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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.

Marcus Furius Camillus

(c. 446 – 364 BCE)

Marcus Furius Camillus was a Roman commander and reformer. His successes on the battlefield resulted in giving him the nickname - "the second founder of Rome".

Marcus Furius Camillus

Marcus Manlius Capitolinus

(? - 384 BCE)

Marcus Manlius Capitolinus was the hero of Rome's defense against the Gauls in 390 BCE. Moreover, ancient writers describe him as a protector of plebeians.

Marcus Manlius Capitolinus

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.

Appius Claudius Caecus in the Roman Curia

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"


(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.



(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. 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.


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

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

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