Sep 18, 2004
Another book review has been submitted by forum member Ursus. Gods of Ancient Rome by Robert Turcan There comes a point when any serious Romanophile has to study Roman religion outside of an elementary school mythology class. The Romans, after all, were a deeply pious people. Religion was not separated from everyday life, it was [...]
Sep 17, 2004
Conquest of Gaul As the campaign year of 56 BC opened, Caesar found that Gaul still wasn?t quite ready for Roman occupation. In his own words: ?he reflected that almost all the Gauls were fond of revolution, and easily and quickly excited to war; that all men likewise, by nature, love liberty and hate the [...]
Sep 16, 2004
More updates have been added to the Roman Writers section… Juvenal Livy Lucan Lucian Lucretius
Sep 15, 2004
As the Gallic Wars of Caesar progressed, the first aggression by the Gallic Celts came from the Belgae. At the battle of the Sambre River Caesar avoided near defeat to begin the subjugation of Gaul.
Sep 14, 2004
Tin in the ancient world was an important if somewhat secondary commodity. Tin was widely used in many metal works, but its most prominent use was in combining to make the alloy Bronze. Though found in various places throughout Europe, a prime source, and closely guarded secret before Roman domination, was the province of Britain
Sep 13, 2004
After his victory over the Helvetti, Caesar was asked for help by other Gallic tribes against Germanic incursions into Gaul. Ariovistus and the Suebi were a formidable Germanic tribe who presented a legitimate threat to both the Gauls and Caesar.
Sep 10, 2004
The beginning of the Gallic Wars of Julius Caesar was precipitated by the migrations of the Celtic Helvetti. Attempts to resettle from modern day Switzerland to the western coast of Gaul gave Caesar the excuse he needed to go to war, beginning the conquest of the entire Gallic province.
Sep 9, 2004
The great and highly advanced waterway system known as the Roman Aqueducts, are among the greatest achievements in the ancient world. The running water, indoor plumbing and sewer system carrying away disease from the population within the Empire wasn?t surpassed in capability until very modern times. The Aqueducts, being the most visible and glorious piece [...]
Sep 8, 2004
Gallic Wars Julius Caesar took official command of his provinces of Illyricum, Cisalpine Gaul and Transalpine Gaul in 59 BC. His original desire was likely to pursue glory against the further reaches of Illyricum and Dacia, but events in his new provinces soon changed the plan. In Gallia Narbonensis, the stretch of southern France connecting [...]
Sep 7, 2004
Continuing the Roman Writer section… Aulus Gellius Herodian Horace Josephus Julian the Apostate
Sep 6, 2004
The First Triumvirate was a private and completely unofficial agreement between Caesar, Crassus and Pompey in order to establish enough mutual support to enact their political agendas. This coalition included far more than the 3 men, but its ability to make a difference required these main players to work together for mutual benefit…
Sep 4, 2004
As a continuing part of the continuing Roman Economy section, Trade Goods has another addition. Roman Glass discusses the uses and historical detail of the commodity in the Roman world.
Sep 3, 2004
Just as Caesar was finishing his term as urban praetor, and Pompey was returning from the east, the home of the Pontifex Maximus was rocked by the Clodius Scandal