Classical Roman culture
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-03-12 18:34
In 1919, archaeologists discovered a hoard of Roman silver at Traprain Law in East Lothian, Scotland composed of piles of "hacked up" Roman silver. They believed the late Roman period treasure was brought to Scotland as loot, but a new study by Dr Fraser Hunter shows that economics may have been the cause of the destruction of the dinnerware. (photo)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2013-03-07 19:23
A grad student visiting Fort Vancouver, Washington (USA) in 1982 noticed some bricks at the fort that didn't look like the others. Analysis later revealed that these bricks were made in Roman England.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-03-04 18:31
Early in the 5th century, the Romans departed from Britain, leaving behind roads, artifacts, walls, and something else. A new DNA study shows that up to 4 million British men carry Italian genetics, and of that, one million probably originate with the Romans.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-02-23 16:27
Hail, citizens! The gates of the Temple of Janus stand open, heralding the coming war! The Barony of Delftwood invites one and all to join us in preparation for the great conflict. There will be tournaments, melees, populace activities, and an A&S display, all centered on this year's theme of Ancient Rome.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-02-21 22:15
Professor Elizabeth Greene looks at shoes differently than most people. At the recent 2013 Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, she presented research on how Roman children's shoes reflected their family status, especially in military familities.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-02-10 14:01
Slightly out-of-period, but interesting nonetheless, is an instruction video by hairdresser Janet Stephens re-creating the hairstyle of the Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome. The Seni Crines is the oldest known hairstyle in Rome, and influenced later styles.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-01-31 19:48
Ancient meets modern when Pope Benedict XVI tweeked his first message last month - in Latin. Since that time, the Pope has amassed 2.5 million followers.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-01-24 19:04
The city of Lincoln, England has been a Roman outpost since the first century. Situated on the trade route between London and York, the area was first a fortress town and later a colonia, a retirement settlement for soldiers who wished to stay in Britain.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Mon, 2013-01-21 13:06
Think your toilet paper is rough? Try these! Formerly thought to be broken Roman "gaming pieces", these round ceramic discs are now believed to be the equivalent of a roll of toilet paper.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-01-18 20:26
Dr Paul Wilkinson, founder of the Kent Archaeological Field School, believes that he and his team have discovered the remains of a Roman theatre - the first in Britain - right in his backyard.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-01-09 14:53
A short stretch of Roman road in York, England may have been a walkway for some of the city's most influential citizens, and "probably even witnessed the very first Christians on their way to worship,” according to the Dean of York, Vivienne Faull.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-08 14:00
Archaeologists in Devon County, England are pondering the remains of a Roman settlement which thrived after the Roman army left the area for northern conquests.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-01-06 13:14
The design on a gold earring disc, discovered by a metal detector enthusiast in Keswick, England, has experts stumped. The disc dates to the Roman era and "features a scorpion, phallus, snake and crab." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-01-05 08:09
A tiny piece of cloak depicted in a Roman statue may be the "the first-ever depiction of tartan". The plaid appears on a bronze statue of the Emperor Caracalla with a bound Caledonian warrior wearing what appears to be tartan trews. The statue was found in the Moroccan city of Volubilis. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-01-03 14:18
Hadrian's Wall in northern England has long been a tourist attraction, but souvenirs, highlighted in a new book by Roman expert David Breeze, shows that the wall attracted tourists soon after it was built. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-01-01 00:41
The discovery of a 4th century basilica in Sofia, Bulgaria leads experts to speculate that emperor Constantine the Great might have had plans to create a centre of Christianity in the area.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-12-31 07:58
In 2008, the Antonine Wall, which runs between the firths of the Forth and Clyde in Scotland, was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Now Historic Scotland hopes to team with citizens from the Falkirk district to promote the area as a tourist destination.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-12-27 10:57
Construction workers laying a four-mile (7km) long water main between Banwell and Hutton, England uncovered a Roman cemetery. Experts believe the cemetery was associated with a nearby Roman villa.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-12-21 10:55
Evan Andrews of the History Channel online discusses the innovations that made Rome great in his article 10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-12-16 11:17
Romans in Burbank, California? Why not? On December 15-16, 2012, French troupe Histore'Event will present Spartacus and the Roman Legion at the Equestrian Center in Burbank. Burbank Leader reporter L. Thompson has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-12-13 15:02
Light a candle and greet the new calendar as we host the 30th Anniversary of this wondorous event here in our Shire. Indoor combat aplenty will decide the new champions for the year ahead in both the armored and rapier arenas. We will also have a new Bardic champion chosen during dinner.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-12-08 12:50
Owen Jarus takes a look at Hadrian's Wall in a recent feature story on the Live Science website. The article traces the history of the wall and its importance to the study of Roman life in England.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-12-02 18:30
On December 9, 2012, Webb's Auction House in New Zealand will host an auction of props and set dressings from the Starz television series Spartacus. Online bids will be accepted.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-11-25 17:29
Are you a compassionate person? Are you a person who enjoys practicing your Latin? You can be both on the Free Rice website where every right answer in a Latin language quiz wins 10 grains of rice for the World Food Program.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-11-14 11:43
An eagle-eyed art expert is responsible for the discovery of a 2nd century Roman sarcophagus overgrown with plants in a Dorset, England garden. The "rare and beautifully carved" sarcophagus is expected to sell at auction for UK£50,000. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-11-12 17:54
Over forty years ago, a little ivory cube was discovered in Frocester near Stroud, England. The cube was soon identified as a Roman die, and now, a mystery surrounding it has been solved: The game piece was crafted from elephant ivory. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-11-11 18:07
Construction on a UK£3.6million main between Banwell and Hutton, England is being held up while archaeologists investigate an unearthed Roman cemetery, possibly linked to a villa, containing a huge hoard of artifacts. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-10-18 17:05
Excavations at the Roman town of Venta Icenorum at at Caistor St Edmund, near Norwich, England, are changing minds about life in 5th century Britain. The discovery of an Anglo Saxon building "showed the site was far more complex than first thought, and not solely a Roman settlement."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-10-12 18:10
Most students of Roman history are familiar with Hadrian's Wall in northern Britain, but Roman border walls can be found throughout what was once the Roman Empire. Andrew Curry of National Geographic Magazine has the feature story.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-10-10 15:53
Archaeologists from the Grampus Heritage team are encouraging volunteers to take part in excavations to uncover a Roman bath house at the Derventio site near Papcastle, England. “This is genuinely a once in a lifetime opportunity because I don’t believe you will see something like this again in my lifetime.," said Mark Graham, project manager.