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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.

Martial

Gnaeus Julius Agricola

(13 June 40 - 23 August 93 CE)

Julius Agricola was a Roman commander who in the years 77-84 CE was governor in Britain. In 80 CE he undertook an expedition to conquer Caledonia (currently Scotland).

Statue of Julius Agrykoli in Bath (England)

Britannicus

(12 February 41 - 11 February 55 CE)

Britannicus was the son of the emperor Claudius and Messalina. He received the nickname to celebrate the conquest of Britain by his father in 43 CE. He was murdered by order of Nero, as a rival to the throne.

Detail of the statue showing Britannicus

Domitian

(24 October 51 - 18 September 96 CE)

Domitian was a Roman emperor in the years 81-96 CE. He became famous for the persecution of Christians and autocratic governments. Son of Vespasian and brother of Titus.

Domitian

Trajan

(18 September 53 - 9 August 117 CE)

Trajan was a Roman emperor from 98-117 CE. He was one of the so-called five good emperors. A brilliant reformer, military commander, good governor.

Trajan

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

(55 - 120 CE)

Publius Cornelius Tacitus was a Roman historian; he is called the king of Roman historians. He wrote, among others "Annals", “Histories”, “The Life of Agricola”, and “Germania".

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

Pliny the Younger

(61 - c. 113 CE)

Pliny the Younger was a lawyer, writer and Roman official. He witnessed the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, in which his uncle Pliny the Elder was killed.

Pliny the Younger

Suetonius

(c. 69 - after 122 CE)

Suetonius was a writer and Roman historian. Creator of the biography of Roman emperors. He wrote in both Latin and Greek.

Suetonius

Hadrian

(24 January 76 - 10 July 138 CE)

Hadrian was a Roman emperor in the years 117-138 CE. He is considered one of the best emperors of Rome; belonged to the so-called five good emperors.

Emperor Hadrian

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.

Pliny the Elder

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