Ancient History

Exploring Modern Pompeii

Author: timetravelrome /

Pompeii is an amazing park. It plunges the visitor into a vision of Roman life, and also brings its human tragedy into sharp focus. Yet years of digging, poor early oversight, and improper protection of the site have forced frequent rebuilding. Many buildings are not ancient, but reconstructions meant to return the city to some semblance of its former glory. It doesn’t detract [...]

The Battle of the Teutoburg

Author: timetravelrome /

The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD was one of the darkest episodes in Roman military history. Inflicted upon an Empire at its pinnacle, at a time when contemporary writers were boasting of an imperium sine fine, the defeat at Teutoburg resulted in the complete and sudden annihilation of the XVII, XVIII and XIX legions, some sixteen to twenty thousand men [...]