Roman Empire

The Goths Take Rome

The distinction between centre and periphery was vital to the Roman Empire’s conception of itself. For centuries a rugged frontier, the land north of the Danube would produce one of Rome’s greatest foes.

Nero Versus the Christians

Was Nero the Antichrist? The bestial image of the Roman emperor persists in popular culture, but the truth is more complex.

Fallen Idols

In the ancient world, statues were not symbols of virtue and could take revenge on those who attacked them.

Pandemics: Now and Then

As human populations expand and their exploitation of the globe increases, so does their vulnerability to certain diseases.

Theft is Property

Antiquities were high stakes and high profit in 16th-century Rome, and no one was above breaking the law for loot.