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Roman Empire

by Joshua J. Mark
published on 28 April 2011
The Roman Empire, at its height (c. 117 CE), was the most extensive political and social structure in western civilization. By 285 CE the empire had grown too vast to be ruled from the central government at Rome and so was divided by the emperor Diocletian into a Western and an Eastern Empire. The Roman Empire began when Augustus Caesar became the first... [continue reading]

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