May 6, 2004
In the Second Punic War, following Hannibal’s march across the Alps, his subsequent Invasion of Italy was met by Publius Cornelius Scipio the Elder. At the battles of Ticinus and the Trebbia River, Hannibal crushed the Roman defenders and the door to Italy, and Rome, was wide open.
May 5, 2004
Perhaps the most important series of events in the history of Rome, the Second Punic War marked the maturation of Rome into both a survivor and a world power. Under the command of the Hannibal Barca, the Carthaginians gave the Romans all they could handle. The Outbreak of the Second Punic War illustrates the very [...]
May 2, 2004
The Roman Pantheon consisted of a great number of deities. The following lists give a large sampling of some of these. There were 12 Major Roman Gods imported from Greece, known as the Dii Consentes. There were a great number of Minor Gods associated with anything from agriculture to the city sewers. Some evolved within [...]
Apr 30, 2004
In continuing our efforts to expand our book section, we’ve added a Featured Reviews section where books receiving full in-depth reviews will be displayed. The first book The Lion’s Brood: The Story of Hannibal, by Rafael Scott, is the first of what we hope to be many titles in this section.
Apr 29, 2004
The first 3 parts of our Roman Timeline have been completed. Early History, 5th Century BC and 4th Century BC have been completed so far. The rest will follow soon.
Apr 28, 2004
In exploring more cultural aspects of Roman society, we’ve added an introduction to Roman Religion. This chapter explores the basics of the belief system practiced in Rome and will soon be updated with sections on the Pontifex Maximus, Vestal Virgins, religious officials and festivals. A closely related Roman deity list will also be added to [...]
Apr 22, 2004
Continuing the expansionist era of the middle Roman Republic, the Second Illyrian War has been added. A short interlude before the outbreak of the Second Punic War, this Illyrian war had little consequence in comparison, but establishing Roman autonomy on the Adriatic cleared the way for further expansion in Macedonia and Greece.
Apr 21, 2004
With the conclusion of the First Punic War Carthage, occupied with its own internal mercenary revolt was temporarily not a threat. Gallic invasions from Cisalpine Gaul and Illyrian Piracy in the Adriatic forced Rome to look north. The First Illyrian War brought Roman influence to the Hellenistic world for the first time, while also setting [...]
Apr 20, 2004
The Punic Wars thrust Rome onto center stage in world politics, diplomacy and warfare. The First Punic War began with the invasion of Sicily, and after 23 exhausting years of conflict with Carthage, Rome was the master of the Mediterranean sea, and the fledgling Empire had added its first 2 provinces. Despite Rome’s moderate victory, [...]
Apr 13, 2004
A new chapter in the Roman History series has been added as an introduction to the Punic Wars. This section will include articles about all 3 Roman wars with Carthage and delve into further Roman expansion efforts in the same time period. Also included will be the Illyrian Wars, the Macedonian Wars, and the Syrian [...]
Apr 9, 2004
An additional Roman Province description has been added. Asia Minor was epitomy of the combined cultural achievements of Rome and Greece. Hellenized for centuries, Asia Minor was mainly a peaceful and prosperous in the eastern part of the Roman Empire through to the Byzantines. Also be sure to check the Roman Province index (growing quickly), [...]
Apr 7, 2004
Today we’ve added a new section, Roman Books, that we hope vistors will find useful. In an attempt to compile a list of all books (and other media) related to the Roman world, we’ll be adding a title a day to the list. The list will be searchable by title, or author, and also sortable [...]
Apr 6, 2004
With expansion in southern Italy, the Romans were soon faced with the considerable force of Pyrrhus, King of Epirus. After invading Italy the Pyrrhic War was on and the Greek Epirotes would quickly score several “Pyrrhic Victories.” Carthaginian intervention would turn the tide leading directly into newer and greater conflicts with the power of the [...]