While we do most things much better than we did a couple thousand years ago, concrete is not one of them. The ancient Romans invented concrete, and their secret concret recipe has not been bettered by anyone ever in terms of longevity. But now we know their secret.
Thanks to the volcanic ash that destroyed the city of Pompeii nearly overnight, modern archaeologists have been given a very preserved look at the lives of the people of ancient Rome, and that includes some of the lewd graffiti that in other places has long since been washed away.
A small bronze statue dating back nearly 2,000 years may be that of a female gladiator, a victorious one at that, suggests a new study. If this is the case, it would only be the second known depiction of a female gladiator.
Several months ago, we posted a link to a really epic discussion on Reddit, where someone asked the question “Could a battalion of modern Marines take down the entire Roman empire under Augustus?”, and one Redditor by the name of Prufrock created a gorgeous tale of a hard fought battle. And now that thread is being turned into a movie.
Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?
This would have been a great daily discussion question had I thought of it, but I didn’t think of it. It was Redditer The_Quiet_Earth that thought of it, and it turned out to be a really interesting discussion, mainly to due a Redditer named Prufrock451 (any Farkers know if this is the same Prufrock that used to do Fark PS contests a lot a few years ago?).
This ancient Roman helmet, discovered by a guy with a metal detector in Crosby Garrett, just south of the Scottish border recently fetched $3.6 million at auction at Christie’s in London. The helmet, complete with facemask has been described as a near-perfect example of Roman metalwork at its zenith.