What Makes a Rebel Into a Hero?
by Stephen Dando-Collins
The same political process that made a hero out of the rebel Julius Caesar made villains out of his assassins, and burnished the reputations of some other rebels against the Roman Empire.
The Roman Empress Who Willed Herself to Power Amid Chaos
Galla Placidia was the only member of the imperial family who remained in Rome in 410 AD when the Visigoths approached the city. Her role in what happened next has been misrepresented or ignored by historians for centuries.
SOURCE: Ars Technica
Stabbing, Crucifixion, Eaten by Eels: Learn all about Murder the Roman Way
Historian Emma Souther's new book is a mix of the true crime genre and a history of crime and punishment in ancient Rome.
SOURCE: New York Times
How a Disaster Relief Program Changed the Roman Empire for the Better
The 10,000 Pompeiians who evacuated the city ahead of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD benefited from the redistribution of the property of nobles who didn't.
If Trump Is Caligula, There Could Be Some Unexpected Benefits
How the story of a Roman emperor planning to appoint his horse as consul relates to the Trump administration, with input from historian Aloys Winterling.
Has Italy Fallen, Again, to Dictatorship?
by Christopher Binetti
As a result of several factors--a tradition of temporary strongman leaders, a history of disguised dictatorship, and a unitary government for a regionally divided people--Italy has been more susceptible than other liberal democracies of falling into autocracy in the current COVID crisis.
SOURCE: The Conversation
The Roman ‘Brexit’: how life in Britain changed after 409AD
by Will Bowden
One of the remarkable things about the first decades of the 5th century was the apparent speed with which the things we associate with Roman life disappeared.
It’s Time to Rethink the Byzantine Legacy
by Michael Goodyear
It wasn’t Europe that gave us our idea of the Byzantines. They crafted their own Western European image.
Bronze Arm Found in Famous Shipwreck Points to More Treasure Below
Marine archaeologists announced new findings from their most recent excavation of the roughly 2,000-year-old Antikythera wreck.
SOURCE: Letter to the Editor of the Financial Times
Historian David Potter corrects the Dutch prime minister
In a letter to the editor of the Financial Times he says the Roman Empire didn’t collapse because of loose border controls.
The Lesson of the Fall of the Roman Republic We Ignore at Our Peril
by Richard Alston
In the modern West, we assume loyalty to the state and thus fail to consider how states can secure the loyalty of their people. Rome teaches us why this is a mistake.
The Fall of Rome and All that
by Douglas Boin
Our obsession with the Fall of Rome reflects our belief in the end times – a belief shared by the people of Rome.
The best thing the Romans did for Britain was leave, historian claims
On average Britons lived for two years longer after the fall of the Roman Empire
Are We More Like the Roman Empire than We Care to Admit?
by David M. Carr
That’s a good question to ask ourselves at the start of a new year. History doesn’t provide a comforting answer.
SOURCE: Vox Media
Website publishes 40 amazing maps that show the Roman Empire's rise and fall
by Timothy B. Lee
Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire — its rise and fall, its culture and economy, and how it laid the foundations of the modern world.
SOURCE: The New Scientist
Plague of Justinian confirmed as Black Death
New DNA sequencing shows that the Plague of Justinian was in fact the bubonic plague.
SOURCE: NBC News
Gladiators in London death pits were 'chewed by dogs'
New findings suggest corpses of defeated gladiators fed to dogs.
SOURCE: Science & Scholarship in Poland
Polish archaeologists discovered a Roman garrison commander's house in the Crimea
Until now, researchers have speculated that this house was located at the citadel in nearby Chersonesus.
Alarm sounded over state of Italy's historic monuments
ROME (AFP).- Alarm bells are ringing once more over the upkeep of Italy's historic monuments, from the Roman city of Pompeii to the Colosseum, with budget cuts hampering repairs and UNESCO issuing a stern rebuke."Over the last five years, the culture budget has been reduced by two thirds," Culture Minister Massimo Bray complained in an interview on Monday published in Italian newspapers.Italy is now lagging well behind its European counterparts: the country allocates just 1.1 percent of its budget to culture, compared to 7.4 percent in Ireland, 3.3 percent in Spain and 2.5 percent in France.The lack of funds is having a disastrous affect on the country's archaeological treasures, with many sites closed due to fears of rock collapses and others sporadically shut by protests and strikes....
SOURCE: Discovery News
Child abuse evident in Roman Egypt
A 2- to 3-year-old child from a Romano-Christian-period cemetery in Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt, shows evidence of physical child abuse, archaeologists have found. The child, who lived around 2,000 years ago, represents the earliest documented case of child abuse in the archaeological record, and the first case ever found in Egypt, researchers say.The Dakhleh Oasis is one of seven oases in Egypt's Western Desert. The site has seen continuous human occupation since the Neolithic period, making it the focus of several archaeological investigations, said lead researcher Sandra Wheeler, a bioarchaeologist at the University of Central Florida. Moreover, the cemeteries in the oasis allow scientists to take a unique look at the beginnings of Christianity in Egypt....
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