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Marc Antony's Parthian War

Posted July 19th, 2014 at 09:43 PM by Salah

The Arsakid Parthian Kingdom could possibly be described as one of the most over-exaggerated threats to the Roman Empire. In 53 BCE the Parthians gained notoriety when they slaughtered the triumvir Crassus' army at Carrhae, capturing legionary standards in the process. Sixteen years later, in march of 37 BCE, Marcus Antonius embarked on a war of revenge against Parthia.

Antony's army was one of the largest that Rome ever gathered. His biographer Plutarch claims that it consisted of...
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Augustus (from 'Salah's Portraits of the Roman Emperors')

Posted July 10th, 2014 at 09:24 AM by Salah

Augustus (r. 27 BCE - 14 CE)

Born on September 23rd, 63 BCE, at Roma, Italia. Parents were Gaius Octavius, an Equestrian, and Atia.

A member of the Second Triumvirate 43-30 BCE; formally reigned from January 16th, 27 BCE to August 19th, 14 CE.

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In his boyhood, the future Augustus was often called 'Thurinus', apparently to commemorate a victory his father won at Thurii over members of the Spartacan Revolt....
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The Children of Cleopatra

Posted June 30th, 2014 at 12:27 PM by Salah

Cleopatra VII, surnamed Thea Philopator, ruled Ptolemaic Egypt from 51 to 30 BCE, though she briefly shared the throne with two younger brothers, both named Ptolemy, early in her reign. The story of Cleopatra's life is fairly well-known. Her position was solidified by Julius Caesar, who became her lover. After his assassination she became associated with Marcus Antonius, and backed him during the final civil war between Octavian and Antony. After the defeat at Actium, Antony, and then Cleopatra...
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The Barbarian Conspiracy - Warfare in 4th Century Britain

Posted June 29th, 2014 at 07:33 AM by Salah

In the 360s CE, the Roman garrisons of Britannia were supposedly understrength, because of the civil war between Constantius I and Magnentius in the decade before. Over the winter of 367-368, the 'barbarians' took advantage of this weakness, initiating a short but savage war that has gone down in history as the 'Barbarian Conspiracy'.

The tribes supposedly involved were diverse - among those listed were 'the Picti, Saxones, Scotti, and Atecotti'. The 'Picti' were the tribesmen of...
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Claudius II Gothicus

Posted May 22nd, 2014 at 06:08 PM by Salah

Claudius 'Gothicus' was the first in a series of Roman emperors who restored a measure of stability to the Empire in the final decades of the 3rd Century CE. The so-called 'Crisis of the Third Century', spanning from 235 to 284, witnessed crippling plagues, military disasters, and a rapid turnover of imperial clamaints. Only with the short but crucial reign of Claudius, did the Empire's fortunes begin to cautiously rise.

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