Laura Hayward

Laura Hayward
Laura Hayward is a contributing writer and researcher from London, UK. She is a specialist in the field of Classics, in which she has either studied or worked for over twenty years. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Classics from University College London. She has also worked as a teacher of Classics in a leading independent school in London. Her particular areas of interest are Latin language and literature as well as Roman art and epigraphy.

Understanding Funerary Art in Ancient Greece and Rome in 6 Objects

  The commemoration of life through funerary art is an ancient practice that continues to be relevant in modern society. People visit the graves of...

Death In Ancient Rome: The Fascinating Relationship Between Life and Death

  Attitudes towards death in ancient Rome were complex and not confined to one particular viewpoint. This vast topic covers everything from beliefs about life...

Cybele, Isis and Mithras: The Mysterious Cult Religion in Ancient Rome

  Religion in ancient Rome shaped many aspects of daily life for all members of society. The polytheistic state religion with its pantheon of Graeco-Roman...

Minerva and Athena: Roman vs. Greek Goddesses of War

  The associations between Greek and Roman gods are very well known, from Zeus and Jupiter to Aphrodite and Venus. However, the Graeco-Roman pantheon of...

Sexual Assault Of Women In Ancient Rome

  Countless instances of harrowing sexual assaults on women have been documented by Roman historians, poets and orators. Evidence of such assaults dates from the...

The 6 Most Important Greek Gods You Should Know

  The polytheistic religion of ancient Greece consisted of a vast array of gods and goddesses and divine beings, from omnipotent Olympians to woodland nymphs....

Helen of Troy: Wronged Queen of Sparta or Shameful Whore of Troy?

‘Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?’ This quote is probably the most famous description of Helen of Troy. But it comes not...

Sparta: Home To The Fearless Spartans

Nestled at the foot of the Taygetus mountain range in the southern Peloponnesian region of Greece, known as Laconia, is the town of Sparta....

Ancient Greek Olympics: 27 Historical Facts On The Festival And Its Games

For over a thousand years, spectators and competitors from across Greece attended the ancient Greek Olympics. At this fascinating festival, they celebrated their religious beliefs alongside the sporting prowess of local athletes in a variety of events.

Celtic Gods: 8 Gods Worshiped In The Roman Empire

Historical evidence from the Roman Empire gives us a tantalizing glimpse into the world of the mysterious Celtic gods; ancient deities closely connected to the natural world and vital sources of human existence.

Magic In Ancient Greece and Rome

Magic in ancient Greece and Rome involved a number of varied practices, from the use of curse tablets to protective amulets. Each practice gives us a fascinating insight into everyday human life in the Classical world.

Who Were The Etruscans?

The Etruscans were an ancient Italian community whose language and culture remains largely a mystery. But the wealth of beautiful artefacts they left behind gives us some clues as to who these people actually were.

Emperor Nero: 5 Fascinating Facts on the Roman Ruler

The emperor Nero is infamous for the tyranny and brutality of his reign over the Roman Empire. However, the historical sources reveal that there might be more to this complex ruler than cruelty and violence.

8 Of The Most Incredible Fresco Paintings From Pompeii

The frescoes from Pompeii are more than just wall paintings from the Classical world. They present a fascinating glimpse into another culture, from its religion and mythology to its women and erotic ideals.