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Tombs

Like many communities, Rome restricted burials to the area outside the city (in Rome’s case, to beyond a sacred boundary called the Pomerium). A very few exceptions were granted to …

Part IX: Cities of the Dead

Being remembered by the living was fundamentally important to the dead, and tombs were an important commemorative gesture for both the rich and the everyday people of ancient Rome. Rome …

Matthew’s virtual tour: Residential areas

Whilst the ruins of many grand Roman monuments still remain, very few artefacts survive to give us a sense of the appearance and interconnections between the sprawling, everyday residential and …

Music in Ancient Rome (with audio)

Rome’s hills were alive with the sound of music, and it played an important part in worshipping the gods. In temples and ceremonies and also in the city’s theatres, streets, …

Exploring Local Religion in Rome

Rome’s monumental temples inevitably attract much attention, not only due to their architectural grandeur, but also their central role in elite performative religion. Nevertheless, for the majority of the population …

Performative Religion in Ancient Rome

Jupiter is called the Best (Optimus) and Greatest (Maximus) for this reason, not because he makes us just, moderate, or wise, but because he makes us safe, unharmed, rich and …

Matthew’s virtual tour: The Capitoline

Join me on a tour of what would have been one of the most dominant and overwhelming structures in ancient Rome: the Capitoline Hill. As you explore the model in …

Roman Religion and the Worshipped Gods

The religion of Rome was profoundly polytheistic, with all manner of gods, lesser deities and guardian spirits influencing almost every aspect of life. So many deities were known that, writing …

Encountering the evidence: Rome in poetry

In the second of our ‘Encountering the Evidence videos’, I meet with Dr Luke Houghton in the Ure Museum at the University of Reading to discuss poetry in ancient Rome. …

Matthew’s virtual tour: Forum of Trajan

Now that you’ve looked at Rome’s forum spaces, and at monumental structures such as arches and obelisks, let’s look at a complex that combines elements of both – Trajan’s Forum. …
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