Tag: Ancient Rome
The Ancient Roman Origins of Pizza
The pizza we know and love today has come a long way from the vegetable-topped meal cakes enjoyed by Aeneas. Fiona MacRae discusses the ancient origins of this popular dish.
The People of the Gaps: Rescuing Roman Slaves from Obscurity
With limited textual evidence, understanding the lives of enslaved people in Ancient Rome is a difficult task. Verity Limond examines how the archaeological record may be used to shed more light on their lived experience.
The Unique Status of Vestal Virgins in Roman Society
The Vestal Virgins occupied a position in ancient Roman society which afforded them certain legal and societal rights. However, the role also came with strict rules which, if broken, would be met with deadly punishment as Fiona MacRae discusses.
Theatre Review – Petronius’ Satyricon, adapted for stage by Martin Foreman
Petronius’ Satyricon is a classic Ancient Roman text from the first century CE, depicting scenes of debauchery and extravagance. Fiona MacRae reviews a recent stage exhibition of the text, brought to life for a modern audience by Martin Foreman at Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh.
The Art of Love: Ovid’s Valentine Tips
Written by Fiona Macrae. In the first century, Ovid instructed readers of the “Ars Amatoria” on how to find (and keep) love. Two millennia later, Fiona Macrae shares his guidance for the modern Classicist to employ in the search for “amor” this Valentine’s Day.
Pompeii: Digging the details with Jasmine Khelil
Written by Fiona Macrae. Despite just being in her second year of a History and Classics undergraduate degree, Jasmine Khelil has had the opportunity to dig at some of the most renowned archaeological sites in the world, including Pompeii. In this interview, Fiona Macrae discusses Jasmine’s route into archaeology, her experiences and her advice for…
Classics in Conversation
The 5th and final part of “Classics in Conversation” discusses the potential to further globalise the discipline and what the future might hold for prospective students in the field.
Interpreting the Donatist Schism
Written by Nikita Nandanwad. The Donatist sect, centred in Carthage, and resulting schism is a prominent facet of Late Antique Christian history. Expunged by the Roman Catholics, the Donatists were deemed an isolated sect, and yet rose up against their opppressors through acts of martrydom and unwavering faith.