Ancient History Blog

  • Did the Romans Wear Gladiator Sandals?

    By Danièle Cybulskie This summer, the ancient world is taking fashion by storm once again in the form of Roman sandals, with all of the... Read more
  • The Pont du Gard - Roman France

    By Sandra Alvarez The Pont Du Gard, reflecting it’s beauty into the waters of the Garden River: Photo: Medievalists.net You don’t have to travel to... Read more
  • U is for Universe

    By Danièle Cybulskie Have you ever stared at something in nature and thought it looked like a letter of the alphabet? You’re not alone. People... Read more
  • A votive relief from Rhodes

    Summer is almost here and that means that many of us are planning our holidays. A few years ago, I had a magical time on... Read more
  • Some recent Roman finds

    This will be a short blog post today, as I have been and remain absolutely swamped in work. Aside from working on issue 11 of... Read more
  • Casa Romana

    Yesterday, I attended the opening of a new exhibition at the National Museum of Antiquities here in Leiden. Casa Romana focuses on everyday life inside... Read more
  • Contest results

    Two months ago, I launched a contest inspired by the classic Star Trek: The Next Generation episode ‘Darmok’. You were invited to send me a... Read more
  • History as inspiration: O Brother, Where Art Thou

    In this last part in the brief series ‘History as inspiration’ (part one, part two), I want to discuss the Coen Brothers’ 2000-film O Brother... Read more
  • History as inspiration: Tyranny

    Yesterday, we had a look at how the ancient world – most notably Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – influenced Isaac Asimov’s... Read more
  • History as inspiration: Foundation trilogy

    Issue 10, which is currently at the printer’s (and available for pre-order), features an article by Marc DeSantis about the connections between J.R.R. Tolkien and... Read more

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