Who were the Roman cops?

Modern Roman cops – Carabiniere (Author photo)

Thinking about police, gendarmes and emergency services in the past few days brought me to the law enforcers of Ancient Rome. Faced with terrorist attack (or riot, revolt and rebellion), they would have been robust in their attitude and actions. So who policed Rome?

Vigiles as […]

Honoria's Battle – A Roma Novan at the Battle of Vienna

 

A new Roma Nova short story set in the 17th century. What was Roma Nova’s role in the Battle of Vienna, the desperate fight to stop the last Ottoman advance into Europe? And who led the Roma Novan legionaries? Read on…

Midnight, 12 September 1683, at the gates of Vienna

‘How many dead, […]

Taking the plunge - Roman baths

The Baths at Caracalla, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1899

Baths were such an intrinsic part of the Roman world that we can’t think of one without the other. Everybody went to the baths – everybody.

Today we see bathing as something we do privately in the home, but bathing in Rome was a communal, social […]