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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.

Gaius Cilnius Maecenas

(c. 70 - 8 BCE)

Gaius Cilnius Maecenas was a Roman politician, adviser and friend of Octavian Augustus. Patron of poets and artists. His name became the name of the protector of art and science.

Stefan Bakałowicz, At the Patron

Flavius Stilicho

(c. 360 - 22 August 408 CE)

Flavius Stilicho, along with Flavius Aetius, was the last great commander of ancient Rome.

Flavius ??Stilicho


(1st century BCE)

Vitruvius was a great Roman architect and war engineer. He was a constructor of war machines. The creator of the so-called Vitruvian man.

Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci

Cato the Younger

(95 - 46 BCE)

Cato the Younger was a Roman politician (optimist) and philosopher. He imitated the way of being an Elder Caton, who was ideal for him.

Bust of Cato the Younger of Volubilis (Morocco)

Claudius Ptolemy

(c. 100 - c. 168 CE)

Claudius Ptolemy was a Greek astronomer, mathematician and geographer. He lived in Alexandria belonging at that time to the Roman Empire.

Klaudius Ptolemy


(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.


Gordian III

(20 January 225 - 11 February 244 CE)

Roman emperor in the years 238 - 244 CE. He took the throne at the age of 13. Gordian III was grandson of Gordian I and nephew of Gordian II.

A bust of a young Gordian III in the collection of the Capitoline Museums

Cleopatra VII

(69 - 12 August 30 BCE)

Cleopatra VII, called the Great. She was the last pharaoh ruling Egypt of Ptolemy. After her death, Egypt was ruled by the Romans.

Cleopatra VII


(31 August 161 - 31 December 192 CE)

Commodus was a Roman emperor in the years 180-192 CE. He tried to bring absolute power, demanded divine worship as the earthly incarnation of Hercules.

Commodus as Hercules

Agrippina the Younger

(c. 16 - 59 CE)

Agrippina the Younger was the daughter of general Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder. Her son was Neron, whom she placed on the Roman throne with the help of intrigue.

Agrippina the Younger - Nero's mother

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