Jul 7, 2004
With the death of Saturninus and self exile by Marius in 99 BC, a period of relative calm slipped into Roman politics. The calm wouldn?t last long, however, and a new Tribune in a mold similar to the Gracchi brothers, came to the forefront. Marcus Livius Drusus was actually the son of a political opponent [...]
Jul 6, 2004
After the defeat of the Cimbri, the political career of Gaius Marius began to crumble. Violent mob tactics through the Tribune, Saturninus created an environment of Political Turmoil, that would only get temporarily better with the removal of both men.
Jul 5, 2004
Some interesting archaeological news about the Roman Empire: Africans could have live in Roman Chester Roman Rostrum Returns To Egades Professor Hoping To Find Roman-era Pirate Ships
Jul 4, 2004
The crisis caused by the migrations of the Germanic Cimbri and Teutons was a major factor securing power for Gaius Marius. After several successive and enourmous defeats at the hands of the Cimbri, the Romans looked to Marius to stabilize matter. That’s exactly what he did, at least in military terms, as he served 5 [...]
Jul 3, 2004
A Roman Road Chart has been added to highlight some of the more famous Roman Roads. Names of roads, who built them, and when, as well as where they went are included.
Jul 2, 2004
Roman Road Construction Standard Roman roads consisted of a metalled surface (ie gravel or pebbles) on a solid foundation of earth or stone. A simple yet technologically advanced plan was in place and implemented for the construction of each road. Where possible, roads were built in the straightest line possible, only avoiding major terrain obstacles [...]
Jul 1, 2004
Marius Reforms the Legions With his election as Consul in 107 BC, and his subsequent appointment as commander of the Roman legions in Numidia, Marius faced a difficult challenge. Invasions of Germanic Cimbri and Teuton tribes into southern Gaul had forced large Roman armies to counter them. Thoroughly defeated in every engagement, Rome faced a [...]
Jun 30, 2004
Fighting through political and social burdens placed on him, the Rise of Marius was as much a result of his own ambition as a direct indication of the social and political condition in Rome. First elected Consul in 107 BC, Marius would serve an unprecedented 7 terms in the Republic’s highest office.
Jun 29, 2004
Among other things, the development of Roman Roads was one of the key factors for the growth and domination of the Roman Empire. The engineers of ancient Rome built an unparalleled network of roads in the ancient world. Nearly 47,000 square miles (76,000 sq. km) of roads spanned the Roman Empire, spreading its legions, culture [...]
Jun 27, 2004
As Rome moved into its Late Roman Republic period, another man would have a profound effect. Gaius Marius was a general and politician who changed the fabric of the Roman political system, while going down as one of the great generals in Roman History.
Jun 26, 2004
As a continuation of the Roman Daily Life section, today’s update is a chapter on Ancient Roman Clothing. Roman clothing, including the toga, performed an additional function beyond the obvious. Roman clothes were worn specifically according to social class or title, and there were many limitations on who could wear what garment, where and when.
Jun 25, 2004
Many units of Roman Weights and Measures in the modern western world (UK and USA), have a direct relationship dating back to the Romans. The modern mile, pound (lb for libra) and ounce (uncia) are all directly traceable. Some other similarities, such as the width of rail road rails, is said to correspond directly to [...]
Jun 23, 2004
When Julius Caesar consolidated Roman power in the mid 1st century BC, he had an opportunity to correct the long neglected Roman Calendar. Consulting Egyptian astronomers, Caesar altered the Republican calendar by basing it on a solar, rather than lunar, cycle. Adding 10 days to the permanent calendar and a couple of months at the [...]