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3 09, 2017

Year of the four emperors – History of Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:02:49-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Nero With the end of the family of Augustus, some people thought that Rome might go back to being a real Republic again. But nobody really remembered how to do that, and anyway they were too afraid of civil wars. But they got civil wars anyway, for the next year. Nero killed [...]

3 09, 2017

Constantius and Julian – Later Roman Empire

By |2019-04-23T21:36:54-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Constantius II, son of Constantine Constantine II, Constantius, and Constans The Roman emperor Constantine died in his 60s in 337 AD. His three surviving sons split the Empire among them, but they soon fought among themselves, and with rebels in Gaul (France). There was a big civil war. Who was Constantine? [...]

3 09, 2017

Claudius – Roman emperor – Ancient Rome

By |2019-04-08T19:34:16-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Claudius (died 54 AD) Claudius's family Claudius was born in 10 BC in the city of Lugdunum in Gaul (modern Lyons, France). His mother was Antonia Minor, Mark Anthony's youngest daughter with Octavia, and his father was Drusus, Tiberius' younger brother. Who was Mark Anthony? Who was Tiberius? Julio-Claudian emperors All our Ancient Rome [...]

2 09, 2017

Caligula – Emperor of Rome – Ancient Rome

By |2019-02-26T20:45:28-07:00September 2nd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Caligula Why was his nickname Caligula? Caligula's real name was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (after his ancestors Julius Caesar and Augustus). But everyone called him Caligula because when he was a little boy he lived in military camps where his father was the general. In the camps, he wore [...]

2 09, 2017

Roman government – ancient Rome

By |2019-09-15T06:59:46-07:00September 2nd, 2017|Romans|5 Comments

The Senate house had great big bronze doors on it. (One of the Popes moved those doors to a Christian church in Rome, but they're still the same doors). From 500 BC to nearly 1500 AD, for two thousand years, Roman government had more or less the same system. Of course there were some changes in Roman government over that time too! [...]

26 08, 2017

Domitian’s palace – Domus Flavia – Roman architecture

By |2019-05-15T05:48:39-07:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|0 Comments

This is the facade, or front entrance, to Domitian's palace, the Domus Flavia Why did Domitian build the Domus Flavia? Vespasian, the first emperor of the Flavian Dynasty in Rome, had been popular because he lived plainly and acted like he was equal to everyone else. The Flavian Emperors The Colosseum Roman architecture All our [...]

23 08, 2017

Pliny, Trajan, and the Christians

By |2018-04-24T23:10:19-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

The Roman emperor Trajan (A.D. 98-117) in the Vatican. By the time that Trajan was the Roman Emperor, around 100 AD, Christianity was definitely illegal. We have some letters written by Pliny, the governor of Bithynia (in Turkey) to the Emperor Trajan, asking for advice about some Christians Pliny had found in Bithynia. Pliny understood that if the Christians confessed they [...]

21 08, 2017

History of Christianity – World Religions

By |2018-04-09T23:07:26-07:00August 21st, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

One of the earliest images of Jesus, from St. Callisto catacomb in Rome (ca. 250 AD) Around the time of the beginning of the Roman Empire, a new religion began among the Jews living in Israel: Christianity. People seem to have felt that these new governments - these big empires - needed bigger, more organized religions to stand up [...]

1 08, 2017

Basil, Zoe, and the Armenian Dynasty

By |2019-02-11T05:19:54-07:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Basil starts the Armenian Dynasty In 867 AD, Basil killed Bardas and took over as Roman Emperor. 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.) More about Bardas High Middle Ages All our medieval Europe articles Basil's foreign policy Basil continued [...]

1 08, 2017

Anastasius to Justin – Byzantine history

By |2019-01-26T09:28:33-07:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

The Byzantine empress Ariadne, who married Anastasius. Now in the Louvre museum in Paris Anastasius becomes Roman Emperor When the Roman Emperor Zeno died in 491 AD, his widow Ariadne chose one of Zeno's advisors, Anastasius, to become the new emperor (and she married him too). Back to Zeno All our Roman Empire articles Early Medieval articles Zeno left the [...]