Ancient Roman Liberalia Festival: A Triad of Plebeian Tradition, Freedom and Fertility

Posted by on 3.16.24 in Ancient Rome

Introduction: The Vibrant Celebration of Liber Pater The Liberalia festival, linked to the god Liber (“The free one”) denotes an intriguing weave of keywords such as archaic rites, mysticism, personal freedom, political activism, phallic symbolism, ecstasy, theatre plays, freedom of speech and social rights. The presence at the Liberalia celebrations of an Ivy-crowned Phallus – “Phallophoria” – quickly helps us see that […]

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Roman coin denominations of the late empire

Posted by on 4.27.23 in Ancient Rome

Roman coinage of the first 2 centuries of the Roman empire is well documented and allows for relative clarity in its study and collection. However by the 3rd century reforms were increasingly required but less well documented, the “Antoninianus” was introduced but the name itself is a modern invention in line with the emperor who […]

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How Many Caesars were there in Ancient Rome?

Posted by on 12.20.22 in Ancient Rome, LEADERS

The question “How many Caesars were there?” can be answered “From 1 only, there were more than 70 Caesars, possibly hundreds, depending on how you define Caesar, whether you include both western and eastern halves of the Roman empire, and whether you include derivative titles such as Kaiser and Qaysar amongst others referring to Caesar”.  […]

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A Comparative Approach to Understanding Ancient Roman Inventions and Innovation

Posted by on 10.31.22 in Ancient Rome, Modern Rome

The Paradox of Ancient Roman Inventions Discussions about ancient Roman inventions are often riddled with a commonplace paradox: On the one hand, anyone can easily mention some great inventions of ancient Rome such as the roads, military technology, or the system of law that lies at the foundation of many modern nations. On the other […]

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Castrum Novum theatre: The architecture and orientation of a newly discovered ancient Roman theatre

Posted by on 10.29.22 in Uncategorized

Imagine a stage lit by the burning summer sunset and cooled by the sea breeze: A Roman theatre has recently been unearthed by archaeologists at Castrum Novum, north of Rome. It was built on the coast, some 50m from the sea front and oriented so that the setting sun would light the stage. Were the shows timed to match the sun?

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The birth of Rome – a crucible for many ethnicities.

The birth of Rome was about ethnic co-existence rather than deletion. War and conquest was certainly there, but carefully balanced with the admission of other cultures, religions and customs. We can learn much by comparing the early stages of Archaic Rome and the other cultures of Italy.

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Walks of Rome you can easily fold in the back of your pocket

Posted by on 3.6.22 in Miscellaneous on Ancient Rome

Simple ideas to see Rome and get the most out of it – print one of 5 and put it in your pocket!

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Understanding the future from Ancient Roman history: Historical Methods

Posted by on 6.28.18 in Ancient Rome

History with a capital ‘H’: Many students know something about the philosophy of science, but is there a philosophy of History? Or different types of “Historical Methods”? Might we develop historical methods which take us from interpreting the past to understanding our future in new and different ways? What about cognitive computing applied to history? […]

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Our perception of time and scale: What ancient Rome can teach us

Posted by on 4.2.18 in Uncategorized

Understanding history is difficult and open to interpretation, no doubt. Much of this difficulty is due to the complexity of the factors involved. The further back we look and the more fragmentary the information. Documentary evidence, or lack of it, seems the main hindrance but it’s not the only one. Our perception of time and […]

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Climate in Rome Italy

Posted by on 3.29.18 in Uncategorized

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