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Food in Ancient Pompeii
During last year, when we visited the British Museum’s superb blockbuster exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, I wrote about the dining habits of the volcanically destroyed B…

A blog article about food, cooking and eating out in ancient Pompeii. Also interesting photos; (e.g Roman kitchenware)

Mythbusting Ancient Rome – Throwing Christians to the Lions

By the end of the 19th century, the image of cowering Christians huddled in the arena awaiting their deaths as lions prowled towards them was the defining symbol of Roman religious persecution and the subject of many famous paintings. But was the persecution a consistent imperial policy, and what types of punishments were really inflicted upon Christians?

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Fendi salutes Giuseppe Penone in a new exhibition
A towering forest of works by Giuseppe Penone is taking root in Fendi’s historic Rome HQ as a prelude to the Italian fashion house’s donation of a monumental commission to the city. Francesca Gavin has an exclusive audience with the artist. Photographs by Valentina Sommariva

The Catholic Church is having a difficult time finding new exorcists. Older priests who still perform the rites see up to 30 people a day and work closely with psychiatrists to separate mental illness from possession, but some suggest younger priests are becoming more afraid to spend hours in windowless rooms performing exorcism rites. Source