Prior to the birth of the Roman Empire in the latter part of the first century BCE, there had existed many empires among these were the Assyrian, the Babylonian, the Persian, and the Macedonian. All of these had great leaders such as Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and, of course, Alexander the Great. Yet, history tells us these great men were all called kings... [continue reading]
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A marble bust of Roman Emperor Gordian III, r. 238-244 CE. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome)
published on 14 September 2012
A 2nd century AD bust of Roman emperor Hadrian. (Musée départemental de l’Arles antique,Arles,France)
Hadrian (76-138 CE) was the fourteenth Emperor of Rome (10 August 117 to 10 July 138 CE) and is known as the third of the Five Good Emperors (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, and Marcus Aurelius) who ruled justly. Born Publius Aelius Hadrianus, probably in Hispania, Hadrian is best known for his substantial building projects throughout the Roman Empire... [continue reading]
Bust of Hadrian in dark green basalt, 120 - 130 CE. (Altes Museum, Berlin)
Smarthistory, Art History at Khan Academy
published on 04 April 2014
More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=bhE7cHE4wF0 Roman, Head of Augustus, c. 27-25 BCE, bronze and glass, 46.2 cm high x 26.5 cm wide x 29.4 cm deep, (British Museum, London) Speakers: Pippa Couch and Rachel Ropeik
A marble bust of Roman emperor Hostilian, r. 253 CE. (The Vatican Museums, Rome).
published on 29 October 2013
Family tree of Julio-Claudian Dynasty producing 5 emperors at the start of the Roman Empire (27 BCE - 68 CE).
Emperor Justinian I (Greek: Φλάβιος Πέτρος Σαββάτιος Ἰουστινιανός; Latin: Petrus Sabbatius Iustinianus Augustus) was born around 482 CE in Tauresium, a village in Illyria. His uncle... [continue reading]
NOTE: This article has now become the definition of Caracalla. Even though it is now a duplicate entry we're keeping it for all those who have linked to it. The emperor Caracalla was born Lucius Septimius Bassianus on the 4 of April, 188, in Lugdunum (Lyon), where his father Septimius Severus was serving as the governor of Gallia Lugdunensis... [continue reading]