How plague helped make Rome a superpower
Epidemics like COVID-19 shape history, as happened in 212 BC when a plague set Rome on the path to becoming a superpower, says a University of Melbourne expert
Out of ancient marshes
Archaeologists co-led by University of Melbourne uncover massive ancient reclamation work in the Pontine Marshes that was a harbinger of Rome's determination
Bringing ancient Rome to life
What film adaptions of Ancient Rome do historians like the most? We ask four University of Melbourne experts to give us their favourite screen visions of Rome.
Saving the secrets of the jars of Laos
The mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos, which University of Melbourne archaeologists are working to reveal, has just been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.
What history can really teach us
History is too intricate to teach simple lessons, but studying it helps in understanding the complexities of the present says a University of Melbourne expert
The history of paper
Paper was invented in China before it spread through Central Asia and Europe, but how did paper evolve to become our modern-day office paper?
Lucky discoveries of lost ancient history
Chance discoveries have been key to our understanding of ancient times. Here, University of Melbourne experts tell the stories of some of these important finds.
A pressing matter: Ancient Roman food technology
University of Melbourne researcher finds Ancient Roman text has long been misinterpreted, shedding new light on how oil and wine press technology developed
Cross-examining western thinking
The notion of ‘western civillisation’ has divided modern historians; a University of Melbourne expert says we need to explore and question ‘western thinking’.
Virtual reality brings the past to life
Ever wanted to wander round a Roman city as it was 2000 years ago? Now you can, thanks to technology that allows us to explore historic sites in 3D.