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    Exploring The Pantheon of Agrippa (Video)

    The Pantheon of Agrippa, erected in 25 BC during Marcus Agrippa’s consulship, exemplifies ancient Roman architectural ingenuity. Initially featuring a grand porch leading to a rotunda, its dimensions and proportions mirrored those of its later iterations. Despite succumbing to fires in 80 AD and 110 AD, Agrippa’s vision endured through subsequent rebuilds. Historical records reveal the Pantheon’s intricate design, with soundings indicating its…

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    Roman Brothels, the Controversial Ancient Societal Hubs

    Ancient Rome had a very vibrant and complex society, where prostitution played a major role. It was legal, licensed, and very common. In fact, brothels occupied a unique and controversial position in Rome’s society. These establishments, known as ” lupanaria,” were integral parts of Roman urban life, catering to the varied desires of citizens, soldiers, and travelers alike. Operating under…

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    Clash of Titans: The Roman-Etruscan Wars of Ancient Italy

    The Roman-Etruscan Wars represent a significant chapter in the ancient history of ancient Italy, marking the clashes between the burgeoning power of Rome and the advanced civilization of the Etruscans. Spanning the centuries, these conflicts emerged from territorial disputes, cultural differences, and ambitions for dominance in the Italian peninsula. The interactions between Rome and Etruria shaped the political landscape of…

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    What Happened in Rome’s Circus Maximus? (Video)

    The Circus Maximus, a sprawling amphitheater nestled between the Palatine Palace and the Aventine Hill, epitomized the grandeur of ancient Roman entertainment. Originally a venue for celebratory games, it blossomed into a multifaceted arena under the influence of Greek chariot racing, hosting diverse events like animal hunts and triumphal processions. Constructed in various phases, the Circus Maximus reached its zenith…

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    Early Roman Colony Excavated in Southern France

    PARIS, FRANCE—A 100-foot-long section of stone curtain wall and the foundation of a round tower thought to have been part of a warehouse district have been uncovered at Narbonne, the site of the first Roman colony outside of Italy, according to a Miami Herald report. The colony, called Colonia Narbo Martius, was founded in 118 B.C. on the Mediterranean coastline…

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    Tacitus: The Master Chronicler of Ancient Rome

    Publius Cornelius Tacitus, better known as just Tacitus, is arguably one of the most illustrious figures in Roman historiography. His writings cast a profound light on the intricacies and nuances of ancient Rome, establishing him as a historian of great significance. Born around 56 or 57 AD into a distinguished provincial family, Tacitus rose to prominence as a senator, orator,…

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    Maximinus Thrax’s Turbulent Rule: Rome’s Unsuccessful Soldier-Emperor

    The history of the vast and powerful Roman Empire was defined by its many rulers. After all, talented emperors were responsible for maintaining that venerable and very complex social machine. However, not all emperors were skilled, and some were terribly flawed. What is more, many of Rome’s Emperors hailed from the ranks of the army and their brief reigns often…

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    Coin Reveals Ancient Rome’s Fight Against Voter Intimidation

    David B. Hollander/The Conversation This silver denarius, minted over 2,000 years ago, is hardly the most attractive Roman coin. And yet, the coin is vital evidence for the early stages of a political struggle that culminated in Caesar’s assassination and the fall of the Roman Republic. I first encountered this coin while studying Roman history in graduate school. Its unusual design gave me…

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    The 8 Worst Roman Emperors and Their Dastardly Deeds

    The history of the Roman Empire is filled with tales of grandeur, conquests, and the rise and fall of mighty rulers. From a small city-state, it rose in power, became a kingdom, a republic, and ultimately the world’s largest empire. And to keep such an empire alive, it had to have powerful leaders. However, amongst that multitude of emperors, there…

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    Piracy in the Ancient Mediterranean and the Notorious Cilicians

    Piracy (in its maritime context) is thought to have existed ever since the seas were used by merchants as trade routes. The Mediterranean Sea was no exception, and piracy has been notorious in this region since ancient times. Tales of pirates in the Mediterranean were recorded by the ancient Romans (the most famous incident being the kidnapping of Julius Caesar…

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