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…

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…

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…

The colours of the ancient world

Many of us might imagine the ancient world with its pale, spotless white marbling stones, but what if it wasn’t true? What if this glorious imagination of ours was deceived by many bright colours as red, yellow and blue? The statue of Phrasikleia, a 1.79 m tall grave statue, is preserved in an extraordinary good…