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Macrinus
Definitionby Donald L. Wasson

Macrinus

Macrinus was Roman emperor from April 217 to June 218 CE. It is a story that has been told countless times before - an emperor is assassinated leaving no heir or successor. On April 8, 217 CE Roman Emperor Caracalla was murdered, supposedly...
Oribasius
Definitionby Helene Perdicoyianni-Paleologou

Oribasius

Oribasius (c. 320-400/403 CE) was the physician and political advisor of the Roman emperor Julian the Apostate (r. 361-363 CE). A native of Pergamon, a rich and powerful Greek city in Mysia, he studied medicine and oratory and belonged to...
Didius Julianus
Definitionby Donald L. Wasson

Didius Julianus

Didius Julianus was Roman emperor from March to June 193 CE. On March 28, 193 CE Roman Emperor Pertinax was assassinated by the Praetorian Guard, and like his predecessor Commodus, he left no apparent successor. Two possible claimants presented...
Postumus
Definitionby Donald L. Wasson

Postumus

Postumus was Roman emperor from 260 to 269 CE. Marcus Cassianus Latinius Postumus was a trusted military commander of Emperor Gallienus (253-268 CE) and governor or Germania Superior and Inferior (Upper and Lower Germany). After the death...
Ten Ancient Egypt Facts You Need to Know
Articleby Joshua J. Mark

Ten Ancient Egypt Facts You Need to Know

Ancient Egypt is defined as the civilization which flourished in North Africa between c. 6000-30 BCE – from the Predynastic Period in Egypt (c. 6000 - c. 3150 BCE) through the Ptolemaic Dynasty (323-30 BCE) before Egypt became a province...
Tophet
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Tophet

The tophet (also topheth) was a sacred precinct usually located outside cities where sacrifices and burials were made, especially of young children, in rituals of the Phoenician and then Carthaginian religion. The tophet is the most evident...
Tel Kabri
Definitionby Henry Curtis Pelgrift

Tel Kabri

Tel Kabri is an archaeological site in the Western Galilee in northwestern Israel and the location of one of the largest palaces in Canaan in the Middle Bronze Age or "MB" (c. 2,000–1,500 BCE), the period in which Tel Kabri...
The Colosseum in Rome
Imageby William West

The Colosseum in Rome

A photo showing the Colosseum (also known as Flavian Amphitheatre) in Rome, Italy.
Colosseum, Stucco Decoration.
Imageby Filip Maes

Colosseum, Stucco Decoration.

Colosseum, Rome. Remains of once vividly painted stucco on the vault of one of the main entrances. 72-80 CE.
The Large Theatre of Pompeii
Imageby Carole Raddato

The Large Theatre of Pompeii

The Large Theatre of Pompeii was built in the 2nd century BCE in the Greek type and carved into the natural slope of the hill. During the reign of Augustus, the theatre was significantly restored and enlarged according to the Roman style...