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  1. Hamilcar Barca

    Best/Personal Favorite Roman General Poll

    Its temping to vote for a general who often recieves lesser mention in mainstream knowledge. But I still feel that Caesar was the greatest general by virtue of not just his amazing tactical inovations - but the sheer godliness that even the most lay person can associate with his name. Aurelian is a close second in my opinion though. His outstanding military leadership in the midst of the 3rd century crisis singlehandedly allowed the Roman Empire to recover and endure for another 2 centuries - even if the path to destruction had already been laid down. Oh and by the way, I'm back from the dead :thumbs_up:
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    Worst Roman Figure

    Worst personality award: Nero/Caligula Worst influence award: Honorius (Reasons already stated, I pretty much agree) He doomed the other half though. Valens reckless failure in diplomacy and battle with the goths sent the Western Roman empire down the path to hell. While I don't believe he was the worst Roman figure, I don't think he deserves to be so spiritly defended from accusations that he did mess up big time, despite some noteworthy achievements.
  3. Naval incinidaries were used well before the Byzantines though they were by no means as destructive. The Rhodian-Roman combined fleet at Myonnesus in 190BC included several small vessels which were fitted with incendiary devices suspended on long poles, threatening to set alight any ship that came near them. These proved tactically sound in disrupting the Seleucid naval formation for fear of getting to close. I have never heard of a clear classical reference to hull mounted balistae before, thus I know nothing of it. I do however suspect that Marcellus may have utilized similar devices at Syracuse in 212BC, as he did with the sambuca.
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    Cimbrian War- Under Rated.

    Well we must remember that the definition of fortified town varied over the centuries. The most obvious example is Rome itself been sacked in 390 BC (although this doesnt really count because the gates were apparantly unlocked) Hamilcars Gallic rebellion in 200BC did succeed in breeching and sacking Placentia prior to his defeat at Cremona. Just because the Romans wrote these peoples off as barbarians we shouldn't underestimate their siege making abilities, although it is fair to say that they were not in the same class as the Romans.
  5. I was surprised when I saw that on my homepage yesterday. And impressed. Here in New Zealand you'll be hard pressed to find anyone with even a lay knowledge of Roman history so kudos to exta for hopefully bringing UNRV to more peoples attention.
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    Under what emperor would you want to live

    Easily Augustus, what grand times those were. I am curious though Tobias, why Justinian? The man taxed people for the air they breathed and despite a number of glorious achievements during his reign, it all fell apart afterwards.
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    Rome's Civil Wars

    Rome had so many horrible civil wars that I often loose count of them and have trouble difficulty determining which single one could be considered the 'worst'. It depends what exactly you mean by 'worst'. i.e. loss of life, long term repercusions, political turmoil etc. As has already been stated, the collective military coups and civil wars of the 3rd century probably top all such categories but as to label a single 'contained' conflict, I'd have to say that the Caesarians vs Republicans (49BC - 36BC), was the bloodiest. While in reality a series of wars, the same underlying themes and causes was carried on until Pompey's youngest son - Sextus Pompeius, laid down his arms after the battle of Naucholus in 36BC. Constantines wars against Maxentius and Lucullus (311 - 326) also involved vast amonts of bloodshed.
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    Byzantine's Nero?

    I would rank no Byzantine Emperor alongside the madness and cruelty of Nero although there were certanley bad ones. Irene - Constantine VI's mother, desposed of and blinded her own son to take sole rule of the Empire for herself. In 800AD, Charlemenge was named emperor of Rome owing that their was no emperor at the time, as Irene was currenly Empress. Justinian II was by no means mad, but certanley a man who liked sweet revenge and then some. A relatively good ruler in the first part of his reign, he was none-the-less overthrown in 695 by his over ambitious general Leontius, who had his toungue and nose slit before throwing him into exile. Ten years later, having recruited a condiderable ammont of support in the countryside, he returned and snuck into the city via an aquaduct pipe, suprising his ursurper and reclaiming his throne. Leonitius and Tiberius (his successor) and his supporters were beaten black and blue in a pillory for some months before Justinian dragged them through the streets and publicly beheaded them. His revenge didn't stop there though, anyone suspected of enemy sympathies could be incarcerated, tortured or killed. Thousands were killed or mutilated in his paranoia fuelled purges which lasted over 6 years. Eventually a rebellion formed within the army and Justinian II was overthrown again, permanatly. Both he and his six year old son were put to death. Another perhaps worth mentioning would be Basil I; A brutally efficient ruler akin to the most depolarble forms of cruelty and violence of his day. When his general Leo abandoned his post in battle in 867AD, Basil had his right eye burnt out and his right hand amputated. Basil was to the Arabs what his second namesake was to the Bulgarians, only more brutal. In his campaigns against them, thousands of captured muslims were hung, burnt, skinned alive or dismembered to death.
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    If Vitelius hadn't overthrown Otho, Vespasian would have more than likely done it himself. He already had allusions of self grandeaur going around in his head owing to Joesephus' prophecy that Nero would die and he would eventually replace him. (Not that this was underserved, Vespasian was a great emperor)
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    Ask The Expert - Dr Bryan Ward Perkins

    I haven't been around my computer for a while.
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    Ask The Expert - Dr Bryan Ward Perkins

    Damn it, I can't believe I missed this, I've been away too long. Oh Well, it was interesting replies to ther peoples questions.
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    Brutality Of The Roman Army

    A civilisation devoid of brutality would be incapable of conquering the known western world. The Romans used brutality to enforce their authority upon those who resisted but those who submitted peacefully were usually treated with respect and were often honoured or rewarded. Of course their were exceptions such as the Thir Punic War, but the brutality displayed here was based on fear and historical grievances opposed to reckless violence. Of course there were a few rogue provincial rulers who were notorious for cruelty such as Verres, the Sicilian governor who later came under attack from Cicero as well as many of the Spanish governors in the mid 2nd Century BC, whose extreme cruelty and treachary was the very cause of many rebellions. However, such individuals were a minority and in most cases were severly punnished for their brutality.
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    split from senatus consultatem

    Thank you for making this rule.
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    Worst Roman Punishment?

    He did this to the Townsfolk of Uxellodunum in 51BC after they refused to surrender to him and the town had to be carried by force (with reasonable diffuculty). This was to create a physical advertisement as to why you shouldn't oppose Caesar.
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    Did Caesar Ultimately

    I'm not buying this, Caesar caued the downfall of the republic, not the empire. While we're making a radical claims here's mine: George Washington started the decline of the U.S - In 200 years the United States is going to collapse into anarchy and be conquered by Muslims.