CategoryHistorical Figures

Anti-Antony

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I dub this invective my Anti-Antony and not my Phillipics for the following reasons: Not everyone would get the reference It’s a little presumptous I Actually think Phillip II of Macedon was pretty awesome It’s more in keeping with my pro-Lepidus its alliterative! Friends, Romans, spambots I come to burn Antony not to praise him for the good an overhypped, self-promoting arse did or...

Cato the elder Younger

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Why is Cato the younger always portrayed in popular culture as a really old man he was younger than Caesar and much younger than Cicero and Pompey yet is frequently portrayed as older than all the above yet he may not have reached 50. In the HBO series Rome the actor playing him is clearly much older than either Pompey, Caesar or Cicero or indeed any other important Roman political figure shown...

That other Tribunician assasination:The death of Livius Drusus and the fall of the Republic.

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The blogging at long last tentatively resumes………..long thought Livius Drusus (ancestor of THAT Livia) got unfairly overshadowed by the perhaps overhyped Grachii in the assasinated tribune sweepstakes and it’s not like the masters of Rome series could bias me here, that’d be ridiculous………. I would hereby like to float the idea that the most important...

Triumvirate versus dictatorship: Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar, Assasination and the outlet factor

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Sup peeps, How’s it hanging? Today I’m here to talk to you about why Julius Caesar was assasinated and Augustus Caesar was not, well we all know that the straw men audience in my head scoff in their hypothetical hubris: it’s because Augustus Caesar cloaked his power like a sneaky fox but Julius paraded it like a pompous fool, no wonder they knifed him! Well while I have no...

Undergraduate Capstone Thesis: Roman politics, literary archetypes and perceptions of Publius Licinius Crassus son of Marcus Crassus the triumvir

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Capstone thesis (very slightly revised….I added some full stops, I’m sure any of you who’ve read much of this blog will appreciate the importance of that….): Roman politics, literary archetypes and perceptions of Publius Licinius Crassus son of Marcus Crassus the triumvir So Yeah, this was an essay I submitted for a compulsary unit of my major for my Bachelors degree where...

Marius vs Sulla- The many layers of historical bias

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Hello all, I hope my last first post wasn’t too long, confusing, repetitive or just plain bad for you, I should probably clarify what I’m aiming to do with this post, I’m not planning to compare the two men to decide who was better in anyway (at least not directly) or who would have defeated the other in battle, be it hypothetically with both at their prime or if Marius had...

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