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Novels Set in Ancient Rome Posted by on Feb 27, 2011

There is quite a large body of historical fiction set in the time of ancient Rome. For today’s post, we will take a look at several novels that fit this requirement. Perhaps you’ve heard of these? If you know of any others, please do comment! Roma Sub Rosa by Steven Saylor is a mystery series…

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The Mobs of Ancient Rome Posted by on Feb 21, 2011

Auctoritas can be translated as “authority” in English. If a person had auctoritas, it meant that the person had a certain level of influence or political clout to bring about a desired outcome. The word auctoritas must not be confused with the Latin word Potestas, which simply means “power.” The word potestas has a slightly…

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Ancient Roman Jobs Posted by on Feb 18, 2011

In every age there will always be professions that are more desirable than any other profession. Ancient Rome was not an exception. The professions that we value today weren’t necessarily valued in the same way it would have been in Ancient Rome. For instance, being a famous actor is a coveted desire for today’s society,…

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Wonders of Ancient Rome Posted by on Feb 15, 2011

Modern consensus of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome is as follows: Circus Maximus Trajan’s Forum Aqueducts Caracalla’s Bath Roman roads Pantheon Colosseum However, I’m going to ask the readers of this blog what their top Three Wonders of Ancient Rome are. The Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome tend to be places, but you can…

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Enemies of the Senate Posted by on Feb 12, 2011

There were several people deemed enemies of the Senate. Most of those people were favorable towards reforms that benefited the plebeians. The Senate, fearing that they would lose their power, often devised methods to prevent or destroy those individuals from implementing those reforms. Lucius Sergius Catilina, better known as Catiline, was prevented from becoming a…

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