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Category Archives: Ancient Rome
ROME —A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum’s only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes — as well as graffiti and drawings of phallic symbols — indicating that the arena where gladiators fought … Continue reading
AArrrghh… it’s just maddening! In 2008 archaeologists discover the 2nd century tomb of a wealthy senator, distinguished consul, and highly decorated battle-hardened general who led 20 years worth of Roman military campaigns for Emperor Marcus Aurelius against the Germanic tribes. … Continue reading
Smithsonian Magazine What is it about Roman concrete that keeps the Pantheon and the Colosseum still standing? The Colosseum, inaugurated in A.D. 80, seated 50,000 and hosted gladiatorial games, ritual animal hunts, parades and executions The Romans started making concrete … Continue reading
Built by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC, on the Campus Martius (Field of Mars), the original Pantheon burned during a large fire in 80 AD. Soon after the fire, it was rebuilt by Domitian, only to be burned again in … Continue reading
Amphorae in a garum factory in Pompeii These amphorae were cleaned and stacked in the corner, waiting be filled with fish sauce, when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Needless to say, the fish sauce deliveries for that week were “delayed.”
Building on the site of the Emperor Nero’s private lake, the construction of the Amphitheatrum Flavium (Flavian Amphitheater) was begun in 72 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, and was completed 8 years later by his successor, … Continue reading
Located on Rome’s Esquiline Hill, on the site of the Porta Esquilina, the Arch of Gallienus was commissioned in 262 AD by Marcus Aurelius Victor in honor of the Emperor Gallienus. Originally consisting of three arches, only one survives today.
Located immediately downstream from Tiber Island, the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge) was originally erected during the 3rd century BC. The bridge was likely constructed as part of the Via Aurelia, the road to Etruria. The visible remains seen today … Continue reading
Beginning around the middle first century BC, Roman brick makers began to stamp their bricks with identifying marks. By the first century AD, urban brick stamps included the names of the Consuls for that year. This brick, found in Ostia … Continue reading
Several of these gameboards can be found scattered about the Roman Forum, in Rome. This one is etched into the steps of the Basilica Julia.
Located about 54 miles southeast of Naples, Italy, the 7th Century BC Graeco-Roman city of Paestum is home to some of the oldest and best preserved Doric temples anywhere. Founded by Greek colonists from Sybaris, and originally called Poseidonia, today … Continue reading
Located at the center of the modern city of Rome, the Forum was the heart of the ancient Roman Republic, the focal point of religious, commercial, judiciary and political life. The oldest public structures to be found in the city … Continue reading