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As a tender slave, Rufus grows up faraway from the corruption of Caligula's imperial court docket the place extra, large construction initiatives, the biggest gladiatorial battles Rome was once ever to see—men and animals killed within the hundreds—conspiracies, assassination makes an attempt, and sexual scandal have been the norm. but if Rufus' turning out to be attractiveness as an animal coach and his friendship with Cupido, considered one of Rome's maximum gladiators, allure the harsh gaze of the Emperor, Rufus is acquired from his grasp and brought to the imperial palace because the keeper of the imperial elephant. Rufus quickly sees that lifestyles here's dictated via Caligula’s ever transferring moods—he is as beneficiant as he's merciless and he's a megalomaniac who publicizes himself a residing god who at the same time lives in consistent worry of the plots opposed to his existence. yet Caligula's paranoia isn't really lost, and Rufus and Cupido locate themselves unwittingly put on the middle of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.
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This wonderfully illustrated booklet brings to existence the traditional Romans whom sleek scholarship has principally missed: slaves, ex-slaves, foreigners, and the freeborn operating bad. although that they had no entry to the higher echelons of society, traditional Romans enlivened their global with all demeanour of artistic endeavors. Discussing quite a lot of paintings within the past due republic and early empire--from widely used monuments to the vague Caupona of Salvius and little-studied tomb reliefs--John R.
The heritage of Spain in overdue antiquity deals very important insights into the dissolution of the western Roman empire and the emergence of medieval Europe. still, scholarship on Spain during this interval has lagged in the back of that on different Roman provinces. Michael Kulikowski attracts at the most up-to-date archeological and literary facts to combine overdue vintage Spain into the wider historical past of the Roman empire, supplying a definitive narrative and analytical account of the Iberian peninsula from A.
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At the time the war broke out, Rome did not have a navy, but after capturing a Carthaginian ship, the Romans copied it and were able to construct a navy of several hundred ships, which they used effectively against the Carthaginians. The war dragged on until 241 BC, when Carthage finally relented and agreed to give up all claims to Sicily. The Carthaginians also agreed to pay a massive penalty to Rome and cease trading in waters controlled by the Roman navy. When the First Punic War ended, a Carthaginian child named Hannibal was 7 years old.
Many of the Roman soldiers managed to escape the massacre and flee back to Rome, where they took refuge on the Capitoline, which was well fortified. Below the Capitoline fortifications, the Gauls poured into the city, looting and burning everything in sight. They remained in Rome for seven months, attempting many times to dislodge the remaining soldiers from the Capitoline but failing each time. Finally, the Romans sued for peace. The price demanded by Brennus was high—1,000 pounds (454kg) of gold—but the Romans felt they had no choice and agreed to the Gallic leader’s demands.
Back in Rome 52 the slave-owning aristocrats were horrified by the uprising and found themselves living in fear, wondering whether their household slaves would rise against them and join the revolt. They demanded the Roman Senate take action and put down the uprising. The Senate responded by sending Roman legions to halt the advance of the slave army, but the soldiers met with mixed results, winning some confrontations with the slaves but losing many as well. Legions were hastily recalled from Spain to help swell the ranks of the Roman army.