Rome's first emperor, Augustus' bronze statue.
European History

The Golden Age of Roman Literature

April 27, 2020

The Golden Age of Roman Literature and the reign of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus coincided. Augustus patronized several artists and writers, including Horace, Ovid and Virgil. […]

Marble Statue of Cicero, the great orator of ancient Rome.
European History

The Humble Beginnings of Roman Literature

April 27, 2020

Roman literature began by imitating Greek literature, Roman authors used to mimic their Greek counterparts. This continued till Roman literature discovered its own voice. […]

Image of Pictish Symbol Stone.
Ancient History

The Origins of the Celtic Picts

April 22, 2020

At the time of the Roman invasion, Scotland was inhabited by various tribes, including the peoples who later became known as Picts. They did not rule ancient Scotland. They had to share northern Britain with many other groups. […]

A Medieval map of Hadrian's Wall.
Ancient History

The Celtic World after Rome

April 22, 2020

A deconstruction of the constant power struggles between the Pictish, British, Irish, Scotti, and other Celtic Tribes during and after Rome’s withdrawal from Britain. […]

Roman architecture has uniqueness which sets it apart to stand tall
Ancient History

Rome and Its Architectural Marvels

April 18, 2020

Rome has imitated Greek art and traditions for long which showed in their monuments and portraits but what are the greatest contributions Rome made on its own in the areas of building structures, sewers and roads? […]

Emperor Augustus' love for art reflected in his portraits
Ancient History

Emperor Augustus and the Art of Fusion

April 18, 2020

Roman art has had a great influence from Greek traditions which Emperor Augustus used for publicity purposes. But what was it that set Rome apart as a great architectural contributor? […]

Marble statue of Octavian displayed at the Chiaramonti Museum, Braccio Nuovo (New Wing).
Ancient History

Octavian’s Reign: How Rome’s First Emperor Thwarted Assassination

December 27, 2019

When Octavian became the leader of Rome, his main goal was not to anger the people and be assassinated as his predecessor, Julius Caesar, had been. Therefore, Octavian’s reign was focused on consolidating power while at the same time maintaining the illusion that he did not have the absolute control that characterized a monarchy. Octavian turned out to be a clever strategist, brilliant leader, and fascinating man. […]

Medieval castle, sword and shield representing noble violance
European History

Noble Violence in the Middle Ages; The Church Mediates

December 27, 2019

Noble violence in the Middle Ages was a huge problem that even the kings could not always control. Discover how the church stepped in, offering a unique solution: the “Peace and Truce of God” movement. Did it work? […]

Polish magnates 1697-1795 (Polish nobility)
European History

Becoming a Noble: Medieval Europe’s Most Exclusive Club

December 27, 2019

Becoming a noble in the High Middle Ages was no easy task. Nobles used safeguards such as bloodlines to maintain their elitist status. Discover why they became so exclusive, and learn of the unique privileges granted to lords. […]

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