Aug 2, 216BC-Ancient Rome’s Darkest Day: The Battle Of Cannae
Republican Rome was pushed to the brink of collapse on August 2, 216 B.C., when the Carthaginian general Hannibal annihilated at least 50,000 of its legionaries at the Second Punic War’s Battle of Can...
What Was The Royal African Company?
In 1619, some 20 Africans arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, where they were purchased from Dutch privateers to aid in the English colony’s luc...
St. Valentine Beheaded-Feb 14, 278AD
Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his ...
British Archeologists Have Discovered Long-Lost Roman Roads Using LIDAR
For years, the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency has been using Lidar to study flooding and coastal changes. Since 1998, it’s had an unexpected use: discovering long-lost roads left by the Romans, h...
12 Ranks Of Roman Military Officers And What They Did
The Roman Empire saw one of the first truly professional armies in history, and became the inspiration for European armies that followed it. Though its officers didn’t have the same titles as their mo...
Late Antique Little Ice Age: Volcanic Eruptions Helped Trigger Fall Of Eastern Roman And Rise Of Arab Empire
A 'Late Antique Little Ice Age' 1,500 years ago, triggered by three large volcanic eruptions, contributed to the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire (aka Byzantine Empire) and the rise of the Arab Empire...
The Slow-Motion Financial Suicide Of the Roman Empire
More than 2,000 years before America’s bailouts and entitlement programs, the ancient Romans experimented with similar schemes. The Roman government rescued failing institutions, canceled personal deb...
Roman Toilets May Actually Have Been Bad For Public Health
At its zenith, the Roman Empire spanned three continents, encircled the Mediterranean, and was home to one-fifth of the planet’s population. The Romans brought roads, bridges, and, perhaps most import...
The City in Decline: Rome in Late Antiquity
This paper addresses the question of what happens to cities in long-term decline. It uses as an example perhaps the most famous such city, Rome, whose population declined from about a million persons...
Researchers Discover Secret Recipe Of Roman Concrete That Allowed It To Endure For Over 2,000 Years
Ancient Rome’s concrete recipe is an impressive feat in architectural history. Some Roman buildings are so spectacular in their construction and beauty that modern builders would never attempt somethi...
8 Things You May Not Know About The Gallipoli Campaign
On April 25, 1915, British-led troops poured onto the Ottoman Empire’s Gallipoli Peninsula in what was then the largest amphibious assault ever attempted. The plan, thought up once World War I’s Weste...
Rome Founded - Apr 21, 753 B.C.
According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus my...
Julius Caesar Suffered From Strokes, Not Epilepsy, New Study Says
In the years preceding his assassination by the Roman Senate in 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was struck by a host of health problems including dizziness, limb weakness, headaches, depression and sudden fall...
Gold Looted From Ancient Empire Returned to Romania
The first of what archaeologist Barbara Deppert-Lippitz calls the "most sensational finds of the last century" surfaced not in a museum but at Christie's in New York. Among more than a hundred pieces ...
The Underground World of the Hagia Sophia
For over a thousand years until its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, the city of Constantinople was one of the greatest urban centres in the Christian world. At the heart of this city was the Hagia
Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus (Arabic: الأندلس‎, trans. al-ʼAndalus; Spanish: Al-Ándalus; Portuguese: Al-Ândalus; Aragonese: Al-Andalus; Catalan: Al-Àndalus; Berber: Andalus or Wandalus), also ...
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Ancient Rome
Ancient Rome was an Italic civilization that began on the Italian Peninsula as early as the 8th century BC. Located along the Mediterranean Sea and centered on the city of Rome, it expanded to become ...
Delian League
The Delian League, founded in 478 BC, was an association of Greek city-states, members numbering between 150 to 173, under the leadership of Athens, whose purpose was to continue fighting the Persian ...
Austrian Empire
The Austrian Empire (Austrian German: Kaiserthum Oesterreich, modern spelling Kaisertum Österreich) was created out of the realms of the Habsburgs by proclamation in 1804. It was a multin...
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British Empire
The British Empire comprised the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom. It originated with the overseas posse...
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Bulgarian Empire
In the medieval history of Europe, Bulgaria's status as the Bulgarian Empire (Bulgarian: Българско царство, Balgarsko tsarstvo [ˈbəlɡɐrskʊ ˈt͡sarstvʊ]), wherein it acted as a key regional power (p...
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Byzantine Empire
The Byzantine Empire, alternatively known as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the predominantly Greek-speaking eastern half continuation and remainder of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquit...
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Carthage
The city of Carthage (/ˈkɑrθɪdʒ/; Arabic: قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj) is a city in Tunisia and was the centre of the ancient Carthaginian civilization. The city developed from a Phoenician colony of t...
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Dutch Empire
The Dutch Empire (Dutch: Nederlands-koloniale Rijk) comprised the overseas territories controlled by the Dutch Republic and, later, the modern Netherlands from the 17th century t...
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German Empire
The German Empire (German: Deutsches Kaiserreich), variously referred to as the German Reich or Realm, the Second Reich, or Imperial Germany, was the historical German nation state that e...
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Holy Roman Empire
The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Sacrum Romanum Imperium, German: Heiliges Römisches Reich) was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in central Europe that developed during the Early Middle ...
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Italian Empire
The Italian Empire (Italian: Impero Italiano) was created after the Kingdom of Italy joined other European powers in establishing colonies overseas during the Scramble for Africa. Mo...
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Latin Empire
The Empire of Romania (Latin: Imperium Romaniae), more commonly known in historiography as the Latin Empire (Greek: Λατινική Αυτοκρατορία) or Latin Empire of Constantinople, was a feudal Crusa...
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