Trenches, Training and Television: the importance of community engagement to the success of the Rutland Villa Project — ULAS News

The story of the magnificent discovery of the Trojan War mosaic and the Rutland Roman Villa captured the world’s attention when its discovery was finally announced to the public in late 2021.  We were incredibly proud that the media attention shone a very positive light on the archaeology of Rutland, and in turn the collaborative […]

Trenches, Training and Television: the importance of community engagement to the success of the Rutland Villa Project — ULAS News

Roman Lifestyles in Rural Rutland: Fresh insights give context to a unique Trojan War mosaic — ULAS News

Finding a unique Roman mosaic featuring gruesome scenes from the Trojan War cycle may have been more than enough for some people, but archaeologists have curiosity running through their veins, and this Summer we have returned to Rutland to discover more about this amazing new villa and the people who lived there. John Thomas, Deputy Director […]

Roman Lifestyles in Rural Rutland: Fresh insights give context to a unique Trojan War mosaic — ULAS News

Roman Religion: Politics and Sacrifice — Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

There was no clear distinction between religion and politics for the ancient Romans (1).  The state expended its resources on the celebration of rituals and festivals. State festivals were great occasions accompanied by parades and especially so after a military victory when the victorious general dressed as the god Jupiter and entered the city accompanied by […]

Roman Religion: Politics and Sacrifice — Bishop’s Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

Mithraeum I, III and V in Poetovio (Ptuj, Slovenia) — Szabó Csaba

For those who are familiar with the Roman cult of Mithras it is not surprising, that Poetovio, one of the most important Roman settlements of south Pannonia (today in Slovenia) was a central place in the diffusion of the cult in the 2-3rd century AD. The quantity and quality of the Mithraic finds from Poetovio […]

Mithraeum I, III and V in Poetovio (Ptuj, Slovenia) — Szabó Csaba

The Cimbrian War: A New Roman War Machine — Roman Imperium

The threat of a Germanic invasion had nearly bought Rome to its knees. Yet the Romans would rally and change their way of fighting, but this would affect the long term stability of the Republic.

The Cimbrian War: A New Roman War Machine — Roman Imperium

Jupiter, Dies Pater of the Romans — Neptune’s Dolphins

Known as The Shining Father (“Dies Pater”), Jupiter (Iuppiter), according to the Romans, is the Ruler of the Cosmos. Jupiter Optimus Maximus (IOM) is the Supreme Roman God. As the Lord of the Sky, He makes his will to be known through thunder and lightning. Any piece of land struck by lightning belongs to Him […]

Jupiter, Dies Pater of the Romans — Neptune’s Dolphins

Roman Gods of the Month: September — Neptune’s Dolphins

For Romans, September is the month of sacred games to honor Jupiter Optimus Maximus. Later in the month, the Capitoline Triad, the Gods of State, is honored with a feast. At the Ides, a nail is driven into a post at Jupiter’s Temple. This was to advert the plague for another year. (By counting the […]

Roman Gods of the Month: September — Neptune’s Dolphins

Roman Gods of the Month: August — Neptune’s Dolphins

When Julius Caesar reformed the Roman calendar, the Roman Senate voted to name a month for him – “July.” Caesar’s calendar (known as the Julian Calendar) featured alternating months of 30 and 31 days. July of course had 31 days. In contrast, February had the fewest days – 29, with leap year adding an extra […]

Roman Gods of the Month: August — Neptune’s Dolphins

The Spirits of Ancient Rome — Neptune’s Dolphins

For the Romans, the world was full of spirits. Because they lived in a numinous world, Numina (spirits) could be found in growing crops or in the act of traveling. Moreover, places and things had their native spirit. In addition, the Romans regarded values such as “victory” as being numinous. The Spirits of the Place […]

The Spirits of Ancient Rome — Neptune’s Dolphins

The Limes in the Germanic Provinces and Rhaetia during the Imperial Period – Gateway to a New World or Border Wall of Civilization? — European Origins

1 Introduction The Limes in the Germanic provinces and in Rhaetia was long regarded in older research as a „bulwark against the barbarians“ (Bakker 1997, p.111), as a border wall of the Imperium Romanum and thus as the border of the civilized world of antiquity against the Germanic „Barbaricum“. In recent decades, however, this view […]

The Limes in the Germanic Provinces and Rhaetia during the Imperial Period – Gateway to a New World or Border Wall of Civilization? — European Origins