Ancient Rome

Columns, foundations, and churches spread out around the city of Rome on a sunny day.

Is Trump the new Nero?

Barry Strauss is an expert in all things Roman. He joins The World’s Marco Werman for a talk about Roman history and how its legendary figures compare to our modern politicians.

Wrong beach? Ceasar's forces first landed in Britain in 55BC.

Wrong beach? Two British towns may not actually be where Caesar landed in 55 B.C.

Ancient latrines

A new study tracks the ancient Roman economy using the city’s early lead plumbing

People walk along the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Jerash

Seawater in the pores? It’s what made Roman concrete great.

Freemason symbol

Conspiracy theorists aren’t all deranged weirdos. They’re friends, family members and people you meet on the street.


Italy turns to shoe company billionaire to pay for Colosseum rennovations

Italy’s historic Colosseum has been showing its age in recent years. There are cracks in the walls and pieces have even been falling off. But, with Italy’s budget in a crunch, the government had to turn to private funds, from Tod’s owner Diego Della Valle, to fix it up.

Negative Campaigns and Big Money: Election Season in the Ancient World

In a recent edition of The New Yorker, staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore chronicled the  rise of political consulting  and the negative campaign. Clem Whitaker and Leone Baxter founded Campaigns, Inc. in the 1930s and their work helped defeat Upton Sinclair in his bid for Governor of California.   Whitaker and Baxter may have started the […]

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Holiday books for kids

Lifestyle & Belief

Anchor Marco Werman checks in with our book critic, Christopher Merrill, for his recommendations for holiday books for children.