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Biographies of Romans (Representatives of culture)

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.

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.


Polemon of Laodicea

(c. 88-144 CE)

Polemon is considered one of the greatest orators of the imperial period. He came from Laodicea (Asia Minor), from a famous senatorial family.

Polemon of Laodicea

Publilius Syrus

(1st century BCE)

Publilius Syrus lived in the 1st century BCE. He was a Roman writer, mime artist, theater representative and creator of a sentences. He wrote in Latin.


Gaius Valerius Catullus

(c. 84 - c. 54 BCE)

Catullus was a Roman poet from Verona, belonging to the group of neo-serics, the only representative of them, whose works have survived in greater numbers.



(c. 99 - c. 55 BCE)

Lucretius was a Roman poet and philosopher. His works, along with Catullus and the comedy-writers Plautus and Terentius, have survived to our times.



(86 - 35 BCE)

Sallust was a great Roman historiographer. Sallust became a very devoted supporter of Caesar and was closely associated with the popular party.



(c. 50 - c. 15 BCE)

Propertius was a Roman poet of the Augustus period. He wrote mainly love elegies, the most famous of which were dedicated to a woman named Cynthia.

Auguste Jean Baptiste Vinchon, Propercius and Cynthia in Tivoli


(20 March 43 BCE - 17 or 18 CE)

Ovid was one of the greatest Roman elegics and poets of the Augustan era. Horace's friend.

Ovid with a laurel wreath on his head

Titus Livius

(59 BCE - 17 CE)

Titus Livius was the chief historian of the Augustus era. His partially preserved work "Ab urbe condita" is the source of the history of Rome.

Titus Livius


(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.


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