We remember the Roman Empire for a great many things. Gladiators are always popular, and the army runs a close second, but the most striking thing about Rome is the monumental landscape of buildings it left behind. The Colosseum, the Circus Maximus, ornate palaces and villas, aqueducts that reach to the sky: These are…
North Africa was one of the heartlands of the Roman Empire. It produced most of the grain that fed Rome, the olive oil that burned in lamps from Sicily to Spain, the pottery that sat on every dinner table from Britain to Greece, and the tax revenue that kept the Roman government flush.
A cache of over 4,000 silver and bronze coins dating back to ancient Rome has been discovered by a Swiss farmer. Buried some 1,700 years ago, it’s one of the largest treasures of its kind ever found in Switzerland.
An undisturbed Samnite tomb has been unearthed at a burial ground beside Pompeii’s famous Villa of the Mysteries. The discovery will help archaeologists study a relatively unexplored era of Pompeii’s history—a time when the Samnites fought bitter battles against the Romans.
Archaeologists working in the Golan heights have discovered 2,000-year-old imprints made by the boots of Roman soldiers. The imprints were made in the still-wet mortar of the fortifications at the Hellenistic city of Hippos. The boots, including one that was a size 9, left studded footprints, and were standard issue…
A penis-shaped gold pendant from ancient Rome has become so popular at Norfolk's Lynn Museum that visitors will soon be able to purchase replicas of it at the gift shop.