The Roman emperor Augustus as pontifex maximus, with his head veiled for a sacrifice, National Museum of Rome.
Ancient History

Unpacking the Titles of Augustus: Wordplay and Double Meanings

October 21, 2019

What’s in a name? A lot, as we discover when exploring the many titles of Augustus, Rome’s first emperor. Discover the hidden meanings and oxymorons packed within these names, which were designed to assert his authority while simultaneously presenting him as a modest, benevolent figure. […]

Augusto di Prima Porta or Caesar Augustus (Octavian) in Rome, Italy
History

Octavian vs. Mark Antony: The Battle Continues

July 18, 2019

In the power vacuum left by Julius Caesar’s death, a struggle commenced to gain control of Rome. The main contenders were Caesar’s grandnephew Octavian and Mark Antony, who partnered with the famed Cleopatra. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the battle between Octavian and Mark Antony, as well as its aftermath. […]

Fight scene on a relief of the Arch of Constantine, Rome, Italy
History

The Ancient Roman Republic and Its Military Might

July 18, 2019

The ancient Roman Republic was neither technologically nor tactically superior to its foes, and its army was really only a citizen militia. However, unusual military strategies, along with sheer determination, enabled Rome to win many battles, and eventually victory, over Greece. […]

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