Quality is at the heart of what we do at Pax Romana – as such, our vetting day is a really important part of our auction calendar. Before each of our auctions, our experts gather to appraise the lots and discuss their history and provenance. It is also a chance to take out any items … Read More Behind the Scenes – Our July Auction Vetting Day
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Before each of our auctions we now hold a Vetting Day, where both our experts and visiting scholars examine the lots. They’re a chance for our experts to take out pieces they aren’t completely confident in as well as discuss the lots exact age and purpose. It’s a day we always look forward to! For … Read More July Auction Vetting Day – Get to Know Our Experts
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
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 … Read More 5 Best Courses to do in your spare time on Ancient History – Free and Paid
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 … Read More What is the Grand Tour Period? A Guide to the 17th & 18th Century Phenomenon
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 … Read More Ancient Spears – The Story of Ancient History’s most common Weapon
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 … Read More Where is Mesopotamia? And other questions on Ancient Babylon you want the answers to
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 … Read More Ancient Rings– 4 Ancient Ring Types you should know about!
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 … Read More Classical Marble Statues – A Complete Guide to Greek and Roman Marbles
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