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What is a pontoon bridge? History of science

By |2017-09-08T09:08:30+00:00September 8th, 2017|Science, West Asia|

A pontoon bridge from the Column of Marcus Aurelius, in Rome A pontoon bridge is a temporary bridge that you make by lining up a lot of boats crossways across the river, and then putting wooden planks over the boats to make a bridge. You can see one in the picture. It's a fast way [...]

Marcus Aurelius – last of the five good Roman emperors

By |2018-04-25T10:04:09+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, riding on a horse Marcus Aurelius was the last of the five good emperors. He came to the throne when Antoninus Pius died in 161 AD. Like Seneca and many other Romans, Marcus Aurelius believed in the Stoic philosophy. One of the first things he did as emperor was to insist on sharing power [...]

The five good emperors – Rome’s golden age

By |2018-04-25T10:04:09+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

The Roman emperor Domitian, assassinated in 96 AD When Domitian was assassinated in 96 AD, people were very much afraid that it would be like after the assassination of Julius Caesar, or after Nero's suicide, and there would be another civil war. Quickly the Senate met and chose one of the senators to be emperor. The Roman emperor [...]

Column of Marcus Aurelius – Roman art

By |2018-04-24T23:47:56+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome Marcus Aurelius' column was actually not built by Marcus Aurelius himself but by his son Commodus, about 180-190 AD. Commodus wanted to remind people in Rome about his father's victories in a war against the Marcomanni north of Rome (in modern Switzerland). It's a lot like Trajan's Column, but art styles had [...]