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On August 24, 79 A.D., a small town in the Roman province of Campania, on the western shore of Italy, was stopped dead in...

Famous Roman Gladiators

But, not all notorious gladiators won fame for their prowess in the bloody competition that entertained the Roman masses. Several of the best known...

Roman North Africa And Cultural Interaction

Many cultures interacted in the Roman province of Africa, centred upon the region known as Africa Proconsularis (i.e. modern Tunisia and northern Libya) Prior to...

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...

Swords of the Roman Empire

Although many kinds of swords were used by the military, gladiators and civilians of the Roman Empire the best known are the Parazonium, the...
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