Category: Discover the Past

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Viking Artefacts – A Collecting Guide to Jewellery and Weaponry from the Viking Era

A lot of the ancient civilisations that have left us the most remarkable artefacts are found in the Mediterranean and in Asia. Not only was this area the ‘birthplace of civilisation’ but drier conditions allowed items to be beautifully preserved for millennia. However, there’s another well-known civilisation slightly closer to Pax Romana’s London home. Characterised for their violent invasions and pillaging, the Vikings were … Read More Viking Artefacts – A Collecting Guide to Jewellery and Weaponry from the Viking Era

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History of Ancient Writing – Mesopotamia, Egypt and China

When you ask how we define a ‘civilisation’, one of the common answers is the act of record keeping and therefore, writing. Indeed, writing developed across the world in different languages and styles, with the earliest examples reaching back 5,500 years ago. Items that display ancient inscriptions are some of the most sort after and can tell the best stories. Therefore, we want to … Read More History of Ancient Writing – Mesopotamia, Egypt and China

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5 Best Courses to do in your spare time on Ancient History – Free and Paid

Although we can learn about Ancient History from documentaries or books, sometimes it’s easier to learn in a structured system – like a course. Of course, traditionally these courses were held in a university or college. However, now there are plenty online for you to participate in! In this article we want to run you through the best ancient history courses that are both … Read More 5 Best Courses to do in your spare time on Ancient History – Free and Paid

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What is the Grand Tour Period? A Guide to the 17th & 18th Century Phenomenon

When looking through an antiquities catalogue, it’s not uncommon to see pieces described as ‘style’ or as being from the ‘Grand Tour Period’. For a collector at the beginning of their antiquities journey these terms can be confusing. In this article, we want to run you through what the Grand Tour was, who went on it and ultimately how that relates to the antiquities … Read More What is the Grand Tour Period? A Guide to the 17th & 18th Century Phenomenon

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Ancient Spears – The Story of Ancient History’s most common Weapon

Out of all of the ancient artefacts we share and sell here at Pax Romana, ancient weaponry is always incredibly popular. If you wanted to start collecting ancient weaponry, spears are a great place to start. The spear as a weapon is versatile. They’re found across the ancient world and can be made of a variety of materials. For example, the oldest known examples … Read More Ancient Spears – The Story of Ancient History’s most common Weapon

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Where is Mesopotamia? And other questions on Ancient Babylon you want the answers to

When learning about ancient history the different civilisations might be hard to delineate and define in your mind. However, a great starting place are peoples known as the cradle of civilisation. These civilisation include the Indus Valley, Ancient Egypt, Ancient China and, today’s focus, Ancient Mesopotamia. A people known for their early writing and economic system, in this article we’re refering to the period … Read More Where is Mesopotamia? And other questions on Ancient Babylon you want the answers to

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Ancient Rings– 4 Ancient Ring Types you should know about!

What makes jewellery so special are the stories they can tell. This is especially true when it comes to ancient jewellery and more specifically ancient rings. Finger rings are found in archaeology as early as the third millennium BC in the Indus Valley Civilisation. These early rings were just the start of what has become a millennia long love affair between people and rings! … Read More Ancient Rings– 4 Ancient Ring Types you should know about!

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Classical Marble Statues – A Complete Guide to Greek and Roman Marbles

Classical Marble Statues are perhaps some of the most iconic artefacts from Classical Antiquity. They range from staggering full body pieces to tiny fascinating fragments. Their beauty and recognisable nature means they are some of the most sought-after pieces in auctions across the world. Even better, this means they don’t tend to lose value. Once they were out of reach for mid range buyers … Read More Classical Marble Statues – A Complete Guide to Greek and Roman Marbles

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How does Ancient Warfare impact Modern Wars and Military Tactics?

They often say that history repeats itself. This isn’t completely true, but you couldn’t be criticised for noticing some of the similarities between ancient and modern warfare. Whether it was the insignia of the Romans or the tactics of Ancient Chinese warriors, there are clear conscious and subconscious influences through a lot of modern history. Greek Although many civilisations had had impressive armies and … Read More How does Ancient Warfare impact Modern Wars and Military Tactics?

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Ancient Depictions of the Buddha – Buddhist art from Ancient India to China

In the west, it’s not uncommon to see representations of the Buddha used in the home as decoration.  However, it’s important to remember that these decorative pieces follow a long tradition of making statues in the Buddha’s likeness for spiritual and religious purposes. In this article we want to guide you through the history of Buddhism. We’ll teach you how these statues would have … Read More Ancient Depictions of the Buddha – Buddhist art from Ancient India to China

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Ancient Egyptian Amulets – A Complete Guide

When you think of Ancient Egyptian Artefacts your first thought is likely to be Tutankhamun’s death mask or great Sarcophagus. However, some of the most common pieces are small amulets that were placed in burials or carried around in everyday life. In this article we run you through the study of these amulets and the different types to look out for. What are Amulets? … Read More Ancient Egyptian Amulets – A Complete Guide

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Indus Valley Civilisation – What is the Indus Valley Civilisation? Can I collect their art?

If you read any literature about ancient history, you’ll often hear of the Indus Valley Civilisation as one of the first of the world civilisations. It’s intrigued historians for generations and has been the focus of various books and documentaries. However, today we want to demystify some of the frequently answered questions about this civilisation as well as give you a guide to the … Read More Indus Valley Civilisation – What is the Indus Valley Civilisation? Can I collect their art?