Julius Caesar, for many a hero, for others a master of war, a tyrant. Whatever your take on Caesar is, the fact is that he was a rather intelligent man who used all the tools he had at hand to complete his objectives. Part of this involved building a narrative for Rome; tales of the greatness of their people and … More Caesar & the Celts: Nationalistic Propaganda and Fear of Foreigners
If you go around asking random strangers in a clandestine political gathering what have the Romans ever done for us? they’ll probably answer with the aqueducts, irrigation, sanitation, roads, etc.. They’re quite right for saying so. Anyone willing to deny the Romans these achievements is simply being blasphemous, and in Roman times that deserves a … More Roman Rocks in Mathematics and Medicine
My aim with this topic is to examine the development of European swords through the Medieval period and into the Renaissance, along the way looking at all the details that change throughout that timeframe. I also intend to look at the possible reasons behind the gradual transformations of the sword, be they caused by changes … More The Evolution of European Sword Design – From the Romans to Normans
Since before 3500 BC people have been putting defensive walls around their settlements. As I’m sure you all know, these pesky walls and fortifications can be a real pain when you want to get inside somewhere for whatever reason. Maybe you’re at war with the occupants, maybe they have something of yours, like some loot … More Siege Warfare Through the Ages – Which Siege Tactics Are Right For You?
I decided to create this little map just recently after going down memory lane and remembering my visit to St Albans and the Roman ruins in there. I think it is easy to forget sometimes the scope of the enclaves the Romans held in Britain, particularly in England itself. So I have pin down the … More Enclaves of Roman Britain
Right, I am back banging on about architecture. We left it on the Greeks last time, so it only makes sense to talk about the Romans a bit today! But today I am going to do something slightly different from last time. I will give you a run through the uses of Roman architecture and … More The Glory of Rome: Imperial Monumental Architecture
Before I studied history I didn’t know a lot about certain periods, one of which was the apparent gap between the time of the Romans and the beginning of the true Medieval period. Eventually I found out that this is known as ‘The Migration Period’. This period of history is often overlooked in many places, … More What Is The Migration Period? – Part 1: The Romans and The Goths
Whilst getting ready for this paper I was quietly watching the television, late at night, when a story came to help me. The show was a documentary about Waterloo. The story was, roughly, about a private and his food on the morning of the battle, or rather, about the lack of food. So as the … More Napoleon’s Forgotten Tin Cans
Jokes about inbreeding and incest are common in discussions about royalty, for non-historians such jokes can actually be some of the basis of their knowledge about royalty. However why royalty decided to choose incestuous unions and what the effects of such unions are less considered. This is despite incest and inbreeding being apparent across the … More Incest and Royalty: The Reasons and the Effects
So what is a Modern historian doing writing about a man who lived from 106 BC to 43 BC. Well as you may have seen from earlier posts, this month we are all writing out of our comfort zones. Now I have a confession to make. Ancient Rome and Greece is not really out of … More Cicero-a man of the republic and a great historical source!