Ships in the Gladiator Ring

Ancient Rome saw gladiatorial combat on a regular basis. Battle for entertainment was a regular staple of the era. In 46 BCE, Julius Caesar decided to up the ante. 6,000 prisoners of war were placed in ships to fight against one another in a massive staging of naval battle. This was only the beginning of […]

Spurious Pearls

              Listen to this article: Pearls have been coveted,┬árare and beautiful objects for thousands of years. Their difficult-to-harvest nature has always meant a larger price. Generally, that restricted pearls to wealthier owners. Ancient Romans were some of the first to find methods of faking a pearl (by coating glass […]