomlin, one of the world’s foremost experts in very old handwriting.

Charlotte Higgins, The New Yorker 2017

The Ides of March: The assassination of Julius Caesar and how it changed the world

Caesar’s death paved the way for the Roman empire after a bloody cycle of civil wars, and secured him the hallowed immortality he always craved

Dominic Selwood, The Telegraph 2016

The Ancient Roman Cult That Continues to Vex Scholars

The Mithraic Mysteries worshipped a pagan god from subterranean temples buried throughout the empire.

Kerry Wolfe, Atlas Obscura 2017

7 surprising Ancient Rome facts

Our focus on ancient Rome tends primarily to centre on just one period – the era from Julius Caesar to (roughly) Constantine the Great. This article brings you seven lesser-known facts about the fascinating years before Nero or Hadrian, and about the era of Roman decline.

History Extra, 2016

Before the Fall of the Roman Republic, Income Inequality and Xenophobia Threatened Its Foundations

In a new book, history podcaster Mike Duncan describes what preceded Caesar’s rise to Emperor

Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian.com, 2017

How an Obscure Oriental Cult Converted a Vast, Pagan Roman Empire

Michael Kulikowski is professor of history and classics at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Late Roman Spain and Its Cities (2004) and Rome’s Gothic Wars from the Third Century to Alaric (2007). His latest book is The Triumph of Empire: The Roman World From Hadrian to Constantine (2016).

Michael Kulikowski, Aeon

Did the Romans Invent Christmas?

Did the first Christian Roman emperor appropriate the pagan festival of Saturnalia to celebrate the birth of Christ? Matt Salusbury weighs the evidence.

Matt Salusbury, History Today, 2009

Lost cities #4: Pompeii was preserved by disaster. Now it risks ruin all over again

Of all the lost cities in the world, ancient Pompeii is the most “found”. The volcanic eruption that destroyed the Roman city also froze it in time – but now, 2,000 years later, it is alive with people who threaten its existence all over again

Emily Mann, The Guardian, 2016

Rome wasn’t planned in a day… in fact it wasn’t planned at all

The grid system which the Roman republic exported all over Europe was never employed in the capital itself. The city has always lacked a coherent plan- save for the monumental temple that once towered over it.

Adrian Mourby, The Guardian, 2016

The Discovery of a Roman Gladiator School Brings the Famed Fighters Back to Life

Located in Austria, the archaeological site is providing rich new details about the lives and deaths of the arena combatants.

Franz Lidz, Smithsonian Magazine, 2016

The Evolution Of Roman Battle Tactics

This fascinating graphical video concocted by YouTuber Historia Civilis aptly showcases the ‘reactionary’ evolution of Roman battle tactics. And while the content treads a simplistic (though nifty) overview, we can get the core idea behind the Roman military system and how its adaptability set it apart from most of the ‘stagnant’ armies of the ancient world.

Dattatreya Mandal, Realm of History, 2018

The Health Risks of Living in Ancient Rome

From parasites to malaria, the health risks facing ancient Rome were numerous.

James MacDonald, JSTOR Daily, 2016

The Vatican just digitized this 1,600-year-old epic

Virgil wrote his classic poem, “The Aeneid”, more than 2,000 years ago. Thanks to the Vatican, you can now read one of the the world’s oldest versions of the ancient Latin text online.

Steven Overly, Washington Post, 2016

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