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4 09, 2017

Cicero – Stoicism – Roman philosophy

By |2019-04-03T19:17:23-07:00September 4th, 2017|Philosophy, Romans|0 Comments

Cicero's philosophy: a bust of Cicero (Capitoline Museum, Rome) Who was Cicero? In the last years of the Roman Republic, great men like Julius Caesar and Pompey fought over which of them would rule Rome. Cicero was one of the last men to stand up for the old Republic. The Roman Republic Roman philosophy All [...]

4 09, 2017

Virgil – the Aeneid – Roman poetry

By |2019-01-24T05:51:34-07:00September 4th, 2017|Literature, Romans|0 Comments

The death of Dido, Queen of Carthage, from an illustrated copy of Virgil's Aeneid, about 400 AD Who was Virgil? Virgil was a poet who lived during the civil wars in Rome and then in the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus, just before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Late Republic More Latin literature All our [...]

3 09, 2017

Visit Italy with kids! Sights to see

By |2019-10-08T06:08:35-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval, Romans|0 Comments

Visit Italy with Kids: Leaning Tower of Pisa Will people welcome my kids? They sure will! Visiting Italy with kids is a blast, because many Italians are very friendly to other people's children and everyone will always be talking to your kids, helping you out, making them laugh, and generally helping you have [...]

3 09, 2017

Second Punic War – Carthage and Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:05:10-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

Hamilcar (Hannibal's father) (We know about this mainly from Polybius and Livy) The Carthaginians had a lot of trouble paying the money the Romans demanded from them after the First Punic War. So their general Hamilcar decided to take over some of southern Spain. There were rich silver mines in southern Spain that would help Carthage pay the Romans. But at the same [...]

3 09, 2017

First Punic War – Carthage and Rome

By |2019-06-09T16:05:46-07:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|0 Comments

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 [...]

31 08, 2017

Arch of Constantine – Roman art

By |2018-04-24T23:48:41-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

Arch of Constantine in Rome, with the Colosseum in the background When Constantine killed Maxentius in the battle of the Milvian Bridge, in 312 AD, he marched triumphantly into Rome. After the victory parade was over, Constantine decided he wanted people to remember this victory, and he put up a large stone triumphal arch, like [...]

31 08, 2017

Ara Pacis – Altar of Peace – Roman art

By |2019-01-29T19:38:41-07:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|0 Comments

The Ara Pacis - the Altar of Peace. Originally it was outside, but today a roof protects it. Who built the Ara Pacis? When the Roman emperor Augustus took over Rome after the civil wars at the end of the Roman Republic, about 30 BC, he built a Altar of Peace (Ara Pacis in Latin), to show that [...]

31 08, 2017

Trajan’s Markets – Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:46:55-07:00August 31st, 2017|Architecture, Romans|0 Comments

The view from Trajan's Markets After the Forum of Julius Caesar and the Forum of Augustus, later emperors also built more extensions on to the Roman Forum, to make more room for businesses. The emperor Trajan built a new forum about 100 AD. The front of Trajan's Markets, facing his forum and Trajan's Column In the forum, between [...]

28 08, 2017

Temple of Castor and Pollux – Roman forum

By |2018-04-24T23:44:28-07:00August 28th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|0 Comments

These three columns are what is left of the Roman temple of Castor and Pollux in the Forum The Temple of Castor and Pollux is at one end of the Roman forum, near the Arch of Septimius Severus. During the battle of Lake Regillus against the Etruscans, in 496 BC, some people said they had seen the [...]

27 08, 2017

The Pantheon – Roman Architecture

By |2019-09-10T06:52:25-07:00August 27th, 2017|Romans|21 Comments

Hadrian's Pantheon from the outside. Built in Rome, around 120 AD. Who built the Roman Pantheon? In the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus, about 10 BC, one of his generals, a man named Agrippa, built a temple in the middle of downtown Rome "to all the gods". A temple to all the gods is a Pantheon, which [...]