DNA Analysis of Ancient Rome Reveals a Cosmopolitan Megacity

(Credit: leoks/Shutterstock) A new collection of DNA from ancient Romans spanning 12,000 years shows how the population of the empire’s capital shifted along with its politics. Published in Science, the timeline is one of the first to examine what genetic information from archaeological digs says about the region after the time of hunter-gatherers and early farmers. The analysis found that ancient Romans were from all over Europe, the Near East and northern Africa. “Rome was a cosmopolit

Immigrants from the Middle East shaped Rome

Thu 7 Nov 19 from Science Now

Early Rome featured a surprising amount of genetic diversity

During its long history, Rome has been shaped by a tremendous amount of genetic diversity. It was, new research suggests, one of the earliest urban melting pots.

Fri 8 Nov 19 from UPI

Ancient Rome: a 12,000-year history of genetic flux, migrations and diversity

Scholars have been all over Rome for hundreds of years, but it still holds some secrets - for instance, relatively little is known about where the city's denizens actually came from. Now, an ...

Fri 8 Nov 19 from Newswise

Ancient Rome: a 12,000-year history of genetic flux, migrations and diversity, Fri 8 Nov 19 from Eurekalert

Stanford researchers lay out first genetic history of Rome

(Stanford University) Despite extensive records of the history of Rome, little is known about the city's population over time. A new genetic history of the Eternal City reveals a dynamic population ...

Thu 7 Nov 19 from Eurekalert

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