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Battle of Asculum: Ancient Times

Pyrrhus, King of Epirus in Northwest Greece and related by blood to the line of Alexander the Great, was himself a man of great ambition. Having lost his crown while still a child, he made a name for himself in service to the Diadochi, the successors of the great Alexander, and gained a great deal of military experience before Ptolemy helped restore him to his throne. Pyrrhus was a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:58:23+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Battle of The Sabis: Ancient Times

By the mid 1st century BC the Roman military had grown accustom to the new style of fighting brought about through the Marian Reforms. Gone were the days of velites and principles financing their own equipment before marching off to war. Now the state supplied their new Legionnaires with their own equipment and men of all social backgrounds dressed in the now universal infantry panoply. Cavalry and skirmishers were [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:23:12+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Battle of Chrysopolis: Constantine Defeats Licinius

The Battle of Chrysopolis was fought on 18 September 324 at Chrysopolis (modern Üsküdar), near Chalcedon (modern Kadıköy), between the two Roman emperors Constantine I and Licinius. The battle was the final encounter between the two emperors. After his navy's defeat in the Battle of the Hellespont, Licinius withdrew his forces from the city of Byzantium across the Bosporus to Chalcedon in Bithynia. Constantine followed and won the subsequent [...]

By | 2017-10-30T02:26:47+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Celtic Chieftain Caractacus: Last Battle Against the Romans

Caractacus, sometimes known as Caratacus or Caradoc, was the son of the Celtic king, Cunobeline, was the king of the Catuvellauni tribe who inhabited the Hertfordshire area. The Catuvellauni were an aggressive tribe, who extending their territory at the expense of nearby tribes like the Atrebates and had previously opposed the Romans under their chief Cassivellaunus. Following the death of Cunobelinus, his kingdom was divided between Caractacus and his [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:09:59+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Appian Way: Ancient Famous Road

The Appian Way was once the world’s most important road. It was the widest and largest road of its time and the most famous of all the roads that radiated from Rome towards the far ends of the Roman Empire. It was called the “Regina Viarum”, or “queen of roads” and was the reason for the famous saying “all roads lead to Rome”. The road today is remarkably well [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:21:58+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , |0 Comments

Julius Caesar: Roman Politician and General

Gaius Julius Caesar was born 12 July 100 BCE (though some cite 102 as his birth year). His father, also Gaius Julius Caesar, was a Praetor who governed the province of Asia and his mother, Aurelia Cotta, was of noble birth. Both held to the Populare ideology of Rome which favored democratization of government and more rights for the lower class as opposed to the Optimate factions’ claim of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:31:27+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Spartacus Thracian Gladiator the Nightmare of Rome

Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt with an army numbering in the tens of thousands. He defeated Roman forces over half a dozen times, marching his people up and down the Italian peninsula until he was killed in battle in April 71 B.C. A favorite character in popular fiction, he was not crucified, and there was no “I’m Spartacus!” moment as seen in the famous [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:44:51+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ancient Roman Wars: The Battle of Pharsalus 48 B.C.

On the morning of August 9, 48 bc, one of the most famous Roman Wars took place, Rome’s most famous general–Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, or Pompey the Great–apprehensively prepared his troops to face the army of Rome’s most successful general, Gaius Julius Caesar. Pompey’s unease was fueled by a meteor that had shot across the sky near his camp the night before. To some of his soldiers, it was an [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:02:10+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Ancient Roman Wars: Battle of Cannae

After the start of the Second Punic War, the Carthaginian general Hannibal boldly crossed the Alps and invaded Italy. Winning battles at Trebia (218 BC) and Lake Trasimene (217 BC), Hannibal defeated armies led by Tiberius Sempronius Longus and Gaius Flaminius Nepos. In the wake of these victories, he moved south plundering the countryside and working to make Rome's allies defect to Carthage's side. Reeling from these defeats, Rome [...]

By | 2017-10-30T17:22:39+00:00 January 7th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Ancient Roman Wars: Battle of Lake Trasimene

In the wake of Tiberius Sempronius Longus' defeat at the Battle of the Trebia in 218 BC, the Roman Republic moved to elect two new consuls the following year with the hope of turning the tide of the conflict. While Gnaeus Servilius Geminus replaced Publius Cornelius Scipio, Gaius Flaminius relieved the defeated Sempronius. To bolster the thinned Roman ranks, four new legions were raised to support the new consuls. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T17:23:34+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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