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Julius Caesar: Roman Politician and General

Gaius Julius Caesar was born 12 July 100 BCE (though some cite 102 as his birth year). His father, also Gaius Julius Caesar, was a Praetor who governed the province of Asia and his mother, Aurelia Cotta, was of noble birth. Both held to the Populare ideology of Rome which favored democratization of government and more rights for the lower class as opposed to the Optimate factions’ claim of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:31:27+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Mega Structures: The Taj Mahal of India

Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his cherished wife, the Taj Mahal stands on the southern bank of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. The famed mausoleum complex, built over more than 20 years, is one of the most outstanding examples of Mughal architecture, which combined Indian, Persian and Islamic influences. At its center is the Taj Mahal itself, built of [...]

By | 2017-10-30T13:31:39+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Categories: Constructions|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Byzantine Castle-Town of Mystras

Like a replica in miniature of the majestic form of Mt. Taygetos, Mystras rises above the verdant valley of Eurotas. Historically, the medieval fortress town of Mystras moves to the forefront after the Fourth Crusade, in 1204, when the crusaders establish the Latin empire (1204-1261) and other states in the Byzantine lands they conquered. The region of the Peloponnese was occupied by the Frankish knights and hence became the Principality [...]

By | 2017-10-31T18:28:06+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Constructions, Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rome Mad Emperor: Nero

Nero was born in 37 A.D., the nephew of the emperor. After his father’s death, his mother married his great uncle, Claudius, and persuaded him to name Nero his successor. Nero took the throne at 17, rebuffed his mother’s attempts to control him, and had her killed. He spent lavishly and behaved inappropriately. He began executing opponents and Christians. In 68, he committed suicide when the empire revolted. Early Life [...]

By | 2017-01-01T15:14:58+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Categories: Ancient Times, Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

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