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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.


(after 290 - 326 CE)

The life of Constantine the Great was not an easy one. He had to face more and more new problems, and the higher he climbed in his political career, the more of them there were. The emperor had an ambitious and clever woman at his side - Fausta. One time she saved his life by defending him from his own father. However, this made Constantine decide to get rid of her.

Fragment of a sculpture depicting Empress Fausta

Constantius I Chlorus

(31 March 250 - 25 July 306 CE)

Almost everyone knows the achievements of Constantine the Great. However, not everyone knows that Constantine the Great owes the most to his father - a good and efficient emperor who rose to the top of his career almost from scratch. Who was the father of the great emperor? What has he done? Under what circumstances did he receive the purple? How did he end up in a relationship with a saint? What kind of man was Constantius Chlorus?

Constantius I Chlorus

Faustina the Elder

(c. 100 - 140 CE)

Faustina the Elder was the daughter of Marek Annius Verus and Faustina Rupilia. She also went down in history as the aunt of emperor Marcus Aurelius. But her biography also hides an interesting story - she was one of the most engaged empresses in improving the education of the lower social strata...

Bust of Faustina the Elder

Statilia Messalina

(c. 35 - after 69 CE)

Statilia Messalina was the third and last wife of Emperor Nero. She came from a senatorial family, which enjoyed great fame.

Statilia Messalina

Publius Terence Afer

(c. 185/4 – 159 BCE)

Publius Terence Afer was a Roman comedy writer whose work was popular not only in ancient Rome but also in the Middle Ages and later. Terence used elegant Latin, and in his works, he focused primarily on man, his personality and reactions to entanglement in everyday and unusual problems.


Livia Drusilla

(30 January 58 BCE - 29 CE)

Livia Drusilla was the last wife of Emperor Augustus, who reigned from 27 BCE to 14 CE. Their marriage lasted over 50 years and was characterized by mutual loyalty.

Livia Drusilla

Polemon of Laodicea

(c. 88-144 CE)

Polemon is considered one of the greatest orators of the imperial period. He came from Laodicea (Asia Minor), from a famous senatorial family.

Polemon of Laodicea

Herod Agrippa I

Every person interested in antiquity certainly associates the figure of the king of Judea, Herod the Great. He was remembered as a great builder, philhellene, but also as a cruel despot and tyrant. However, much less is said about his descendant, an equally interesting figure who influenced not only the fate of Jews and their homeland, but also partly the fate of the entire Roman Empire. This figure is the grandson of Herod the Great, King Herod Agrippa I.

Herod Agrippa I

Flavia Domitilla

(before 20 - before 69 CE)

Flavia Domitilla (before 20-before 69 CE) was the wife of Vespasian, the mother of the Flavian dynasty and its successors: Titus and Domitian. She came from the city of Ferentium in central Italy. Her father Flavius ​​Liberalis was a modest official. Some sources even say that he was a scribe. Domitilla herself was forced to prove her free birth and Roman citizenship several times.

Flavia Domitilla


(1 August 126 - 28 March 193 CE)

Pertinax ruled as a Roman emperor for three months in 193 CE. He was the son of an ordinary liberator who, despite his low position, became emperor.


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