Italy

Review: The Colosseum

In a medieval, and indeed modern Rome, one building above all dominates the city: the Colosseum. Erected on a swamp in the centre of the city on the ruins of the gardens of Nero’s ill-fated Golden House, it is simply so big that despite all the demolition and its use throughout the Middle Ages as […]

Florence

Florence

Richard Hodges reports from Florence where changes to the entrance of the Uffizi have caused a stir

Horses of St Mark’s

In 1204, the Venetians, leading the Fourth Crusade, decided to postpone their attack on the infidel, and turned aside to sack the greatest city of Christendom, Constantinople. This proved extremely profitable, and among the loot that the Venetians carried home with them were four magnificent bronze horses which had stood in the Hippodrome. These they […]

Enemies of Rome

Many believe that Rome was glorious, and that Rome brought civilisation – law, architecture, literature, a better lifestyle – into the Barbarian darkness of the conquered people. But was this really so? Philip Matyszak presents the alternative view. His book tells the story of the growth and eventual demise of Rome from the perspective of […]

Pompeii Before the Romans

Was Pompeii an Etruscan planned city? Reading University’s excavations of the House of Amarantus

Pompeii, House of the Vestals

The revelations of Bradford University’s excavations of the city at the time of the Caesars, with a focus on architecture, sanitation and money

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