Statue of a Roman Emperor, Messene Museum, Greece. Dating from the 2nd half of the 4th century CE, this Emperor holds a globe in his left hand. The statue is the work of a local workshop that has recycled a Hellenistic female statue. There are...
|Ancient rome, Emperors, Messene, Late Roman, Roman art, Roman empire||view|
|Actium: A turning point in world history||
The Battle of Actium, where the forces of Octavian and Agrippa defeated those of Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BCE, proved to be one of the turning points in world history. Taking in characters such as Julius Caesar, Brutus and Cassius, Octavian,...
|Classics, Egypt, Emperors, Rome||view|
[Plato, Timaeus 21e] Critias replied, ‘In Egypt, at the apex of the Delta, where the stream of the River Nile divides, there is an administrative district called the Saïtic. The biggest city of the district, from which King Amasis...
|Atlantis, Plato, Sais, Egypt, Solon, Herodotus, Critias, Timaeus, Archaeology, Pseudoarchaeology, Pseudoscience||view|
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Herodotus' History includes a memorable description of the city of Babylon, which may have had a considerable influence on Plato's description of Atlantis in the Critias.These photographs, of tablets in the British Museum, show...
|Atlantis, Plato, Babylon, Cuneiform, Historical Maps, Greek culture, Flood myths, Iraq, Ishtar Gate, Herodotus, Nebuchadnezzar II||view|
Having left Egypt, assuming he really went there, Herodotus probably travelled via Tyre to the River Euphrates and down to Babylon, from where he produced a memorable description of the city. This may well have been inflential in the way that...
|Plato, Atlantis, Babylon, Flood myths, Ashurbanipal||view|
|BREAD & CIRCUSES (PART 1)||
The poet Juvenal famously wrote:
The public has long since cast off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things: bread and circuses....
|Rome, Gladiators, Bread and Circuses, Venationes, Colosseum||view|
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These images illustrate the venues and activities associated with 'Bread and Circuses'.
|Bread and Circuses, Roman architecture, Roman art, Amphitheatre, Gladiators, Venationes, Mosiac, Wall painting, Colosseum, Pompeii||view|
|BREAD AND CIRCUSES (PART 2)||
This podcast is the second of two that give some information about 'Bread and Circuses' at Rome. In Part 2 we talk about what happened during the shows, with a focus on gladiators, beast hunts, and chariot racing. The text is taken from S....
|Rome, Bread and Circuses, Gladiators, Venationes, Colosseum, Chariot racing||view|
|CAESAR v POMPEY: THE OUTBREAK OF THE CIVIL WAR||
This podcast is Part 3 of a 3-part Introduction to Section 6B - 49: Cicero, Caelius and the Approach of Civil War. It describes the events leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War between Pompey and Caesar in 49 BCE. The text is taken mainly...
|Roman, Cicero, Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, Civil War||view|
|Caesar's Invasions of Britain||
Caesar's Invasions of Britain. Written and voiced by Steve Kershaw.
|Rome, Latin, British history||view|
|Caligula:mad, bad or just danerous to know||
A document to help you diagnose Caligula.
|Rome, Latin, Caligula||view|
|CICERO, CATILINE AND CLODIUS||
This podcast is Part 2 of a 3-part Introduction to Section 6B - 49: Cicero, Caelius and the Approach of Civil War. It describes Cicero's dealings with Catiline and Clodius in the 60s BCE. The text is taken mainly from S. Kershaw, A Brief...
|Roman, Cicero, Catiline, Clodius||view|
|Civil Wars, Dictatorship and the ‘Egyptian Woman’||
Civil Wars, Dictatorship and the ‘Egyptian Woman’. Text from Kershaw, S., A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization, London: Robinson, 2010, 279-281.
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CLAUDIUS Larger than life size bronze statue of Claudius found in situ in 1741 in the Augusteum at Herculaneum, now in the Naples Archaeological Museum. The Augusteum was the area dedicated to the imperial cult, and occupied a porticoed square in...
|Rome, Latin, Claudius||view|
Coin with an image of the Emperor Titus (ruled 79 - 81 CE)
Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.
© S.P. Kershaw
|Ancient history, Classics, Emperors, History, Numismatics, Roman coins, Titus||view|
Here we have Nero's official image. Suetonius lists the physical characteristics of Nero as follows: Height: average; Body: pustular and malodorous; Hair: light blond; Features: pretty, rather than handsome; Eyes: dullish blue; Neck: squat; Belly...
|Ancient history, Nero, Classics, Numismatics, Emperors, Latin, Roman, Roman coins||view|
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These over-life-size statues of Constantine are currently displayed in the Capitoline Museum, Rome.
|Constantine, Late Roman, Roman art, Ancient rome, Portraiture, Early Christian, Christianity, Emperors||view|
|From the Ides of March to Actium||
Text from Kershaw, S., A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization, London: Robinson, 2010, 281-286. © S. Kershaw
|Ancient history, Rome||view|
These photographs show the tussle between Apollo and Herakles for the Delphic Tripod.
|Delphi, Herakles, Apollo, Greek art, myth, paestum||view|
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CLEOPATRA VII, QUEEN OF EGYPT 2 Photos © S.P. Kershaw
|Rome, Latin, Egypt||view|