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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.


(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.


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

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

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.


Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus

(162 - 133 BCE)

Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus was a Roman politician and people's tribune, who in 133 BCE undertook significant reforms for the benefit of the Roman Republic. After his death, Gaius continued his brother's ambitious plans.

Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus

Gaius Marius

(157/6 - 13 January 86 BCE)

Gaius Marius was a great Roman general and seven times elected consul. He became famous for defeating the Teutons and Cimbri and carrying out the reform of the Roman army.

Gaius Marius

Lucius Cornelius Sulla

(138 - 78 BCE)

Lucius Cornelius Sulla was a Roman commander and politician - the optimist. In 82 BCE Sulla was given dictatorial power. In the following years, he carried out a number of political reforms.

Bust of Lucius Cornelius Sulla without nose

Lucius Licinius Lucullus

(117 - 56 BCE)

Lucius Licinius Lucullus was a Roman commander and politician. Sulla's supporter, famous for his victories in the war with the ruler of Pontus, Mithridates VI Eupator.

Lucullus came from a distinguished plebeian family

Marcus Terentius Varro

(116 - 27 BCE)

Marcus Terentius Varro was a Roman scholar and writer. A true erudite, considered one of the best educated people in the history of ancient Rome.


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