Roman History

Spartacus.

October 19, 2011

In 72 BC one in three Romans was a slave. So roughly two million slaves attended to the needs of four million Romans. A slave was considered property. A slave’s life and well-being depended on the whims of the masters of the household. Slaves couldn’t own property or vote or testify in a courtroom. If […]

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The Battle of Adrianople. 378 AD.

July 28, 2011

Arriving Gothic cavalry poured in from behind at this unfortunate timing and the Roman order of battle on their right flank crumbled. The Romans retreated to the base of the hill where the Goths were assembled and there they were surrounded and all killed. Other portions of the Roman line held for a time and made headway. But 4 PM, the rest of the Gothic cavalry poured in and routed the Romans. As many as 25,000 Romans may have been killed. Valens, himself was abandoned by his guards and died on the battlefield.

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Boudica.

July 26, 2011

The Queen of the Iceni was betrayed and brutalized by the Romans. So she put together an army and smashed a Roman Legion, and burned three Roman occupied cities.   Boudica, was “possessed of greater intelligence than often belongs to women”, that she was tall, had hair described as reddish-brown or tawny hanging below her […]

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Roman Marching Camps

April 20, 2011

The outpost supply and harbor system is a military concept created by the Romans. They were the first real empire to put in place forward operating bases deep in occupied territory. Once the Romans had to occupy Gaul and return to quell uprisings they also needed a place to retreat to when they were overwhelmed […]

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The Aegates Islands Ambush. The End Of The First Punic War.

April 14, 2011

Rome and Carthage, two great seagoing nations with huge armies and tremendous wealth both existed within each others sphere of influence. The three major wars fought between them was inevitable. The outcomes were not. But the first war went to the Romans. This was the last battle. In 241, at the end of the First […]

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A Letter From A Roman Soldier To His Father.

March 21, 2011

A Roman soldier named Apion from a small town in Egypt, traveled to Alexandria and enlisted in the Roman army. He boarded a troop transport and travelled to Italy where he was deployed for duty. He writes this letter home. Apion to  his father and lord Epimachos: Many good wishes! First of all I hope […]

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Roman Recruit Writes Home Around 30 BC.

February 3, 2011

This kid is inducted into the Roman Navy from another city state, probably Greeks fighting for the Romans. He is in the ancient Roman Port City of Misenum, around Naples today. Apollinarius to Taesis, his mother and lady, many greetings! Before all I pray for your health. I myself am well, and make supplication for […]

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Reading Josephus.

January 20, 2011

  Flavian Josephus   Its amazing how nothing ever changes. I downloaded Josephus’ work, The Wars of the Jews on a free ebook site. and in his very first complaint, he cavils the other sources of accounts of the Judean revolt as wildly inaccurate and filled with bias. He lambasts them, he says they were […]

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Pompeii Structure That Housed Gladiators Collapses.

November 7, 2010

What a shame. This thousands of years  old structure collapsed today. It’s not like this just history, this is major tourism magnet and Italy is one of the largest tourist destinations of Europe, certainly one of the largest in Italy. Being of the opinion that what has happened will be repeated, and what has happened […]

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History Carved In Stone

October 17, 2010

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Gladiators Didn’t Have It All That Bad.

August 11, 2010

These Roman slaves and prisoners provided bloody combative entertainment to Roman masses for three hundred years. First appearing in 400 BC, gladiatorial combat was a hit from the moment the Romans started it. Given that the Romans were considered the most civilized culture of their time, it is also proper to note that they were […]

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The Gladius Or Roman Short Sword, Probably The Weapon That Resulted In More Death Than Any Weapon In Ancient History

July 16, 2010

  Roman Short Swords .   Glasius, Roman Short Sword     Gladius Roman Short Sword ..   Related Posts:Gladiators Didn’t Have It All That Bad.

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The Fall Of Masada Audio Podcast

April 19, 2010

Click Here For The CMIG Masada Podcast Related Posts:Masada.

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If You Can’t Beat ’em, Build A Wall Around ’em.

January 17, 2010

Vercingetorix was a swashbuckling, charismatic king of the Arverni Gauls who bucked under ham handed Roman rule, and like his father Celtillus, he united a group of Gallic tribesmen to form an army to resist the Romans and drive them out of the land. They both failed ultimately. He came to power in 52 BC […]

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The Scutum

January 14, 2010

Re-enactments Of Roman Formations Polybius describes the Roman Shield in  Histories “The Roman shield is a curved outward surface of which measures two and a half feet in width and four feet in length, the thickness at the rim being a palm’s breadth. It is made of two planks glued together, the outer surface being […]

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Military Anecdote of the Day

June 9, 2009

Ulysses S. Grant was often unkempt and shabbily dressed. Once upon entering a tavern on a wintry evening in Galena, Illinois, he came upon a large group of attorneys who were there for a court session. They were gathered around the hearth. One attorney looked up and pronounced: “Here’s a stranger gentleman and by the […]

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The German Bomber That Almost Reached Manhattan.

June 9, 2009

If you want to make a movie about WWII fighter warfare you have to know that there are still thousands of well maintained WWII aircraft around, except for the models that didn’t survive or for some reason adapt well to modern air travel and air combat. Like flying boats. And if you were to make […]

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Gaius Marius, Rome’s Eisenhower in the First Barbarian War.

May 29, 2009

But when they barbarians retreated back through the gap, the 6000 Roman regulars hidden there cut off the escape. It was a classic envelopment and a few hours later the entire Ambrone people were done for, the Teutons had been decimated, and the Cimbri had no idea.

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