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Julia Maesa and the later Severan dynasty – history of Rome

By | 2017-09-03T21:16:44+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

The Roman emperor Septimius Severus and his family Septimius Severus died in 211 AD, and he left the Roman Empire to his two sons, Caracalla and Geta. His last advice to them was to take care of the army, and never mind anybody else. But from the beginning Caracalla and Geta did not [...]

Commodus to Alexander Severus – the Roman Empire

By | 2017-09-03T20:36:03+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|History|

The Roman emperor Commodus, Marcus Aurelius' son Marcus Aurelius, unlike the other Good Emperors, had a son. His son's name was Commodus, and when Marcus Aurelius died in 180 AD Commodus took over the Roman Empire. But Commodus, like the later Julio-Claudians or like Domitian, had grown up at court, and liked partying more than he liked fighting [...]

Arch of Septimius Severus – Roman art

By | 2017-08-31T10:40:13+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Arch of Septimius Severus. You can see the Roman Senate in the background. Septimius Severus was a Roman emperor about 200 AD who decided to put up a stone triumphal arch in the Roman forum in order to remind people about his military victories over the Parthians east of Rome. In this picture, you can see the Roman Senate House in [...]

Baths of Caracalla – Roman architecture

By | 2017-08-25T23:38:31+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Baths of Caracalla Roman emperors often built huge public bath buildings for the people of Rome to enjoy. The largest one, and one that also happens to be very well preserved so we can still see it today, was the one built by the Emperor Caracalla, about 200 AD. When you first came in, you went into a big [...]

Basil, Zoe, and the Armenian Dynasty

By | 2017-08-01T16:42:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|

Basil I (867-886 AD) Basil killed Bardas and took over as Roman Emperor in 867 AD. That started the Armenian Dynasty. People call it that because of Basil's Armenian ancestors. (Sometimes people call it the Macedonian Dynasty because Basil was born in Macedon.) Basil continued basically the same policies as Bardas had. He was nice to the Bulgars [...]