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Livy – Roman historian – History of Rome

By |2017-09-03T22:45:24+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Literature, Romans|

The Roman historian Titus Livy Livy was a Roman historian who was born in northern Italy about 59 BC, in the Late Republic, when Julius Caesar was just beginning his career. Livy moved to Rome and wrote his books during the reign of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. For a while, he may have been the history teacher [...]

First Punic War – Carthage and Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:04:35+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Sicily seen from space (the tip of Italy is on the right) (Most of what we know about this war comes from either Polybius or Livy): By 274 BC, the Romans had taken over all of Italy. Then a Greek city that was NOT in Italy asked the Romans to help it out in a war. This city was in Sicily, [...]

Claudius – Roman emperor – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T09:12:35+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

The Roman emperor Claudius (died 54 AD) 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. Because his mother was the emperor Augustus' niece, Claudius was related to Augustus. And his uncle Tiberius was [...]