Ancient History and

Exploring the Ancient Past

 The Online Resource for Ancient History and Archaeology

Ancient History and is an online resource for anyone interested in the ancient past.

Topics are listed on the right hand side of the page. You can also visit the Ancient History and Archaeology pages for articles specific to those themes. Or browse below for featured articles and popular topics.


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Whats New?

June sees the start of my new weekly series of articles about Roman religion. Each week on Decoded Past, you can read about the gods and goddesses of the roman empire, with features on festivals and religious events of the week.

Here's the articles so far:


 As I live in Leicester , I will be perfectly placed for reporting on the reburial ceremony of Richard III in 2015. To learn more about what this will involve, please see my latest article on the subject, below.


Finally, my latest Leicester book with The History Press , "Leicester in 100 Days" is now at the proofing stage.  More details about the publication date soon! In the meantime, here's a look at the cover.......

Featured Articles

Celebrated on the 5th July, the origins of the Poplifugia are so obscure, it even confused the Romans! So is it possible to unravel the mystery of its meaning?

The 24th June was the festival date of the Roman goddess of good fortune. So how exactly did the Roman's celebrate-and why?

Popular Topics


Emperors, politicians, famous freedmen and notorious slaves. Discover the famous and infamous personalities of Rome.


Discover pioneering sites and historic discoveries such as the rediscovery of Richard III as archaeology reveals the details of medieval life from around the globe.


Houses, gardens, gladiators, business women and industry. Discover the everyday life-and the death of this Campanian town, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.