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 [...]
Jul 31, 2004
With his victory in the Civil War, Sulla took complete control of Rome. Sulla the Dictator instituted a blood path of his political enemies, and ruled in a reign of terror. Constitutional reform and the passage of laws put ultimate authority back in the hands of the Roman Senate, but in the climate of the [...]
Jul 30, 2004
Continuing our brief series on Roman Medicine, two more pages have been added. Roman Drugs and Pharmaceuticals takes a brief look at the medicines available to the Romans and how they used them. Roman Hospitals provides a historical function of the hospital in the ancient world.
Jul 29, 2004
A second march on Rome touched off Sulla’s Civil War. As Cinna?s death reverberated throughout the Roman world, Sulla realized his opportunity to take full advantage. In 83 BC Sulla prepared his 5 legions and left the 2 originally under Fimbria to maintain peace in Asia Minor. In the spring of that year, Sulla crossed [...]
Jul 27, 2004
Roman Victory in the Mithridatic War opened the door for Sulla to move on his enemies in Rome.
Jul 26, 2004
Our Roman Medicine section continues… One form of surgery in ancient Rome was the Caesarean Section childbirth procedure. A common misconception is that Julius Caesar himself was born under this procedure, but that is completely without merit….