Thursday, November 26, 2020

Elite Gladiators – Rock Stars of Ancient Rome

Roman gladiators can be classified in various ways. One such way is by considering their star power. The gladiators with the biggest draw were considered...

The Cult of Isis in Imperial Roman Times

The Cult of Isis, long identified with Egypt, spread through the Mediterranean first through Greek Hellenization and later through the patronage of Roman emperors. She...

The Battle of Alesia: Julius Caesar’s Siege Warfare Masterpiece

The 52 BC Battle of Alesia was the concluding episode of Julius Caesar’s conquest of Gaul. Implementing a ruthless, classic strategy of siege warfare at...

Cupid and Psyche: A romance of mythical proportions

Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, was widely considered the most beautiful woman in the world, mortal or divine. So, you'd think...

Claudius: From Court Fool to Emperor of Rome

Ridiculed and ignored by the imperial family because of poor health and deficiency of social skills, Claudius rose to be an exemplary ruler. Under Tiberius...

Leptis Magna – An Ancient Roman City in Africa

Leptis Magna, a city on the coast of Libya, was a prominent city in Africa in the days of the Roman Empire. Leptis Magna, located...

Octavia, Wife of Nero: Seneca’s Tragedy – Roman Empress Octavia’s Marriage, Exile and Death...

Octavia was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Claudius and his wife Messalina. Her mother was executed in their childhood for committing adultery, and...

Rome’s Third Servile War: One of the First Great Battles Against Slavery

While many students of American history are probably familiar with the story of John Brown and his attempt to gain support for a slave...

Romans And Barbarians – Part 3

Sometimes the freedom enjoyed by the hitherto un-Romanized Britons was valued more highly than the supposed benefits of civilization, especially if that civilization was...

Romans And Barbarians – Part 2

Roman literature contains many instances of barbarians being led by their emotions and not considering the consequences of their action. This is presented as...