For years, the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency has been using Lidar to study flooding and coastal changes. Since 1998, it’s had an unexpected use: discovering long-lost roads left by the Romans, helping to uncover new details of the country’s past.
Good plumbing is an overlooked, but vital, part of modern life. One of the first civilizations to really get a handle on it was the Romans. So why did the prevalence of parasites during Roman times increase compared to the Iron Age?
Recently, I had occasion to search the stock photography database Shutterstock for pictures depicting ancient Rome. A theme quickly emerged: sexy ancient Romans. There are a lot of depictions of sexy ancient Romans. Even for a passel of horn dogs like the ancient Romans, it’s a lot!
Paw prints from a domestic cat were recently noticed by researchers on a 2,000-year-old Roman roof tile, proving that cats have been remorseless life-ruiners since at least the dawn of Christianity.
This event probably never happened—but it’s such a cool visual that it has already been immortalized in art. A symbol of the thoughtlessness, the cruelty, and the profligacy of the Romans, this singular execution method was attributed to two different emperors.
The Romans were undoubtedly master engineers. They were experts at civil engineering, building roads, improving sanitation, inventing Roman concrete, and constructing aqueducts that adhere to tolerances impressive even by today's standards. Perhaps the best evidence of their aptitude is the fact that many of those…
Heron of Alexandria created over a startling 80 inventions during his lifetime, and most of them relied on the properties of air and water.
Monosodium glutamate is a food additive that enhances flavor. Although it's frowned upon today, the ancient Romans loved it and ate it with almost every meal.
Back in the 3rd century there were these Roman fellas. They were conquerors, to be sure, but a few of their number we undoubtedly pretty handy as this multitool suggests.
While strolling through the Getty Villa in Malibu—a museum dedicated to the study the cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria—Adam Pash discovered something curious: Evidence that even the Romans couldn't resist Facebook.
We can only guess what the ancient Romans might have thought about the latest revision of the Dungeons and Dragons rulebook (super approachable; they'd love it!), but we do know they were gamers. That's because an incredibly old, incredibly valuable Roman glass d20 was sold at auction by the famous Christie's auction…
There's been speculation about that painting in Admiral Adama's quarters ever since BSG's first season. Humorist and sci-fi fiend John Hodgman, who wrote about the show for The New York Times Magazine, is obsessed with it, and the burned, broody painting has been dissected carefully on both BSG forums and Wikipedia.…