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….
Jul 25, 2004
In 87 BC, after securing his command in the Mithridatic War, Sulla moved his legions to Greece. Sulla’s Offensive not only kicked off the end of the Mithridates’ expansion, but would eventually secure himself as the foremost Roman general of the time.
Jul 24, 2004
Roman Surgery While civilian medical treatments, the so called doctors of the day were mostly inadequate at best, surgeons were highly advanced and skilled professionals. A detailed knowledge of anatomy and its functions led to many surgical operations in line with success rates enjoyed in the modern era. Most surgeries in the ancient world were [...]
Jul 22, 2004
After Sulla settled matters of his own authority in Rome, he went on the campaign against Mithridates of Pontus. Political measures both in the east and in Rome helped contribute to the rise of Mithridates and conflict with Rome seemed unavoidable. The Mithridatic War was the first in a series of wars that eventually established [...]
Jul 21, 2004
The Ancient Roman Doctors were not nearly as highly regarded as those in Greece. The profession itself, outside of the legions, was considered a low social position, fit for slaves, freedmen and non-latin citizens, mainly Greeks. While there were some who were respected, most were considered just as they were, cheaters, liars and quacks. The [...]
Jul 20, 2004
While the application of medicines and cures was a guessing methodology at best, with some undoubtedly dangerous use of elements such as toxic mercury, the ancients used very sophisticated Roman Medical Tools.
Jul 18, 2004
Ancient Roman Medicine was a combination of some limited scientific knowledge, and a deeply rooted religious and mythological system. While knowledge of anatomy was quite impressive, and many surgical techniques were only surpassed in the modern age, the application of medicines and cures was simplistic and largely ineffective. Much of the Roman system was adopted [...]
Jul 17, 2004
The Roman Triumph, especially in the Republican era was the crowning achievement of a Roman General. The procession of the Roman army, allowed within the city gates for this special event, captured leaders and slaves, and any treasure looted on campaign, was a grand spectacle of enormous proportions. The historical tradition of the ritual came [...]