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The Propaganda of Octavian and Mark Antony's Civil War
Articleby Jesse Sifuentes

The Propaganda of Octavian and Mark Antony's Civil War

Propaganda played an important role in Octavian (l. 63 BCE - 14 CE) and Mark Antony's (l. 83 – 30 BCE) civil war, and once victorious at the Battle of Actium (31 BCE), Octavian returned home to become the first Roman emperor. The decade...
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Sextus Julius Caesar

Sextus Julius Caesar (died 90 or 89 BCE) was Roman politician in the first quarter of the first century BCE. In our sources, he is sometimes called Lucius. The end of the second century BCE witnessed the rise of new families in Roman...
Roman Assassination
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Roman Assassination

Artist's impression of an assassination in ancient Rome. The image is likely inspired by the assassination of Julius Caesar on the steps of the curia in the Forum Romanum.
Roman Bridge over the Rubicon River
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Roman Bridge over the Rubicon River

Roman bridge over the Rubicon river located in Savignano sul Rubicone. The Rubicon has been one of the world’s most famous rivers ever since Julius Caesar crossed it in 49 BCE. However the bridge does not date from Caesar's times. It was...
Cleopatra's Nose
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Cleopatra's Nose

In the comic Asterix and Cleopatra (1963), Caesar exclaims, “she is kind, but the spices that easily go up her nose... she is pretty, too, though!” The joke (translated in the English edition as “only her nose is so easily put out of joint”...
The Masaesyli and Massylii of Numidia
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

The Masaesyli and Massylii of Numidia

The North African Berber kingdom of Numidia (202-40 BCE) was originally inhabited by a tribe (or federation of tribes) known as the Masaesyli, to the west, and a coalition of smaller tribes, known as the Massylii, to the east. The meaning...
Julio-Claudian Family Tree
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Julio-Claudian Family Tree

Family tree of Julio-Claudian Dynasty, which produced five emperors at the start of the Roman Empire (27 BCE - 68 CE).
Pope Julius II by Raphael
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Pope Julius II by Raphael

A portrait of Pope Julius II (r. 1503-1513 CE) by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, c. 1512 CE. (National Gallery London)
Cicero
Definitionby James Lloyd

Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman orator, statesman, and writer. He was born on 6 January 106 BCE at either Arpinum or Sora, 70 miles south-east of Rome, in the Volscian mountains. His father was an affluent eques, and the family was distantly...
Recreation of the Battle of Thapsus
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Recreation of the Battle of Thapsus

A recreation of the Battle of Thapsus in 46 CE, by Seán Ó’Brógáín. The Battle of Thapsus was an important battle during Caesar's Civil War (49-45 BCE), and was one of the last engagements where elephants were used in Mediterranean warfare.
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