1,500-year-old ‘Christ, born of Mary’ inscription discovered in Israel

Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,500-year-old inscribed Christian blessing that begins, “Christ, born of Mary,” the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported Wednesday (Jan. 20).  The stone inscription, written in Greek, was once part of a lintel (the structure that spans the top of door frames) that decorated the entrance of a church, located in what is […]

Roman citizens paid emperor piles of silver to leave them alone, inscription reveals

An ancient Greek inscription dating to the second century A.D. is essentially a thank-you note for a shady cash gift, a new translation reveals. The inscription immortalized the words of a Roman emperor who accepted piles of silver from a city anxious to demonstrate its loyalty.  During a time of political upheaval in the Roman […]