Aug 16, 2004
The Third Mithridatic War against Mithridates VI, King of Pontus, was really a continuation of the second. Lucullus, the Roman legate in charge of carrying out the war effort, was semi-successful, but ultimately unable to win a final victory. By 67 BC, he had been replaced by the Consul Glabrio, through the efforts of the [...]
Aug 14, 2004
Pompey arrived in his territorial command late in 67 BC with a large contingent of ships. His fleet was so large he was able to split the command between 13 naval legates responsible for various sections of the Mediterranean. 60 ships remained under his direct command, which he used as a mobile task force to [...]
Aug 13, 2004
Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) was born in 106 BC in the northern Italian town of Picenum. Though not a native Roman family, the Pompeys were moderately successful at making inroads into Senate seats. His father, Pompey Strabo, was elected consul in 89 BC, and was an accomplished general who served Rome in the [...]
Aug 12, 2004
During and after the gladiator slave rebellion of Spartacus there was impending Trouble in the East. The menace of Cilician Pirates, resistance to Roman rule on Crete, and Rome’s old nemesis Mithridates VI of Pontus remained a threat. Following the joint consulship of Crassus and Pompey, Pompey would eventually be granted unsual imperium to deal [...]
Aug 11, 2004
Due to the overwhelming success of Roman Empire Map we were encouraged to expand on this idea and are now beginning to produce highly detailed maps of each province, starting with Sicily. The Sicilia Map page (and each future province map) will show the exact location of the province as it relates to the empire [...]
Aug 10, 2004
With the emergence of Crassus as a competent Roman commander against the slave rebellion of Spartacus, the Defeat of Spartacus was only a matter of time. Still, the accomplishments of the gladiator general are still worthy of historical note, despite his victories against inferior Roman commanders in the Third Servile War.
Aug 8, 2004
Roman Province of Thracia According to the ancient sources, of which they are limited, the Thracians were considered a primitive race. The mountainous regions were home to various warlike and ferocious tribes while the plains were apparently more peaceable due to Greek contact and influence…. Roman Provinces Province Chronology
Aug 7, 2004
As the Republic continued its decline, the slave revolt of Spartacus was turning into open war. The Third Servile War examines the history of Spartacus and his Roman opponent, Marcus Licinius Crassus.
Aug 6, 2004
By the 1st century BC, the gladiatorial games were becoming more and more common as a form of entertainment (and mob distraction). As the political system of the Republic unraveled in the late to mid 1st century, hosting gladiator games were a near essential way for politicians to gain enough popularity for election. With the [...]
Aug 5, 2004
The most recent addition to the Late Roman Republic chapter, Marcus Licinius Crassus, takes a brief look at one member of the first Triumvirate and his rise to prominence. Continuation of the story will appear in sections on Spartacus and Julius Caesar.
Aug 4, 2004
As Sertorius, continued to create problems for the Romans in Spain, the Senate sent there most accomplished young general. Pompey in Spain highlights the campaign of Pompey against the brilliant Sertorius. While Pompey’s success paled in comparison to the enemy, Spain proved a vital learning ground for future operations.
Aug 2, 2004
As the Republic slipped into its final Decline, one last bastion of Marian resistance to the post Sulla government remained. Sertorius and Spain was the focus of the Roman military in the 70′s BC.
Aug 1, 2004
Decline of the Roman Republic After the death of Sulla in 78 BC, additional and expected power grabs were the result. Unpopular while he was still alive, Sulla?s reforms went under immediate attack without fear of reprisal. Political turmoil was once again the call of the day and various personalities emerged from the restraints of [...]