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Apotropaic Art: Amulets and Phallic Pendants in Ancient Cultures

Across the ancient world, we find a number of pieces that would have been worn by their owners for the sake of protection – primarily amulets. Jewellery of this apotropaic nature most often takes shape in the form of pendants, and we find them in abundance from a number of civilisations, especially Egypt and Ancient  … Read more

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Pompeii and the Explosion of Mount Vesuvius: “It was like lightning”

Pompeii, situated in southern Italy near Naples, has become instrumental to modern understanding of what life was like in the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire. After the explosion of Mount Vesuvius, a nearby volcano, in AD 79, the entire town was covered by several metres of volcanic ash and pumice – and thus  … Read more

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Roman Egypt

The term ‘Roman Egypt’ applies to Ancient Egypt from 30 BC until the fall of the Roman Empire. It was in 31 BC that Augustus (then Octavian) defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Rome and Egypt had had a lot of contact before this point, but it was in 30 that  … Read more

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Roman Medicine and Medical Tools

During the Roman Empire, bronze was the most used material for daily life objects: Romans poured melted bronze in clay moulds in order to create little artefacts. A lot of items that we use nowadays were already used in Ancient Rome. This is the case for tweezers, which were mainly used, as today, to remove unwanted hair,  … Read more

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Ancient Roman Jewellery

Ancient Roman jewellery was an essential public display of wealth. Roman jewellery at first followed the trends set by the Etruscans. Examples of Roman jewellery from this early period, 7th-1st century BC, are extremely rare. Gold was very scarce and the little gold that existed was used for trading and warfare rather than for personal  … Read more

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