Carro cura carere

Carro cura carere Re-evaluating the Roman Carrus By David Picker-Kille   I. Introduction As an aspiring classical archaeologist with an interest in Roman land transport, the recent groundbreaking discovery of the four-wheeled “chariot” at the Villa Giuliana north of Pompeii[2] has highlighted for me the presence of an issue of translation between English and Italian that […]

Aphrodisias

Aphrodisias A Case Study in Costing Late Antique Circuits By Christopher Williams   I. Introduction Throughout Late Antiquity, spoliated material became a more common feature in many building projects across the Roman Empire. While it is often assumed that this increase in spolia is linked with economic degradation, this may not be the case. Estimating […]

Acting Onstage and Off

Emperor Nero Chariot Racing. Credit: History Collection Acting Onstage and Off An Analysis of the Role Theatrical Performances Played in Nero’s Popularity By Lily Nesvold   I. Introduction Tyrant, murderer, debauchee, monster, rapist—just a small selection of the dreadful words that have been used for thousands of years to characterize Nero and his controversial reign. […]

Statues that Speak

Source: Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends Statues that Speak 5th-Century Greek Sculpture as Symbolism for Classical Age Ethos by Millie Huang   I. Introduction The Classical Age in Greece (510-323 BC) witnessed many monumental changes in Greek society, including the end of aristocratic culture and the spread of democracy in […]

Constantine as Liberator

Photo Sources: Smart History Constantine as Liberator An Evaluation of the Self Representations of the Emperor through Eusebius’ Life of Constantine and the Arch of Constantine By James Nycz   I. The Conversion of the First Christian Emperor…?   The Western Roman emperor is lying on his deathbed. The previous emperor, Diocletian, had famously split […]

The Indo-European Hero

Photo Sources: Scoop Whoop A Comparative Study of the Aeneid and the Mahabharata By Kushal Modi   Introduction The cultures of Ancient Rome and Ancient India are descendants of a common Indo-European culture that flourished in the steppes of the Caucasus several thousand years ago. As several world cultures developed from this proto-culture, they retained […]

Two Approaches to Examining Slave Presence in the Plautine Audience

Perspective view of a Roman Amphitheatre Reviewing Brown and Richlin in Conjunction & Comparison By Sara J. Chopra   I. Background   To the people of ancient Rome, spectacle was an immense aspect of daily life. Whether it be chariot races, festivals, or city-wide processions, these events collectively contributed to Roman arts and performance culture. […]

Blood, Lead, and Tears: The Cult of Cybele as a Means of Addressing Ancient Roman Issues of Fertility

By Jordan Reece Tayeh Introduction Divinity has many faces in the Ancient Roman world, none more intriguing than the garland-wearing, lionhearted Phrygian mother-goddess Cybele. Whereas other Phrygian gods and goddesses were left behind, Cybele and a select few others remained alive in the Roman world. But why? According to most scholars both ancient and modern, […]