The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization

Why did the western half of the Roman Empire fall? Did it fall at all – or was it peacefully transformed into the similarly sophisticated civilization of Late Antiquity? The pendulum of historical interpretation has swung from one extreme to the other. Words like ‘decline’ and ‘crisis’ are now taboo, and the idea that major […]

Pompeii, The Life of a Roman Town

With the decline of grammar schools in Britain, Classics seemed to be heading for a fall. Recently however, both in the UK and USA, the subject has achieved something of a renaissance. Popular culture, ironically, provides the impetus: Latin is the working language at Hogwarts; Gladiator and Troy are two of the most testosterone-fuelled films […]


Roman Empire, The

Instead of plastic toys that will be broken before Christmas dinner, how about one of the British Museum pocket series as stocking-fillers this year? Pitched at older children/younger teenagers, two new titles in the series have just appeared. Sam Moorhead takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the Roman Empire, sampling Gaulish wine, visiting the […]


Rimini revealed

Nadia Durrani reports on the site of the newly-opened Surgeon’s House in Rimini, north-east Italy



Romanist Neil Faulkner takes us on a tour of the Roman port of Ostia



Here Neil Faulkner presents a portrait of Hadrian from his new book Rome: empire of the eagles


Lasers Paint Roman Column

Using lasers to recreate the original vivid colours, visitors will be able to see Trajans Column as it was when erected in AD 113


Post-Facist Rome

Neil Faulkner considers the future of Rome’s great Ara Pacis museum



Richard Hodges writes from Tuscany

Visiting Pompeii

Pompeii is one of the World’s great archaeology attractions. And more of it is being uncovered every day. Here is our brief guide to the latest research and discoveries. Introduction Until recently, Pompeian archaeologists spent most of their time clearing volcanic debris to expose extensive areas of the city or trying to classify the architecture, […]

the archimedes codex

The Archimedes Codex

The Archimedes Codex: Revealing the Secrets of the World’s Greatest Palimpsest Reviel Netz and William Noel Weidenfeld and Nicholson, £18.99  Archimedes of Syracuse has long been regarded as the greatest mathematician and scientist of the ancient world by historians of science. For the rest of us, his cry of ‘Eureka!’ while taking his bath is […]