Ancient History Blog

  • "Emperor Spotting" with Mary Beard

    Mary Beard giving her talk on How to Spot a Roman Emperor at the Museum of London. Gresham College has been hosting a series of... Read more
  • Gallery Talk: The Mausoleum at Halikarnassos

    The most photographed 3 slabs from the frieze around the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos. Done in an older style. British Museum, Room 21. (Photo: Sandra Alvarez... Read more
  • New Exhibit at British Museum Sheds Light on Lost Ancient Culture of the Scythians

    Scythian rider - A gold plaque depicting a Scythian rider with a spear in his right hand; Gold; Second half of the fourth century BC... Read more
  • Timeless Torcs: Beauty Across the Ages

    By Sandra Alvarez After two millennia, torcs have endured as timeless fashion statement. How were these simple, yet elegant, pieces worn, and what was their... Read more
  • Like a Hole in the Head: Skull Surgery in Ancient Greece

    By Danièle Cybulskie The Hippocratic writers are probably best known for their famous Oath, but they were also responsible for a lot of firsts in... Read more
  • The Gladiator Games

    By Sandra Alvarez A Gladiator celebrating his strike against his opponent. London, Guildhall. (Photo: Medievalists.net) Every summer, the Gladiator Games are held at the Guildhall... Read more
  • “Hippocrates” Takes on the Quacks

    By Danièle Cybulskie In the 5th century BCE, a group of Ancient Greek doctors wrote a series of treatises on medicine that are collectively known... Read more
  • The Roman Theatre of Orange

    By Sandra Alvarez View of the stage and the wall. King Louis XIV reportedly called it, "The finest wall in all my kingdom." The statue... Read more
  • Hippolyta: Wonder Woman of Myth

    By Danièle Cybulskie With the new film version of Wonder Woman, popular interest in Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has once again been piqued. In... Read more
  • Nîmes Arena - Roman France

    Exterior of Nîmes Arena. (Photo: Medievalists.net) French Rome The South of France boasts some of the most impressive Roman sites outside of the traditional ‘Roman... Read more

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