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Ancient Rome

Caligula: All The Most Ridiculous And Horrifying Things...

February 19, 2021

Roman sestertius depicting Caligula. (CNG/WIkimedia Commons) No Roman leader is quite as infamous as Caligula. In just four short years, Caligula went from a ...

Gladiatrix: This Is What Life Was Like For Female Gladi...

February 1, 2021

The Way Female Gladiators Were Seen In Ancient Rome Were there female gladiators in Ancient Rome? Of course there were, and they often fought animals and chi...

The Roman Toga: A Status Symbol That Was Key In Electio...

November 7, 2020

Evolving toga fashion in time.(DEA PICTURE LIBRARY/De Agostini via Getty Images) Today, the Roman toga is mostly associated with frat parties, but the simple ...

Ancient Dog Tombs: Greek/Roman Epitaphs, Funerals, & Qu...

September 19, 2020

Dogs have played an important role in human history. (Fine Art Photographic Library/CORBIS via Getty Images) Dogs are man's best friend, but that isn't just a...

Cleopatra and Julius Caesar's Relationship: What Happen...

August 21, 2020

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a publicity still issued for the film Cleopatra in 1963. The historical drama starred Burton as Mark Antony and Taylor as...

64 A.D.: The Great Fire Of Rome Starts Burning Under Em...

July 19, 2020

(Carl Theodor von Piloty/Wikimedia Commons) On July 18, 64 A.D., the Great Fire of Rome burned nearly two-thirds of the city to the ground. This was no ordina...

The Assassination Of Julius Caesar: History And Stories...

March 15, 2020

The death of Caesar. (Leemage/UIG via Getty Images) Beware the Ides of March! If you're like most of us, you were introduced to this phrase, as well as the as...

Saint Valentine: The Patron Saint Of Bees, Fainting, An...

February 11, 2020

Valentine ministered to persecuted Christians in the third century. Colored engraving, Italy, 1886. (Photo by Fototeca Gilardi/Getty Images). Today, most of w...

Les Miserables, Hitler, And The Nobel Peace Prize: 14 T...

January 3, 2020

When you hear the name Benito Mussolini, you probably think "fascist dictator" and "ruthless leader of World War II Italy." While those titles are accurate, ...

When the Peasants Went On Strike: Ancient Rome’s Secess...

September 1, 2019

Plebeian farmers interacting with Roman Patricians. From Hutchinson's History of the Nations, published 1915. Source: (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Uni...

The Horse Who Would Be Senator: Caligula and His Unconv...

May 8, 2019

In ancient Rome, the politicians were known for some of their wacky behavior, but Caligula has them all beat. The fourth emperor of Rome, engaged in deviant ...