Marcus Tulius Cicero, famous (or, somewhat infamous) for his letters and speeches praising his own achievements and philosophies is such a interesting a complex character to learn about. 1. Qui Bono? Cicero, in his first big case, showed that the courts were corrupt, and as a lawyer gained a reputation for himself as a man…… Continue reading Cicero’s top five moments~
The image of Hannibal of Carthage marching across the Alps with with his war elephants is understandably significant in the stories of ancient wars and battles. He is portrayed as the leader of a terrifying opposition to the early Roman republic- but why then, despite his strength and tactical approaches, did he fail to be…… Continue reading Hannibal of Carthage; vengence, oaths, and elephants.
A lil post about my day out in Liverpool~~
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