Cato the younger: The noblest of all the Romans

The last days of the Roman Republic were home to some true titans of history, the likes of Anthony and Cleopatra, Cicero and the most famous Roman of all Julius Caesar have all been committed to the annals of history. These characters have survived in our imaginations because of the times of which they lived [...]

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Vestal Virgins: Purity, Punishment and Privilege

Amongst the ruins of the Roman forum sits the temple of the Vesta, goddess of home, family and hearth. Although easily missed the ruins of this temple, still the home of a few statues of the women themselves was one of the most influential institutions of ancient Rome from her earliest days until a relatively [...]

Woe to the Vanquished

In 390 BC a Gallic army marched on the city of Rome, routed the defending army and sacked the city bringing the Roman state and people to their knees. It was entirely possible that the Romans could have been totally wiped from the records, nothing more than a spec of dust in the footnotes of history. [...]

The writings of Plutarch

The inaugural article of this blog (The Histories Continued) was concerned with the writing of Herodotus and a brief etymology of history as we recognise it today. Herodotus' style of writing set the precedent for other writers such as Thucydides and Xenophon to cover the significant events of their day which still stand as Titans of classical [...]

Life and Death in the Arena

The ancient world was a tough place and was often void of entertainment and leisure time activities that we are accustomed to enjoying today. In ancient Rome, the two main spectator sports were chariot racing at the Circus Maximus and Gladiatorial combat at the Flavian Amphitheatre, named after the dynasty of Emperors who ruled during its construction (70-80AD) [...]