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Biographies of Romans

In the history of ancient Rome, appeared many famous figures. Many of them have been remembered as cruel tyrants, eg. Caligula, Nero or Caracalla. Others, on the other hand, became famous as great reformers: Augustus, Claudius, Marcus Aurelius, Diocletian, and Constantine the Great. Also, do not forget about the Roman commanders, who often rescued the Roman state from extermination.

The great creators of Roman culture who also significantly influenced the further development of the world were also remembered. I will present people who have become famous for their great deeds.

Martial

(c. 40 - c. 102-104 CE)

Latin poet, considered to be the creator of the epigram (a short lyrical piece with an expressive punch line). Author of 15 books of epigrams.

Appius Claudius Caecus

(c. 340 - 273 BCE)

Roman patrician and politician from the turn of the 4th and 3rd century BCE. He was the builder of the first aqueduct, the Aqua Appia (312 BCE) and the first beaten road, Via Appia.

Diocletian

(22 December 244 - 3 December 311 CE)

Diocletian was a Roman emperor from 284 to 305 CE. His rule begins the era of domination and the so-called tetrarchy.

Pliny the Elder

(23 - 25 August 79 CE)

Pliny the Elder was a Roman historian and writer. His work is "Natural History", an encyclopedia that is a mine of knowledge of Roman times.

Gordian I

(c. 159 - 238 CE)

Gordian I, along with his son Gordian II, was emperor for one month in 238 CE - the so-called "Year of the Six Emperors".

Claudius II Gothicus

(214-270 CE)

Claudius II Gothicus was a Roman emperor in the years 268-270 CE. The first emperor in many years to die a natural death instead of swords. He was remembered so well that the entourage of the future emperor Constantine tried to derive their princeps from his family.

Claudius

(1 August 10 BCE - 13 October 54 CE)

Claudius was a Roman emperor who ruled in the years 41-54 CE. He was one of the better-educated rulers who was discriminated because of his disability.

Publius Quintilius Varus

(c. 46 BCE - September 9 CE)

Publius Quintilius Varus was a Roman politician and commander during the reign of Octavian Augustus. He commanded 3 legions destroyed in the Teutoburg Forest.

Vespasian

(17 November 9 - 23 June 79 CE)

Vespasian was a Roman emperor who ruled from 69-79 CE. The first ruler of the Flavian dynasty. He distinguished himself as a reformer and reorganizer of the state.

Maximinus Thrax

(c. 172 - April 238 CE)

Maximinus Thrax, also known as Maximinus I, reigned as emperor in the years 235-238 CE. He is considered the first barbarian to wear Imperial Purple. According to "Historia Augusta", he was 250 cm tall. Moreover, his thumb was reportedly so large that he wore his wife's bracelet as a ring.

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