Beauty, wine and death in the ancient world
A new archaeology exhibition at the University of Melbourne gives insights into the hidden lives of ancient Graeco-Roman women, children, slaves and artisans
Happy ancient Roman Mother’s Day
No breakfast in bed and a bouquet, on ancient Roman Mother’s Day, women served their slaves, says University of Melbourne historian and archaeologist.
All rivers lead to Rome
University of Melbourne research has unearthed the somewhat forgotten role of rivers as the trade arteries of the ancient Roman Empire
What was it like to be a child in the Roman Empire?
In researching a new children’s novel set in Ancient Roman times, a University of Melbourne archaeologist found herself hunting answers to unusual questions
Volcanic winter and pandemic pandemonium
Bubonic plague in the sixth century ended dreams of reunifying the Roman empire and caused decisive geopolitical upheaval, says a University of Melbourne expert
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.
Narcissus and the drawbacks of being a hot teenage boy
The myth of Narcissus isn’t so much about narcissism as about what it is to transgress society's norms of male sexuality, says a University of Melbourne expert
Friends, Romans, Fake News
In a world of 'alternative facts' and spin, Shakespeare helps teach us how to grasp complexity and expose manipulation, says a University of Melbourne expert.