Rosaliae signorum - Rose Festivals of the Standards

It is likely that you will have seen, in films, maybe, or at re-enactment events, Roman standards being proudly carried at the head of troops.  This blog explores what a military standard was, and what it stood for, as well as examining the Rose Festivals, an important event in the Roman military religious calendar. Read more

Roman women and children Part 5 - Death and mourning

This blog is part 5 of the women and reproduction blogs and it looks at death and mourning in the Roman world. Read more

Roman women and children Part 4 - Childhood

This blog is part 4 of the women and reproduction blogs and it looks at childhood in the Roman world. Read more

Roman women and children Part 3 - Newborns

This blog is part 3 of the women and reproduction blogs and it looks at newborns in the Roman world. Read more

Roman women and children Part 2 - Pregnancy and childbirth

This blog is part 2 of the women and reproduction blogs and it looks at pregnancy and childbirth in the Roman world. Read more

Roman women and children Part 1 - Fertility

This blog is part 1 of the women and reproduction blogs and it looks at fertility in the Roman world. Read more

The Parilia Festival – Rome’s Birthday

Celebrated on April 21st, the Parilia or Rome's birthday started as a ritual to purify the flock. Find out more here. Read more

Flora the Goddess of Flowers

Floralias - is it a festival to pay homage to Flora, the goddess of flowers and blossoming plants, or a bawdy and pleasure-seeking celebration?  Well, a lot of both in my view. Read more

Ceres and the Festival of Cerialia

Whenever we talk about breakfast cereal and cereal crops, we are invoking the name of Ceres, the Roman Goddess of agriculture. So why did the Romans worship and celebrate her? What was her role? Why was she important? Find out more here. Read more

Megalesia and comparisons of ‘The Mother Goddess'

The Mother Goddess is one of the most important in Ancient religions.  The festival of Megalesia in Ancient Rome celebrated the Mother Goddess. This blog explores this festival and looks briefly at wider other Mother Goddess belief systems. Read more

Hadrian the Astronomer

Emperor Hadrian was a keen astronomer and there is surviving evidence of his love for the stars in three buildings in or near Rome. Find out more about these buildings and the impact of the stars on Hadrian's life. Read more

How did the Romans celebrate Spring?

You might think that this would be a simple question.  But for historians there are lots of things to consider when trying to answer this question as life was very different for people living in Roman Britain than it is for us today. Read this blog to find out more. Read more