The World’s First Newspaper: Rome’s Acta Diurna

The term “newspaper” is an antiquated word, but it has a very specific origin. In Rome, during the reign of Augustus Caesar (27 BC – 14 AD), there existed a program called Acta Diurna or Daily Events. This was the world’s first newspaper. It consisted of summaries and reports from around the Roman Empire. The acta were not published every day; sometimes they appeared once or twice per week and at other times as much as four times per day when news was current and urgent!