At Pax Romana, numismatics is one our specialities – and passions! Coin collecting is a hobby that extends back to antiquity, originating with the Ancient Greek. Notable early enthusiasts include the emperor Augustus himself, amassing an extensive collection of coinage and developing a recorded habit of gifting old and exotic coins to friends and courtiers … Read More Your Coin Collection: Where to Start
Allow this to be your gateway to what we do here at Pax Romana. On our blog you can find guides to our auctions, articles about ancient history as well as advice on buying and owning antiquities.
Ever wanted to know the basics of collecting a historical period? We’ll give you an overview of the history, tell you what to collect and what to look out for!
Curious about history and want to read in depth about a topic? Then our Long Reads section is right for you, learn about the most ancient civilisations here!
Whether you want to know what exhibition to visit, what book on ancient history to read next or how to display your new piece of ancient art…this is the place to look!
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Think of an Egyptian mummy: what comes to mind? Layers of linen wrapping, a gilded sarcophagus? Now think again: who would be inside that ‘mummy’? You probably envisioned something along the lines of Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus (c.1323 BCE, Egyptian New Kingdom), replete with a gilded death mask and elaborate detailing. Likewise, you probably imagine the mummy … Read More Debunking the Mummy: the Truth about Egyptian Burial Customs
Jewellery was a staple of both classical Greek and Roman civilisation, both as a marker of political status and as an expression of social and economic capital. Luxury goods waxed and waned in popularity, responding to wider political circumstance and levels of affluence in the classical period. Consider, for example, Plato’s fervent warning in Republic … Read More Our Guide to Classical Jewellery
Nestled in the foothills of the Hindo Kush mountains in North-West Pakistan, the ancient Gandhara civilization has a compelling artistic history. An important centre on the burgeoning Silk Road linking Europe with Central Asia and China, Gandhara’s prosperity made it a highly contentious territory. Following invasion by Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedonia) in … Read More How did the Classical period influence Gandhara art?
Reading any piece of classical literature can be quite the undertaking – let alone when the classics you are interested in are thousands of years old. Want to know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Plato, Republic For the politico, Republic is a fantastic read. Considered by many to be Plato’s seminal dialogue, Republic … Read More Want to Read the Ancient Classics? Here’s where to start
Of all our Classical inheritances, perhaps the most enduring is the tradition of the Olympic games. In its modern recreation, the Olympics retain many aspects of the ancient games: the lighting of the Olympic flame, the valorisation of individual strength, and the enjoyment many spectators derive from watching. However, in ancient Greek culture, the Olympic … Read More The Ideal Greek Athletic Body : Athletic Beauty in Ancient Greek Sculpture
When it comes to Ancient Greek helmets, there are seemingly countless types to learn about spanning across the many years of the classical period. That’s why we have produced our ultimate guide to the most influential Ancient Greek helmets, to help inform you of what might want to add to your collection next! Boar Tusk … Read More From the Corinthian to the Phyrgian Helmet – Our Greek Helmet Collection Guide
After the death of Alexander III of Macedon in 323 BC, his vast empire spanning from Greece to Bactria was carved up among the so-called Διάδοχοι (‘diadochoi’, translating to successors) through what are commonly referred to as the ‘Wars of the Diadochi’ (322–281 BC). At the end of these complex wars, spanning about fifty years, … Read More Coins and Power: Early Hellenistic Coin Portraiture from the Ptolemies to the Seleukids
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 … Read More Viking Artefacts – A Collecting Guide to Jewellery and Weaponry from the Viking Era
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 … Read More History of Ancient Writing – Mesopotamia, Egypt and China
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