A *slightly* impulsive booking of a trip to Rome was such a good idea. Being that ancient Rome is by far my favourite period of history to study, I really wanted to visit this place for myself, seeing some of the most iconic buildings and artwork which exist today in Rome. One night when Mads…… Continue reading A Trip to Rome
Despite not knowing any where near as much as we do about medicine and diseases, ancient societies did have their own ways of diagnosing and treating illnesses. Most were completely ridiculous and probably made matters much, much worse, however some of their beliefs and techniques were actually quite effective. With an underlying belief (or perhaps…… Continue reading Ancient Illnesses & How They Were Treated
One thing about ancient history that never fails to interest me, and (at least I hope) the people I chat about history to, is the really strange cultic rituals the ancient Greeks and Romans got up to. There are far too many to write about in this short blog post, and I’m almost certain that…… Continue reading Ancient Cults & Rituals
If you have heard any stories about the emperors of ancient Rome, you are most likely aware of the fact that some of them were slightly unconventional, by today’s standards. Many tales have been told about the infamous emperor Caligula- he has a particularly bad reputation, often described as being a cruel and unstable tyrannical leader, who made extravagant demands of his subjects.
Having only hearing of the legacy of Sulla, rather than the acts of the man himself, I was pretty excited for my lecture about his dictatorship. He represented a turning point in Roman politics, setting an arguably damaging precedent for the future of the republic. In his early career, Sulla, coming from a lesser-known…… Continue reading Salty Sulla and How He Ruined Rome
When asked the question “so what do you study?”, responding with “ancient history” can often result in someone belittling the subject, often without intent. From my experience, people assume that events that happened so far in the past hold little relevance to the modern day, and that ancient history is a relatively easy subject that…… Continue reading Ancient History and Why it’s Important
There’s a really pretty part of Manchester alongside the canal underneath the railway bridge. Knowing very little about Manchester’s history, I was (embarrassingly) excited when I saw a sign pointing towards a Roman fort just a few metres away from where I was. Right away, I turned the corner and found a replica built on…… Continue reading Manchester