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 […]



Domenico Camardo, lead archaeological consultant of the Herculaneum Conservation Project tells CWA about his work at the world famous site


Alatri, Italy

Richard Hodges visits the monastery of San Sebastiano with Lisa Fentress to investigate its date


God’s Gold

God’s Gold Sean Kingsley, John Murray, £25.00 (HB), £9.99 (PB)  In AD 70, the Roman Emperor Titus finally conquered the Jews and carted off a huge treasure from the Temple at Jerusalem back to Rome. There he celebrated a magnificent triumph, melting down much of the treasure and using it as bullion. From the proceeds […]



Richard Hodges sends news from Sicily and visits sites including Syracuse – one of many extensive Greek planned colonies along the south coast


The Last Roman

The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the decline of the West Adrian Murdoch Sutton, £18.99 Romulus Augustulus is very much the forgotten man of Roman history. Emperor for only ten short months at the age of 12, he was then sent into exile as the Western Roman Empire arguably ceased to exist. This new study […]


Venice: Archaeology and Architecture

Chief Archaeological Adviser to English Heritage, David Miles, considers the archaeology and architecture of Venice and the impact of tourism thereon


Pompeii Paint Problem

New scientific research is attempting to discern why Pompeii’s paintings are turning black after excavation


Review: The Bankers of Puteoli

The Bankers of Puteoli: Finance, Trade and Industry in the Roman World David Jones Tempus, £19.99  In 1955, a hoard of over a hundred wax writing tablets was discovered when a motorway was being constructed 500 yards south of the Stabian Gate at Pompeii, in an area known as the Agri Murecini. Publication of the […]