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Constantine I The Great

Name at birth: Flavius Valerius Aurelius ConstantinusConstantine I came to the throne when his father, Constantius, died in 306. After defeating his rivals, Constantine became the sole ruler of the R…

Pliny the Elder

Gaius Plinius Secundas (Pliny the Elder) was a Roman official and military officer who also wrote as a naturalist, biographer and historian. He is most known for his only extant work, a 37-volume Natu…

Julius Caesar

Full name: Gaius Julius CaesarCaesar is remembered as one of history's greatest generals and a key ruler of the Roman empire. As a young man he rose through the administrative ranks of the Roman repub…

Caligula

Name at birth: Gaius Caesar GermanicusCaligula was emperor of Rome from 37-41 A.D., and in four short years established a reputation for strange behavior which has endured for 20 centuries. Son of the…

Caesar Augustus

Name at birth: Gaius OctaviusThe greatest ruler of Rome, Caesar Augustus was a conundrum: a ruthless politician and soldier who used his power to restore order and prosperity to Rome with such success…

Corvinus

[a raven]. Janos Hunyady, Governor of Hungary, is so called from the raven on his shield. There were two Romans so called- viz. Valerius Maximus Corvinus Messala, and Valerius Messala Corvi…

How Do We Know About Ancient History?

Gaius Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15th, 44 BCE by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, and many other conspirators. Historians agree on the names of the key people involved, w…

Cenotaphs

The most noted in ancient times- ÆNEAS to Deiphobus (Æneid, 1. 6: v. 505). ANDROMACHE (4 syl.) to Hector (Æneid. 1.3; v. 302) ARGENTIER to Kallaischros (Anthologia, bk. iii.…

Death from Strange Causes

Æ'schylus was killed by the fall of a tortoise on his bald head from the claws of an eagle in the air. (Valerius Maximus, ix. 12, and Pliny: History, vii. 7.) Agathocles (4 syl.), ty…