In the year 79 CE, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii under 20 feet of ash and pumice. The city was then lost for over 1,500 years until it was rediscovered in the late 16th century. Because it was so well preserved, it remains one of the best archaeological sources for ancient Roman culture.
Columbia Professor James Shapiro interviewed Bard College Professor James Romm about his new book, Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero, at the 42nd New York Public Library on Tuesday night. Was Seneca the Machiavelli of the ancient world or inspiring moral philosopher?
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy of high stakes and high drama, both in love and war. It’s historical celebrities, “based on a true story” appeal, plethora of human folly, and heartbreaking ending make it a story as compelling in 2014 as it was in the first century BCE.