Tullianum lower dungeon: The round opening in the roof was used to lower prisoners into the cell. The hole in the center of the floor, into which the white cord disappears, is the spring. Ariel David

Archaeologists Reveal Secrets of Roman Prison That Held Both Christian Saints and Jewish Rebels

The Tullianum dungeon, older than Rome itself, was where Romans locked up their worst enemies: from the Great Jewish Revolt leader to (supposedly) St. Peter and St. Paul.

One of the world’s oldest and most terrifying prisons, reserved for ancient Rome’s fiercest enemies, has reopened to the public after years of excavation that have revealed new clues about the very birth of...

skip all comments


Sign in to join the conversation.

Required field
Required field

By adding a comment, I agree to this site’s Terms of use

  1. 1