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Roman war fleet

The construction of the ship began with the construction of the hull plating from boards, usually pine. Then a light skeleton was placed inside and the whole structure was reinforced with thick ropes. Boards were connected with specially hewn pins... Read more

Roman Empire at time of its greatest prosperity

The Roman Empire, developing from the 3rd century BCE to the 5th century CE, was one of the few in ancient history that covered such a huge area. It is also sometimes called a world state for this reason. In... Read more

Caesar crossing the Rubicon

In 50 BCE, the Senate dominated by Pompey the Great ordered Julius Caesar to return to Rome, dissolve his army, and forbade him to run for the second consulate. These activities were clearly dictated by the desire to diminish the... Read more

Copper coinage, i.e. ancient chronology

The division of time into two eras is widely known and is not controversial. When subjected to a critical analysis, a range of questions and doubts arise that I would like to present in this article. Establishing the date of... Read more

Macedonia and Greece after Third Macedonian War

The Battle of Pydna marked the end of the Third Macedonian War. From Amphipolis, the defeated Perseus went to Samothrace to secure asylum in the temple there. When the Roman fleet blocked the island, the king decided to seek refuge... Read more

Keys and locks in ancient Rome

Hardly anyone wonders how the ancients once closed their homes, chests or cells. As it turns out, a modern key or lock is an ancient invention. For example, castles made of strong wood were already used in Egypt or Greece.... Read more

Year of the Four Emperors

The despotism of Nero caused growing dissatisfaction. The reign of Nero stuck in the consciousness of his people today as a period of exceptional decline in morality, the oppression of society, and the eccentric pranks of the emperor. From a... Read more

10 places where we can see unique Roman mosaics

Mosaics were very popular in the Roman Empire. From the colorful, marble (or glass cubes) squares various patterns were laid on the floors or walls. Many beautiful ancient compositions have been preserved to our day, which prove the craftsmanship of... Read more

Presence of Romans in China according to Chinese chronicles

The emperor rose slightly from the throne, and a long furrowed wrinkle appeared on his forehead. The courtiers looked anxiously at the Son of Heaven, who for a moment looked more astonished than outraged. After a while, however, anger took... Read more

Year of the Five Emperors

Year 193 CE is known in the history of ancient Rome as The Year of Five Emperors, because during these 365 days as many as five claimants claimed the throne. This year also brought the fall of the current Antonin... Read more

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