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Death, Funeral Rites and Burial in Ancient Rome

Written by Lauren Groff, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Romans had an enormous reverence for their ancestors and for death itself. What were their beliefs and customs surrounding the passing and burial of their loved ones?  Belief In the Afterlife It was exceedingly important for the Romans to leave an enduring memory of themselves behind

The Truth About Roman Gladiators (and How They Live On)

Written by Jacek Czarnecki, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom  Fearless warriors battling each other to the death while providing entertainment to a blood-thirsty audience: that’s how most people envision the Roman gladiators. However, this image is shaped more by film than historical reality.  The first gladiator games took place in 264 BCE, although the origins go