Illustration by Fotokvadrat, depicting the gladiator fight. There are many stories about different gladiators, some of whom were not ready to fight in the game, especially those who were captured while fighting against Rome. They preferred to commit suicide instead.
Ancient History

Making of Gladiators and Humongous Preparations for the Big Game

October 6, 2020

In some gladiator games, nearly every contest resulted in the death of the loser, while in others, almost everyone was spared. From the 1st century A.D., details of about 100 fights were preserved on tombstones or inscriptions, and out of the 200 gladiators involved, 19 were recorded as killed. […]

Bronze statue of Constantine I in York, England.
History

The Rise of Constantine, the First Christian Emperor

September 19, 2020

For three centuries, after its birth, Christianity was spreading very slowly. The conversion of Emperor Constantine was one of the most influential factors that helped Christianity become the official religion of the Roman Empire. The motivations behind his conversion are as remarkable as his path to becoming an emperor of the Roman Empire. […]

Scepter with an emblem of an eagle with the letters "SPQR", or Senātus Populusque Rōmānus, representative of the Ancient Roman Government.
Ancient History

The Deepening of the Crisis: Revolts Under Severus Alexander

August 22, 2020

Severus Alexander succeeded the most hated Roman emperor, Elagabalus. His reign of thirteen years was full of unrest and rebellions. Maximinus Thrax succeeded him, but could not rule for a long time. This was the beginning of chaos within the mighty Roman Empire. […]

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