During the Roman Republic, politics (supposedly) followed the constitutional ‘cursus honorum’, which was basically a list of political jobs which people had to progress along in the correct order to eventually reach the highest position, being consul. Due to the nature of Roman politics, one needed a good reputation to be successful in elections, which is…… Continue reading Was Rome really democratic?
The assassination of Julius Caesar is perhaps one of the most famous incidents which occurred during the time of the Roman republic. Although this happened as long ago as 44BC, over 2000 years ago, the cause of the conspirator’s plot to stab Caesar in the senate house is still disputed today. After Caesar famously crossed…… Continue reading Why was Caesar Assassinated?
Aside from the two exams I have left to go, I’ve finished my first year of uni!! Saying this in early May when I have payed (or, will be paying) £9000 for this seems rather strange, but I do believe it is worth it. I’m very conscious of the fact that I’m at university to…… Continue reading A Few Things I’ve Learned from Uni
A *slightly* impulsive booking of a trip to Rome was such a good idea. Being that ancient Rome is by far my favourite period of history to study, I really wanted to visit this place for myself, seeing some of the most iconic buildings and artwork which exist today in Rome. One night when Mads…… Continue reading A Trip to Rome
Despite not knowing any where near as much as we do about medicine and diseases, ancient societies did have their own ways of diagnosing and treating illnesses. Most were completely ridiculous and probably made matters much, much worse, however some of their beliefs and techniques were actually quite effective. With an underlying belief (or perhaps…… Continue reading Ancient Illnesses & How They Were Treated
One thing about ancient history that never fails to interest me, and (at least I hope) the people I chat about history to, is the really strange cultic rituals the ancient Greeks and Romans got up to. There are far too many to write about in this short blog post, and I’m almost certain that…… Continue reading Ancient Cults & Rituals
If you have heard any stories about the emperors of ancient Rome, you are most likely aware of the fact that some of them were slightly unconventional, by today’s standards. Many tales have been told about the infamous emperor Caligula- he has a particularly bad reputation, often described as being a cruel and unstable tyrannical leader, who made extravagant demands of his subjects.