Qvadriga: Racing in Ancient Rome

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In 1984, Avalon Hill released a DOS version of their classic chariot racing board game, Circus Maximus. That was the last chariot racing strategy game released for the PC. It looked like this: Thirty years later, developer Turnopia reminds us what’s been missing from the gaming landscape: strong, turn-based, tactical chariot racing. That may sound [Read More...]

The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis in 3D

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Here’s a terrific video (Italian with subtitles) of the The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis, using slick animation to peel away the layers and provide a good view of the site. The area had been closed for a time for additional excavation and restoration, but is now open to public with even more sites to see. [Read More...]

The Mysterious Lycurgus Cup

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Here’s another entry in our “lost technology” file.  The 1,600-year-old Lycurgus Cup–which bears an image of Lycurgus trapped in the vines he tried to destroy*–has a strange property: it’s green until illuminated from a certain angle, whereupon it turns red. The secret has to do with nanotechnology: the Romans who crafted the cup ground down silver [Read More...]


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