The Ancient Origins of Werewolves

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 the Medieval and Early Modern periods, a result of the superstitions surrounding magic and witchcraft. In reality, the werewolf is far older than that. The…

Guide to the Classics: Juvenal, the True Satirist of Rome

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 image which the Roman poet Juvenal paints of the satirist castigating the vices of contemporary Rome. Juvenal’s Satires provide a fascinating window onto the social…

Mark Zuckerberg’s Admiration For Emperor Augustus is Misplaced. Here’s Why

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 it was like there were three people on the honeymoon. The couple even named their second daughter August. Explaining his fascination for Rome’s first emperor,…

Spartacus: The Rise and Rise of An Unlikely Hero

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 whose rebellion ultimately proved a failure and whose followers died in the most ignominious of fashions, has become a modern symbol of the power of…

New Discoveries Made at Pompeii

Archeologists working at the famed ruins of Pompeii have uncovered a “new” house at the site, described as that of a “wealthy and cultured” individual, located in the Regio V area of the city. The house, named the House of Jupiter thanks to artwork found at the site, was known to archeologists working in the…