Ancient Rome

Artefacts discovered down well shed light on ancient Roman rituals

The objects, found within the Ostia Antica archaeological site in southern Italy, include burnt animal bones and a carved wooden chalice

Yoko Ono at Tate Modern: a closer look at ‘the world's most famous unknown artist’

Plus, Elton John‘s treasures at Christie’s and Factum Foundation’s reconstructed Roman colossus

Basilica Ulpia part-rebuilt on original colossal scale in Rome

But financing of the project by a now-sanctioned Russian oligarch has been condemned as an "embarrassment"

Roman funerary bed found in central London

Archaeologists are "blown away" by the levels of preservation of the finds at Holborn Viaduct, which also include five oak coffins, a decorated lamp, a glass vial, and jet and amber beads

UK museum reclassifies Roman emperor as transgender

According to research, Elagabalus asked to be called "lady" and preferred other feminine addresses

Ancient ruins of emperor Nero's theatre found in Rome

Objects ranging from the Roman to medieval period were found at the archaeological site, which will now be turned into a Four Seasons hotel

Italy condemns tourist who vandalised Colosseum with love note

Italian authorities have identified an English suspect who they believe is the man filmed carving the words “Ivan + Hayley 23” into the 2,000-year old structure

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Italy plans high-speed train between Pompeii and Rome to increase tourism to heritage sites

The €35m development will include a new train station adjacent to the Pompeii archaeological site

Vast Pompeii residence unveiled with panel depicting a giant penis

Newly-refurbished home belonged to former slaves who made their wealth in the wine business

The archaeological discovery of the century? What the San Casciano bronzes tell us about Roman and Etruscan life

The deposit of perfectly preserved statues in the heart of Tuscany reveals six centuries of cultural and political evolution

'A discovery that will rewrite history': 24 exceptionally well preserved bronzes unearthed by archaeologists in Tuscany

The artefacts, found at ancient Roman baths, are among the most “significant bronzes ever produced in the history of the ancient Mediterranean”

New art from the ruins of Pompeii: archaeological site launches digital fellowships

Contemporary initiative also includes new book with contributions from more than 60 artists such as Adrian Villar Rojas, Lara Favaretto and Michael Rakowitz

Intricate Roman mosaic is largest to be found in London in half a century

The “once-in-a-lifetime” discovery took place on a building site across the river from what would have been ancient Londinium

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McDonald’s blocked from building drive-through at Rome's ancient Baths of Caracalla

The council of state upheld a previous ruling preventing the fast food chain from opening at the popular heritage site

Remains of 'last fugitive' killed by Mount Vesuvius eruption unearthed at Herculaneum

Discovery announced as part of new excavations that will open up the ancient beachfront to visitors

Slaves' room unearthed in Pompeii reveals lives of marginalised citizens

Previous discoveries made during the excavation of the Civita Giuliana villa include a ceremonial chariot and the bodies of two men

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Classicist Mary Beard on the infamous Roman emperor Nero

Plus, London Gallery Weekend and Nina Katchadourian on her adopted grandmother's embroidery

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Walk through the 2,000-year-old Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome's first emperor

The circular tomb—used through history as a fortress, a sculpture garden and an entertainment venue—reopens as a museum after an €11m restoration

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'A democratic vote swayed by lies is not democracy'—Mary Beard on what antiquity can teach us about political spin

The recipient of the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal discusses how understanding Cicero can help decipher the rise of populism

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Book Review: The arch of time

From its invention by the Romans, the monumental arch has been a feature of the built environment ever since

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Immortality, Roman style : Hadrian celebrated at the British Museum

Hadrian was a politically savvy, calculating, vicious, lion-hunting, married, gay general in the best tradition

Metropolitan to return antiquities to Italy

20 items that were looted or likely stolen are to be restituted

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Letter: Nero is the subject of the Warren Cup

One of the British Museum's finest treasures may depict a notoriously licentious Roman emperor

Getty returns three stolen works to Italy

Curator voluntarily collaborates with Italy in accordance with museum’s policy

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In 1993 Rome’s town council began preparing for the Millennium. The debate has been over how much to alter Mussolini’s propagandistic exploitation of imperial remains

The priject to execavate the imperial fora of Augustus, Vespasian, Nerva and Trajan has been described as “every archaeologist’s dream”

Radar helps find amphitheatre without digging

New combination of techniques leads to important finds at ancient Italica