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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.


(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

Gordian I

(c. 159 - 238 CE)

Gordian I, along with his son Gordian II, was emperor for one month in 238 CE - the so-called "Year of the Six Emperors".

Gordian I


(c. 150 - 240 CE)

Tertullian was a Latin theologian from North Africa who was converted to Christianity in 190 CE. Zealous apologist.


Clodius Albinus

(c. 150 - 19 February 197 CE)

Clodius Albinus was a Roman emperor who reigned in the years 196-197 CE as a usurper. Appointed by troops in Gaul and Spain.

Clodius Albinus

Gaius Fulvius Plautianus

(c. 150-205 CE)

Gaius Fulvius Plautianus was the praetorian prefect during the reign of Emperor Septimius Severus and one of the most powerful officials in Roman history.


Septimius Severus

(11 April 145/6 – 4 February 211 CE)

Septimius Severus was Roman emperor ruling in 193-211 CE. He won the civil war and stabilized the situation in the state after the death of Commodus. He began a new dynasty - Syrian.

Septimius Severus

Gaius Pescennius Niger

(c. 135 - 194 CE)

Gaius Pescennius Niger was the Roman emperor ruling in 193-194 CE. He was raised to the throne by eastern legions. He fought in a civil war, among others with Septimius Severus.

Gaius Pescennius Niger

Didius Julianus

(30 January 133 - 1 June 193 CE)

Didius Julianus reigned from March 28 to June 1, 193 CE. As an influential and wealthy senator, after the murder of Pertinax, he obtained imperial dignity in the auction.

Didius Julianus

Lucius Verus

(15 December 130 - February 169 CE)

Lucius Verus reigned in Rome in the years 161-169 CE together with his adoptive brother Marcus Aurelius. He became famous for his love to fun.

Lucius Verus

Apuleius of Madaura

(c. 125 - after 170 CE)

Apuleius, also called Apuleius of Madaura, was a Berber writer and philosopher from the 2nd century CE. Author of the satirical romance Metamorphoses / The Golden Ass.


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