Gladiators: What Were They Really Like?

The image of the gladiator is one that continually sparks the imagination, but does it match history’s real-life warrior?   Are You Not Entertained?   Fictional movies, books, legends, and TV shows depict towering swordsmen in a blood-crazed amphitheater. Most narratives portray them as renegade slaves, or captured individuals fighting for their lives against beasts and foes.…

What’s Gelato, Anyway? And Can You Enjoy it in the Winter?

Summer isn’t the only season for this chilled treat. Even under the crisp influence of winter, Roman gelato is delectable as ever. Before singing gelato’s praises however, let’s take a moment to summarise its properties. Its simplest translation into English is ‘ice cream’, and while it’s commonly used interchangeably with its Anglo-American relative, there are in…