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The Rise and Fall of Pants in Ancient Rome: From Ban to Commonplace Couture

Togas and tunics were the fashion in ancient Rome for both men and women, but the Roman Empire covered a large area of the map. Thus, conquered cultures had their own dress with many wearing pants. Romans hence began...

Τhe British Legend of King Arthur Conquering Greece

According to legend, King Arthur was a powerful king ruling in Britain in the era just after the Romans left the island. One obscure tale speaks about the time when King Arthur conquered Greece. Is there any historical basis...

How Did Etruscan Civilization Influence the Roman Empire?

Etruscan civilization predated the Roman Empire by hundreds of years, and as such, the Romans were profoundly influenced by many Etruscan practices, including types of farming, methods of artwork, religious rituals, and even clothing styles. The Etruscan civilization flourished in...

What Was Ancient Egypt Like Under Roman Rule?

The Ptolemaic Dynasty ruled Egypt for nearly three centuries. This Greek dynasty came to an end when the Romans defeated the famous Mark Antony and Cleopatra. What was Egypt like under Roman rule? How was it different or similar...

Strabo: The Ancient Greek Geographer Who Mapped the World

The ancient Greek geographer Strabo is one of the greatest writers of the ancient world, devoting his life to studying, writing, and traveling. He left behind a substantial body of work. Strabo (or Stravon, Στράβων in Greek, 64 or 63...

Archaeological Finds Show Ancient Greeks Visited Egypt as Tourists

Evidence preserved on papyri and ostraca as well as in graffiti indicates ancient Greek and Roman tourists visited Egypt to observe and admire the Egyptian civilization. While in ancient times people traveled—sometimes quite far—to worship, written evidence that has been...

The Ancient Greeks’ Contribution to the Development of Modern Laws

  The ancient Greeks, or Hellenes, have contributed significantly to the foundation and development of various academic disciplines. It has been said that the Greeks were masters in the art of legal subtlety, but they lacked a legal science, as...

Belisarius: The Commander Who Expanded the Byzantine Empire to Its Greatest Extent

Belisarius is the much underrated military commander of the Byzantine Empire who led the armies of Justinian I in reclaiming enormous swathes of the former Western Roman Empire from northern Africa to the Italian peninsula. Much of Belisarius' early military...

3000-Year-Old Shipwreck Emerges from Bottom of Mediterranean Sea

The Zambratija, the oldest boat in the Mediterranean built entirely by hand, is about to begin a new phase in its long history. This ancient shipwreck, lying on the Adriatic seafloor in Croatia for thousands of years, is now...

Roman-Era Wine Shop Discovered in Greece

Archaeologists in Greece discovered a 1,600-year-old Roman-era wine shop that met its end due to a sudden event, possibly an earthquake or building collapse. The findings include broken vessels and sixty scattered coins, offering a glimpse into the past. This...