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  1. the5500th

    Ancient Abortion

    Thanks. Why would the women at the brothel in england not use these metheds and have an abortion rather then waiting until the child was 4 months old or did I read the artical wrong. ALso does anybody know if Roman military camps contained prostitutes as other ancient militaries did.
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    Ancient Abortion

    Hello UNRV members, I was reading the report on this website about the possibility of a Roman brothel being found in England with a dozens of babies being buried there. These babies are thought to be the unwanted children of the prostetutes working at the brothel. I was wondering if there were anything that a pregnant woman who did not want the child could do in ancient times that would be along the lines of an abortion. Also I know that ancient armies would have prostatutes amongst the camp followers and I always asumed the same went for the Roman army but I was just reading about Roman military camp life and there was no metion of them and so I went and did a little research and found nothing about prostatutes and the Roman army. Thanks
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    Alexander Murdered?

    I think it was less likely that it was because of Alexanders own behavior and more likely that it was by men like Antipater who who thought he was going to be killed himself or else another man who was power hungry. I doubt that it was a large-scale plan but was probably arranged by just a few men.
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    The Flynn effect

    Well I think that the Flynn affect is relevant only so far back. Somebody with an I.Q. of 60 is special needs and even somebody with an I.Q. of 80 would be in the special class at school. Now Men like Archimedes, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were all obviously above the average intelligence so are we to assume that that they had I.Q.s of 60 or were the smart people as smart as the smart people of modern times under this theory. To finish a person with an I.Q. of 48 would not be able to understand Roman law, properly understand books by Roman authors or even know the points politicians were arguing. I think the fact that we have Roman books and letters like those of Cicero show that their is no way that Romans were all special needs but that rather they were ignorant of the world and more easily lead because of the lack of easily accessible information.
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    Three word story

    of a great...
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    Rome Game

    Thanks
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    Spartacus: Blood and Sand

    Guys don't buy this just torrent it, its faster and free.
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    Rome Game

    Can I be Marcus Salvius Otho. At the beginning of the game he is in Rome with Nero right. What exactly can Otho do and what can Nero do, what are the rules and regulations if there are any.
  9. Ya, that is a very weird article.
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    Greatest Roman Generals?

    I would Say Julius Caesar and Quintus Sertorius were first with Scipio close behind foolwed by Sulla.
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    Nero

    He was a bad emporer and a bad person even if every story was exaggerated.
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    Nero

    I think we're all forgetting he kicked his wike to death and I think she might even have been pregnant. People like Julius Caesar were not cruel like Nero. Caesar was only really cruel in warfare and even then less so then other men of his time so to say they were all cruel is an exaggeration. I think it should be noted as well that Nero killed his own mother, if that doesn't scream sycho I don't know what does.
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    ROME: CAPUT MUNDI Capitol of the World

    Me to please!
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    Losses at Cannae

    The men it the army at the time of Cannae all owned property so many of them probably did not live in the city itself. I could only find population numbers for later dates which make the put the Roman population arround 1,000,000 two hundered years later so it would have been smaller at the time of the Second Punic War. between 45,000 and 80,000 Romans were killed or captured at Cannae so even if the battle took place when Rome had 1,000,000 people and then 1 in 20, possibly more would have been lost ad Cannae. Of this population of 1,000,000 more then half of theose would have been non-citizens or Women. It is important to note that most of Romes allies who fought with them against Hannibal were not full citizens.
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    passage in Gallic Wars

    That makes perfect sense then. I think your new translation makes good sense as it would be harder to break through close, solid formation. I know that is completely the opposite of what I siad before but if Caesar meant "although" rather then "when" the meaning is obviously different. Its cool you went and translated it yourself, most people just trust the translator of the book.
  16. Though the politacal system had many proplems it was revolutionary for its time and is better then alot we have now. The office of Tribune of the Plebs and the law that at least one consul had to be a pleb brought previously unknown rights and possiblities for the commaners even if bribery and political violence were rampant.
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    passage in Gallic Wars

    From the Primary cohorts he means the first cohorts. The soldiers were very battle hardened but the Britainnas fought differently then the Gauls. When Caesar says that the two cohorts were placed close together opposed to the britons formation which would be alot more open and loose. I would guess that the Romans were beaten because it was an ambush, they were attacked by a loose formation while they were compact and finally just imagine blue gaints running at you out of the bush this would shock even the best soldiers and by the time the other two cohorts arrived the ones who were attacked first would be in disaray. Does it say whether the Britons had chariots with them because these were exotic to the Romans. If this was during the first invasion then it would have been even more terrifying for the Romans then if it happened on the second invasion. The cohorts would have been in 2 different groups probably in lines with only a small gap between them I'm not sure what your having trouble visualizing about that sentance.
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    Election for Consul and praetor

    Hi Sofokles, The election for the two consuls usually but not always took place near the end of July. I know that Julius Caesar took up the Consulship at the beginning of January. I expect Praetors took up office at the same time and as you said the elections were held just after those of the Consuls. If you are looking for a list of events in each month I know the UNRV has one on the website but I think it might only have the dates of holidays.
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    Gladiators who Rebel

    I'm wondering what would happen if when given the order to kill or not kill his defeated adversary a gladiator did the opposite. Would the reaction be different if the order had been given by a Aedile as opposed to an emporer and what kind of punishment could the gladiator expect. I am also interested in whether or not this ever actually happened. Thanks
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    Gladiators who Rebel

    Thanks a lot guys. I thought knew a decent amount about gladiators but I learned quite a bit here. Does anybody know what the chances of a gladiator being freed were.
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    bestiae

    I suspect they got the animals to fight by starving them and then leaving a peace of meat in the ring which they would fight over.
  22. Hi, I have been looking for information on the Lex Gabinia but I just keep a finding 1 or 2 paragraph summary. The same goes for Caesars campaign against Pontus when he was young. Even in book that are just about Caesar. If anybody has information of these other then a simple summery then I would be very thankful. Thanks
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    Where would you have lived in the Roman Empire?

    I'd want to be in the middle of the Action: Rome. Places like Alexandria have would be nice but I would give anything to be at a Speech by Caesar or Cicero in the Forum.
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    What Roman Personality Are You?

    I got 1.Caesar 2.Hadrian and Nero (Tied for second)
  25. I was looking at a map of the Roman world today. I wondered how could somebody (not a soldier) travel over land if the distance was to far to do on foot in a good time and the person could not afford a horse. For example how could a person of modest wealth get from Pergamon to Ephesus without taking a ship or is that the only way to do it without getting to many blisters or cut up by a highway man. Was there some sort of wagan/train system (like they had near Athens for a while) or large groups of travellers who would travers distances like that together. Thanks, the5500th
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