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The House of Augustus and the House of Livia

The House of Augustus and the House of Livia

Discover the home ruins of Octavian, later to be known as Augustus the first Emperor of Rome, and Livia, mother of Tiberius, who was also to become an emperor in Rome's future

17th Mar 2016

5 highlights of the Pinacoteca in the Vatican Museums

5 highlights of the Pinacoteca in the Vatican Museums

The Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museums is home to an astonishing collection of painting with artworks of Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Perugino, Fra' Angelico and ohter great artists.

10th Mar 2016

Going underground at the Colosseum

Going underground at the Colosseum

How many times do you go through the Gate of Death in the Colosseum? For many gladiators, only once. Walking through on the arena floor and looking up is an awe-inspiring experience

29th Feb 2016

Artemisia Gentileschi: the story behind the beheading

Artemisia Gentileschi: the story behind the beheading

Discover Artemisia Gentileschi's striking interpretation of Judith Slaying Holofernes in the Uffizi Gallery and learn of her struggles and triumphs

25th Feb 2016

North Africans in Ancient Rome

North Africans in Ancient Rome

As the Roman Empire grew, so did the number of outsiders settling in Rome. Discover how an African movement would change the course of Rome, politics, and the Catholic Church

15th Feb 2016

Emperor Nero: Tyrant or misconstrued?

Emperor Nero: Tyrant or misconstrued?

A look at modern theories on how Emperor Nero is considered the most infamous emperor of ancient Rome

12th Feb 2016

Privilege and punishment: the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome

Privilege and punishment: the Vestal Virgins of Ancient Rome

Devoting your life as a Vestal Virgin to the State and retaining your chastity was an honour, awarded with great privileges, but one mistake could lead to being buried alive.

9th Feb 2016