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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.

Favorinus of Arelate

(c. 80 - 160 CE)

Favorinus of Arelate (today Arles in the south of France) lived in the years around 80-160 CE and was a famous sophist and philosopher. Although he was Gaul, he mastered Greek to perfection, which made him an acknowledged and admired orator.


Claudius Aelianus

(c. 175 - c. 235 CE)

Claudius Aelianus was a Roman writer and teacher of rhetoric. He was active in the time of Emperor Septimius Severus. He was called "the honey-tongued".


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.


Ammianus Marcellinus

(c. 330 - after 392 CE)

Ammianus Marcellinus was born around 330 CE in Antioch, the capital of Syria. He was a historian and Roman commander of Greek origin.



(c. 40 - c. 102-104 CE)

Latin poet, considered to be the creator of the epigram (a short lyrical piece with an expressive punch line). Author of 15 books of epigrams.


Pliny the Elder

(23 - 25 August 79 CE)

Pliny the Elder was a Roman historian and writer. His work is "Natural History", an encyclopedia that is a mine of knowledge of Roman times.

Pliny the Elder


(c. 150 - 240 CE)

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


Flavius Vegetius

(2nd half of 4th century CE)

Flavius ​​Vegetius, born as Publius Flavius ​​Vegetius Renatus was a Roman writer and historian in the second half of the 4th century CE. Author of outstanding work on military - De rei militari. In De rei militari Vegetius describes himself as a Christian.


Seneca the Younger

(c. 4 BCE - 65 CE)

Seneca the Younger was a rhetorician, writer, poet and Roman philosopher. Called the "Philosopher" he was the teacher and guardian of Nero at the beginning of his reign.

Seneca the Younger on a Roman herm


(1st century BCE)

Vitruvius was a great Roman architect and war engineer. He was a constructor of war machines. The creator of the so-called Vitruvian man.

Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci

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