Jul 13, 2004
Roman Marriage Prior to 445 BC, intermarriage (connubium) between patricians and plebeians was forbidden. After that the children of such marriages took the social rank of the father, be it patrician or plebeian, regardless of the mother?s status. After both families had agreed to a marriage, and the consent of the parents or persons in [...]
Jul 12, 2004
The next great ‘imperator’ to rule Rome after Gaius Marius was Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Thanks to Sulla?s own personal memoirs, which have been lost to history, though preserved through the works of others, such as Plutarch, we actually know a great deal about him and the time period. Sulla was cunning and ruthless when necessary, [...]
Jul 10, 2004
Some interesting news regarding the Roman Empire: Milan Open Remains of its Colosseum to Visitors Stretch of Hadrian’s Wall Discovered Roman Around
Jul 9, 2004
The career of Gaius Marius came to an end corresponding to his advancing age. But Marius wouldn’t go out without one last fight. The Fall of Marius was a violent and bloody end to an otherwise long and honorable career. With Sulla rising to power, the desperate Marius turned to tactics only hinted at in [...]
Jul 8, 2004
On Wednesday July 7, our site was down nearly the entire day due to an emergency DNS security patch issue. Our host apparantly rectified the situation in alphabetic order and www.unrv.com was near the end of the list. We apologize for the inconvenience, but everything seems to be working properly today.
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.