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Emperor Commodus: Was He Really So Terrible?

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Roman Emperor Commodus (161-192 AD) is widely regarded as one of the ‘bad emperors’ and a bloody tyrant. This image has been perpetuated in several movies, especially the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and Gladiator (2000). His reign and life were extraordinary by

The Life of Marcus Aurelius: Part II

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom One Empire, Two Emperors Life changed drastically for Marcus Aurelius, and Rome in 161 when Antoninus Pius died, leaving Marcus effectively as the new Emperor. However, although he was granted the name Augustus and the title imperator, and was elected Pontifex Maximus, Marcus appears to have taken

The Life of Marcus Aurelius: Part I

Written by Katherine Kennedy, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom A Man of Many Names Marcus was born on the 26th of April, in Rome, in the year 121 A.D.. He bore many different versions of his name whilst growing up; these changed as his familial status was altered first by the death of his father, then

Tiberius: Great Emperor or Monster?

Written by Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Tiberius( 42 BC –37 AD) was the second Roman Emperor and one of its greatest. He was also a brilliant general. Yet, he is remembered today as a gloomy tyrant who was vey cruel. Tiberius was a very complex man and to this day he is something

International Trade in the Ancient World

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisodm We are all aware of the great achievements of the Greeks and the Romans. However, they were also great traders and they helped to establish an international trade network that changed the world. The Early International Trade Network After the Bronze Age collapse caused by the invasions of

The Battle of Nisibis: Parthia VS Rome

By Edward Whelan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Battle of Nisibis (217 AD) was the last battle between the Roman and the Parthian Empire. They had battled each other regularly for almost three centuries. This two-day battle was a particularly brutal and bloody one. The Background to the Battle of Nisibis Caracalla was one of