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  1. I have read several articles on the significance of the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus. This Rome based monument was particularly useful to Roman authorities. It was a place where Roman politicians would worship Roman gods and offer sacrifices to a cult statue of Jupiter, it was a political conference center, and likewise, a fellowshipping hall for Roman politicians. It also served as a public records archive, as well as the endpoint for Roman triumph processions. The Temple, being the centerpiece of Area Capitolina, was an important religious, political, and cultural symbol that was rebuilt four times, a true testament to the temple's importance to Rome's cultural identity. I found a picture of a relief, circa A.D. 180, that depicts Emperor Marcus Aurelius making an animal sacrifice to the Roman god Jupiter in the presence of fellow Roman political figures. This temple would have been the fourth one constructed.
  2. Equal parts secret service, special forces and urban administrators, Rome’s Praetorian Guard was one of the ancient world’s most prestigious military units. These handpicked soldiers are most famous for serving as the sworn bodyguard of the Roman ruler, but they were also used as a Jack-of-all-trades force in the service of the Empire. Guardsmen fought alongside the legions on campaign, put down uprisings, pacified rioters and served as security at gladiator shows and chariot races. As their influence grew, they also played a pivotal role in the intrigue and double-crossing that blighted imperial Rome. Explore eight facts about the men-at-arms who protected—and sometimes murdered—the Roman emperor. More interesting tidbits on the History Channel website.
  3. I'm not into PC games (or console games since I was 10/11 years old) but I must say the graphics of this one look amazing! More pics and info here
  4. Chris Mills

    Beginner Reading Materials

    Hi all, I am a complete beginner when it comes to ancient Roman history but have always had an interest. I am looking for some books or perhaps online sources that are beginner friendly and do not assume much or any knowledge as my knowledge thus far is limited to Wikipedia pages that I hhave read, Warrior of Rome books and Rome: Total War haha! I am particularly interested in the Military and Political side, however, any books that also cover culture as well as these would be interesting too. Can you suggest any books for me to start out with? Thanks in advance, Chris.
  5. Cool 2-part ZDF documentary on how Arminius led the German tribes' resistance against Rome, culminating in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest.
  6. Aurelia

    Orbis: Roman Empire "Google Map"

    Designed and executed by Walter Scheidel and Elijah Meeks in collaboration with a group of IT specialists and students at Stanford University, ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World reconstructs the time cost and financial expense associated with a wide range of different types of travel in antiquity. The model is based on a simplified version of the giant network of cities, roads, rivers and sea lanes that framed movement across the Roman Empire. It broadly reflects conditions around 200 CE but also covers a few sites and roads created in late antiquity. To access the map, click here!
  7. Very interesting podcast about Roman sewers, hygiene, tales and superstition. Worth a listen! ABC Sydney
  8. Forget gory shows and gladiatorial combat. In the late Middle Ages, Rome's Colosseum was a huge condominium, says the latest archaeological investigation into Rome's most iconic monument. Archaeologists from Roma Tre University and students from the American University of Rome unearthed evidence showing that ordinary Romans lived within the Colosseum from the ninth century until at least 1349, when the building was seriously damaged by an earthquake. Discovery News article continues here.
  9. Aurelia

    New History Books (July 2014)

    Below are the new releases for July! Rome: A Brief History of an Ancient Empire Legions in Crisis: Transformation of the Roman Soldier AD 192-284 The Epigraphy and History of Boeotia: New Finds, New Prospects Marcus Aurelius in the Historia Augusta and Beyond The Creation of the Roman Frontier Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction
  10. We all know about gladiators to a greater or lesser degree. Who they were, what they did, and why they did it. However, it occurred to me that we tend to see gladiatorial combat as a phenomenon isolated from Roman history despite the strong inclusion of arena combat in Roman society. I therefore open the floor to our esteemed members and ask - What did gladiators do for Rome? What was the impact of arena combat on Roman society? Was it merely a manifestation of Roman brutaility an d religion, or did it become a feature of Roman sociology that shaped their history in any way? Citizens - Your thoughts?
  11. cinzia8

    Barbarian citizens

    Hi all: Can anyone tell me or lead me to a source that would explain how a barbarian gained Roman citizenship? Could it be bought or attained through marriage? I believe I read that barbarian tribes located within the empire's borders were automatic citizens. Can anyone comment? Thanks, Cinzia
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