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Roman fibula from 7th century BCE

Scientists believe that the inscription on Roman fibula is the earliest use of Latin. The object is dated to the 7th century BCE. The inscription on the object is written in old Latin: MANIOS MED FHEFHAKED NVMASIOI. The same inscription... Read more

Julius Caesar and fauna of Germania

The Romans were curious about the world. Conquered lands were not only a source of raw materials, food or cheap labor. Information about new conquered territories was evidence of how far the authority of the Roman Empire reach. The victorious... Read more

Roman vessel with face image

Roman vessel with face image. Object dated to 2nd – 3rd century CE. Ceramics was found in Azanja (Serbia); similar objects were created in the Roman city of Viminacium – located on the present eastern lands of Serbia.... Read more

“Pecunia non olet”

The emperor Vespasian was an extremely accurate and thrifty person. He translated his traits into public life. He reformed the finances of the state, primarily strengthened the treasure, which was heavily ruined by Caligula and Nero. Roman historians, Suetonius and... Read more

Bronze statuette depicting Roman soldier

Bronze statuette depicting a Roman soldier. Artifact found in Gradac (Croatia). Object is dated to the 2nd century CE.... Read more

Roman testudo – defensive formation of legions

Romans used the testudo formation to protect themselves from the enemy’s fire. The legionaries resembled a turtle-covered shell – hence the name. It was a compact rectangular formation in which the legionnaires (usually 27) from the first row and from... Read more

In northern England two Roman gems were discovered

In the former Roman camp Vindolanda, in northern England, two precious stones were found. Ornaments are so-called gems – carved with precious stones from carnelian and red jasper, showing the gods Minerva and Apollo. According to the researchers, the adhesive... Read more

Stink and dirt in ancient Rome

Ancient Rome is known for beautiful villas and majestic buildings in which the elite of the country lived. Most, however, of Roman society lived in small apartments, single rooms or apartments without any facilities. They collected water from public wells... Read more

Tombstone from Ambleside fort

Tombstone from the Ambleside fort in England. There is an inscription saying that Flavius Romantus was killed in the camp. The object is dated to the turn of the second and third century CE.... Read more

Marriage of Ataulf and Galla Placidia

Galla Placidia was the native sister of the West Roman emperor – Honorius. In 410 CE she was captured by the Visigoths, who, commanded by king Alaric, captured and plundered Rome. While in captivity, she accompanied the Visigothic army in... Read more

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