Ars Technica chats with historian Barry Strauss about his new book, The War that Made the Roman Empire.
Was it war, crime or a self-inflicted wound? It was, in any case, the greatest battle between Caesar and Pompey, and it took place here, at Pharsalus, Greece, in 48 BC.
My podcast interview with pirate host, the great Jack Butler.
Stepping into the shoes of a god wasn’t easy! So we learn in a new book that traces the biographies of 10 of the men who succeeded Julius Caesar, deified by the Roman Senate. Read the article in Cornell Chronicle here.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears for the real story of Caesar’s Funeral.
January 1 is the birth of a new year and January 3 is the birthday of an old classic — Cicero. One of the greatest of history’s statesmen and speakers, as well as a brilliant writer and a penetrating philosopher, Cicero was born in Italy on that day in 106 B.C. Put Cicero on your list of reading resolutions …
December was a month of glory and ruin for Cicero, one of ancient Rome’s greatest statesmen. As consul in 63 BC he stopped a violent revolutionary plot. In December of that year he pushed through the execution without trial of Roman citizens who were caught red handed. That was a turning point. It might have saved Rome but it earned …
Cicero’s nephew Quintus – Quintus the Younger – was a boy dear to his uncle’s heart. His father, Quintus the Elder, was Cicero’s brother and the two brothers were close. The boy’s mother, Pomponia, was the sister of Cicero’s dear friend, Atticus. The year 45 B.C. was not an easy one for the nineteen-year-old Quintus. His long-squabbling parents finally divorced. …
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