Dura-Europos is an ancient city in Eastern Syria, destroyed by war and abandoned in the third century AD. Excavations in the 1920s and ‘30s, renewed since the 1980s, have revealed spectacular remains of elaborately decorated buildings (including a painted synagogue and a very early Christian shrine), and astonishingly well-preserved artefacts. These famous finds led to the city being dubbed the ‘Pompeii of the Syrian desert’.
Founded by a seafaring people known as the Phoenicians, the ancient city of Carthage, located in modern-day Tunis in Tunisia, was a major center of trade and influence in the western Mediterranean. The city fought a series of wars against Rome that would ultimately lead to its destruction.
Hannibal led his troops from Carthage — the city in what is today's Tunisia — along with elephants over the Alps in 218 B.C. to shock the...
Incredibly detailed Roman portrait mosaic in the Museo di Capodimonte from the city of Pompeii. Found in the cubiculum of a house, this unique floor mosaic portrays a young woman of a rich family - probably the domina of the house, as indicated by the jewelry and the dress.
ANTINOUS must have loved dogs because the only domestic animal depicted with him in a portrait is a dog. There are other images which show him with wild animals, a boar and a lion, which were slain by Hadrian and Antinous on their various hunting expeditions.