Juan Cole / Informed CommentMay 14, 2018
For hundreds of years under the Romans, Jews were excluded from the city by law. Ironically, it was Iran and Muslims who rescued them from that exile. Dig deeper ( 5 Min. Read )
Eric Ortiz / TruthdigMar 22, 2018
Our addiction to empire is killing us. When will we recognize that this planet is big enough for every global citizen to have a patch of serenity? Dig deeper ( 5 Min. Read )
Juan Cole / Informed CommentDec 24, 2017
In today’s U.S., Dreamers are undocumented young people who were brought here as children—much as Christ's parents took him to Galilee. Should he have been deported? Dig deeper ( 5 Min. Read )
By Juan Cole / Informed CommentOct 17, 2016
The phrase "bread and circuses," coined by a Roman satirist who said the commoners had to be provided food to prevent their rioting and public spectacles to distract them from Augustus' tyranny, rings true today—with a key difference. Dig deeper ( 5 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigDec 21, 2011
Historians used the Gini coefficient, a modern measure of wealth inequality, to compare disparities between the classes in the Roman Empire 150 years after the death of Christ and those in the United States today. The ancients, with their ranks of plebeians, patricians and senators, scored slightly better than we did. (more) Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigSep 5, 2011
Police walking a beat in Rome have more than pickpockets to look out for. A new rash of vandals and treasure hunters has afflicted the home of the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church, a city so stuffed with artifacts it is difficult to protect. (more) Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigMar 24, 2009
The Nixon tapes have yielded untold, er, riches over the years, and here's yet another nugget, featuring Nixon in a wide-ranging conversation with Bob Haldeman and John Erlichman on the subject of homosexuality. The discussion begins with a dissection of an episode of "All in the Family" and then spins off to such topics as how homosexuality "destroyed the Greeks," the Roman Empire and San Francisco. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
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