Rosa Salzberg, University of Warwick Cities around the world have had difficulties balancing the interests of visitors with the needs of residents, as holiday rental platforms such as Airbnb have … Continue Reading Venice Had its Own ‘Airbnb Problem’ During the Renaissance – Here’s How it Coped
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University Sometime in the 9th century AD, a monk in the Benedictine monastery of Fulda in modern Germany copied out an extensive Latin history into Carolingian minuscule, … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Tacitus’ Annals and its Enduring Portrait of Monarchical Power
Margaret Clunies Ross, University of Sydney The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. The Romans named their days of the week after the planets, which … Continue Reading Explainer: The Gods Behind the Days of the Week
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, University of Roehampton Every two years, when the Winter or Summer Olympics comes around, we hear about how the games staged at Olympia … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome: Did Christians Ban The Ancient Olympics?
Eve MacDonald, University of Reading The papers and social media are today full of claims of fake news; back and forth the accusations fly that one side of the political … Continue Reading The Fake News That Sealed the Fate of Antony and Cleopatra
Alessia Isopi, University of Manchester and Arcangelo Dimico, Queen’s University Belfast The Sicilian mafia is arguably one of the most famous – or infamous – institutions in the Western world. … Continue Reading Citrus Fruits, Scurvy and the Origins of the Sicilian Mafia
Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland and Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University ‘CHRISTIANS TO THE LIONS!’ rang without end through all quarters of the city. So writes Henryk Sienkiewicz in his … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome – Throwing Christians to the Lions
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University In a memorable scene from the classic BBC TV series I, Claudius (1976), three frightened senators are summoned to the palace in the dead of night … Continue Reading Guide To The Classics: Suetonius’s The Twelve Caesars Explores Vice and Virtue in Ancient Rome
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland If asked to think of a single individual who epitomises the decadence, destruction and debauchery of Ancient Rome, the … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome – The Emperor Nero
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland We all know the phrase “all roads lead to Rome”. Today, it is used proverbially and has come to … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome — Did All Roads Actually Lead There?
Zena Kamash, Royal Holloway True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may have changed but … Continue Reading From Washing Machines to Computers: How The Ancients Invented The Modern World
Tanika Koosmen, University of Newcastle The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or literature. You might think this snarling creature is a creation of … Continue Reading The Ancient Origins of Werewolves
Nicky Nielsen, University of Manchester It’s a great place to sit in the shade and enjoy a gelato. The base of the Flaminian Obelisk in the Piazza del Popolo on … Continue Reading Rome’s Flaminian Obelisk: An Epic Journey From Divine Egyptian Symbol to Tourist Attraction
Robert Cowan, University of Sydney An angry man stands at the crossroads and rails against the moral cesspit around him, teeming with sexual deviants and jumped-up immigrants. This is the … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Juvenal, the True Satirist of Rome
Frederik Juliaan Vervaet, University of Melbourne On his 2012 honeymoon to Rome, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took so many photos of the Roman Emperor Augustus’s sculptures that his wife joked … Continue Reading Mark Zuckerberg’s Admiration For Emperor Augustus is Misplaced. Here’s Why
When the Australian Ballet premieres its new production of Khachaturian’s ballet Spartacus this week, it will be another moment in an extraordinary story of rehabilitation. Spartacus, a lowly barbarian slave … Continue Reading Spartacus: The Rise and Rise of An Unlikely Hero