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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.

Scipio Africanus the Younger

(185 - 129 BCE)

Scipio Africanus the Younger was an outstanding Roman commander from the period of the Third Punic War who conquered Carthage. An advocate of ancient Roman ideals.

Sculpture probably showing Scipio Africanus the Younger

Cornelia Africana the Younger

(c. 190-100 BCE)

Cornelia Africana the Younger went down in history as an exemplary Roman matron who lived in accordance with Roman values ​​and as the mother of Tiberius and Gaius Gracchi.

Cornelia Rejecting the Crown of the Ptolemies, Laurent de La Hyre


(c. 200 - c. 118 BCE)

Polybius was a Greek historian and chronicler during the Republic. He was famous for his care for historical truth and his critical attitude towards sources.


Cato the Elder

(234 - 149 BCE)

Cato the Elder was a Roman orator, politician, and writer. Propagator of strict Roman customs and virtues. Supporter of the destruction of Carthage.

Bust of an older man – the so-called patrician Torlonia. Considered to be a likeness of Cato the Elder

Scipio Africanus the Elder

(236 - 183 BCE)

Scipio Africanus the Elder was a Roman commander and politician. He went down in history as the defender of Rome against Hannibal and the winner of Zama in 202 CE.

Bust of Scipio Africanus the Elder


(c. 238 - c. 148 BCE)

Masinissa was the first king of the Numidians (202-148 BCE). His state included the present territories of eastern Algeria and western Tunisia.



(239 - 169 BCE)

Ennius was a Roman poet, considered the father of Roman poetry. Only fragments of his work have survived to our times.



(c. 250 - 184 BCE)

Plautus was a Roman comedy writer, one of the oldest Roman writers, whose works have been preserved in larger fragments to our times.


Fabius Maximus Cunctator

(c. 280 - 203 BCE)

Fabius Maximus Cunctator was a Roman politician and leader. His nickname Cunctator was derived from his strategy during the Second Punic War.

Quintus Fabius "the Delayer"

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