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Roman North Africa – Carthage to Augustine

By |2018-02-08T23:51:24-07:00October 3rd, 2017|Africa, History|

Roman North Africa: This is the amphitheater in ancient Carthage where Romans killed Christians during the Decian persecution. Carthage controls the Mediterranean By the 300s BC, the North African port of Carthage was actively engaged in policing the whole Mediterranean. Carthage made treaties, for instance, with the Etruscans in Italy, to protect the Etruscans from [...]

Roman army from the Republic to the fall of Rome

By |2019-03-22T08:39:21-07:00September 5th, 2017|Romans, War|

Testudo formation on the Column of Trajan, Rome What did the Roman army do? The Roman army fought many wars over the long history of the Roman Empire. For hundreds of years they won pretty much all of their wars. In the early days of the Roman Republic, they beat the Etruscans. Then they beat [...]

Polybius and the rise of Rome – Roman history

By |2018-04-25T08:57:46-07:00September 4th, 2017|Literature, Romans|

Snow in Athens (thanks BBC!) Polybius (po-LIB-ee-us) was a rich Greek man, who was born in the Greek city of Athens, about 200 BC. When the Romans conquered his city-state, they demanded some hostages from that city. The Romans took these hostages to Rome, and they said if the city-state tried to get free of Roman rule, or did [...]

First Punic War – Carthage and Rome

By |2019-06-09T16:05:46-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Sicily seen from space (the tip of Italy is on the right): the First Punic War was fought here. We know the Roman side Most of what we know about the First Punic War comes from either Polybius or Livy: they were on the Roman side. We don't have any Carthaginian history books anymore. Who [...]