One year of silence…

I am aware that my last post is well over a year ago, and this is why: during this period of silence I was busy trying to complete a Master in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. It has been a hell of a year, partly because of the academic challenges, partly because Oxford is…

Augustus, Vorenus and Pullo

– Historical characters in the television series ‚Rome‘ We all know the successful series ‘Rome’, aired by HBO (same producer as Games of Thrones!) for two seasons in 2005 to 2006. You might have heard about it from a friend, a relative or even your history teacher. There is a respectable reason for its huge…

Interview with Christian Giegerich (ProSieben)

I met Christian Giegerich infront of the large building complex of the German television broadcasting company ProSieben in Munich (Germany). He was casually dressed with shirt and jeans and greeted me in an even more relaxed and youthful way. I was led into the inside of the building which was, to me, like entering Wonderland. The offices were decorated…

Announcement: I n t e r v i e w

Our long-term series on the adventures of Spartacus and his fellow gladiators has come to an end. But don’t despair, the final comes with a stunner! The next article will be an interview with the German television producer, Christian Giegerich (ProSiebenSat.1) who gave me some exciting inside view on how the film industry feels about the…

Games of death in the arena

The sound of wind instruments fills the air and the audience calls out the names ‘Spartacus!’, ‘Crixos!’ while the spectators are overcome with euphoria as the two gladiators enter the arena in their shining armour – splendidly and courageously. The battle begins and the music transforms gradually into loud, 21st century rock music. Spartacus, a…

Heroism vs Slaughter

Gladiators are most commonly associated with their combats in the arena. The next article will tell you all about the ancient games and how it is nowadays illustrated in films and television. Spartacus is back…soon!

The Daily Life of a Gladiator

Due to new findings from a gladiator cemetery by the University of Vienne in Ephesus (west coast of Turkey), we now have a different perception of the ways gladiators lived in the ancient world. Daily life in the so-called ladus (Latin for gladiator school) can now be reconstructed from the analysis of skeletons through which…

Return of the SPARTACUS

Watch out for the new article coming out soon on ‚The Daily Life of a Gladiator‘. Again this article will focus on archaeological evidences on the life and habits of a gladiator and how today’s extremely successful TV series „Spartacus – Blood and Sand“ depicts these topics.

Behind The Scenes – The British Museum

Since January 2015, I have been a volunteer at the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum in London. This has been an honour to me in many ways. For obvious reasons a volunteer placement is very competitive, scarce and utterly desirable by many Humanities students. The reasons for this are, as I…

What’s Next?

After this admittedly long Winter and Christmas break, the very first article of 2015 will start with a slightly different topic. I thought that it might be interesting to share my experiences as a volunteer at the prestigious and world wide known museum – THE BRITISH MUSEUM. After a month or so there, working  on…

Spartacus – Hero or Barbarian?

There is very little evidence on the existence of Spartacus, all of which comes from ancient written sources and is in connection with the great Servile Wars and the the so-called “Spartacus Revolt“. Especially Appian and his reports on the raging Civil Wars of the late republican era (App. Civ. XIV 116 – 121) and…

Humans, Heroes and Gods

„I am Spartacus!“ Those are the words that made them immortal – the heroes of our time. But where did their journeys start or more importantly, how did they come to your TVs? In the 50s one genius invention was made to chase away all the sadness of your greyish daily lives and colour them…