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
Sep 2, 2004
More updates to the Roman Writers section have been added. Dio Cassius Diodorus Siculus Eusebius Frontinus Galen
Sep 1, 2004
This chapter Caesar’s Advancement and Conspiracy, follows Caesar on his political journey up the Cursus Honorum. This part of his career begins with his election as Pontifex Maximus, a look at his involvement in the Cataline Conspiracy and his election as urban praetor.
Aug 31, 2004
The Roman Timeline 3rd Century AD covers the turbulent period between 200 and 300 AD. Beginning somewhat stable under Severus, this century in Roman History, broke down into a long series of military emperors, rebellions and enemy invasions. Near the end of the century it finally begins to stabilize under Diocletion, setting the stage for [...]
Aug 30, 2004
Caesar returned to Rome in 73 BC as a member of the college of Pontiffs and immediately began working on his political career. He lived well beyond his means, and started down a course of extravagance, both for political gain and personal pleasure. From expensive slaves to collectible arts, Caesar spared no expense in creating [...]