Catacombs of Domitilla

The Roman Underworld: Catacombs, the Cloaca Maxima and hidden routes

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Tunnels and Passages: The Hidden Routes of Roman Engineering. The Roman underworld include various underground structures such as catacombs, underground passages, and sewers, notably the … Read more

Cloaca Maxima

Cloaca Maxima: An Engineering Marvel of Ancient Rome

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The Cloaca Maxima: How Rome Mastered Waste Management Millennia Ago. The Cloaca Maxima (Latin: Cloāca Maxima, literally “Greatest Sewer”) served as one of the earliest … Read more

Catacombe di Priscilla

The Catacomb of Priscilla: Rome’s Ancient Christian Burial Site Explored

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A Detailed Look at the Frescoes and Relics of the Catacomb of Priscilla. The Catacomb of Priscilla is situated along the Via Salaria in Rome, … Read more

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Catacombs of Callixtus and the Crypt of the Popes

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From Creation to Decline: The Lifecycle of the Catacombs of Callixtus. The Catacombs of Callixtus, also referred to as the Cemetery of Callixtus, are situated … Read more

When Fascists Dictated Pronouns

Names, Words, and Pronouns: Italianization Under Fascist Rule

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Italianization and Linguistic Policies during Fascist Italy. Caption of the cartoon in the featured image: Here Lies the LEI, whose delicate constitution could not withstand … Read more

Mithraic relief, Tauroctony, about 160 CE, Royal Ontario Museum

Ancient Roman Magic: Superstitions and Mystical Symbols

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Magic and Religion in the Roman Society. In ancient Roman society, the realms of magic and superstition occupied a unique and often complex space. Far … Read more

Apartment Living in Rome: Insulae Life and Culture

Apartment Living in Ancient Rome: Insulae Life and Culture

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Ancient Rome’s Urban Dwelling: Insulae’s Daily Life and Culture. In the bustling city of ancient Rome, a significant portion of the urban population lived in … Read more

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Roman Vacations: Leisure and Pleasure in Ancient Times

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How Ancient Romans Spent Their Holidays. The Roman Empire, which spanned from Western Europe to parts of Asia and Africa, is renowned for its military, … Read more

A Marriage in the Moon, 1910, Pioneering Italian Sci-Fi

“A Marriage in the Moon” (1910): A Pioneering Italian Sci-Fi Gem

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“A Marriage in the Moon” – Italy’s Early Foray into Sci-Fi Cinema. In 1910, Italian cinema offered its audience a whimsical vision of interstellar love … Read more

Why Did Futurism Leave Behind Cinema?

The Cinematic Paradox of Futurism: Why Did the Movement Leave Behind Movies?

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Futurism and Cinema: An Unexpected Disconnection. In the context of 20th-century art movements, Futurism is notable for its emphasis on modernity and technological advancement. Born … Read more

View of Lake Averno extending to Baia and Capo Miseno, from the Domitian Way

The Mythical Gate of Hell at Lake Averno

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Lake Averno has long been seen as the portal to the netherworld, a belief echoed by figures like Dante and Aeneas. This mystical body of … Read more

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How Hundreds Fell for Italy’s “Sovereign State of Antarctic St. George”

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What Made Hundreds Believe in a Fictional State? The “Sovrano Stato Antartico di San Giorgio”—the Sovereign State of Antarctic St. George—was a phantom nation that … Read more