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When the Western Roman emperor Constantius died in 306 ce, his son, Constantine, was named the next emperor at York (in present-day Britain). However, in Rome, Maxentius laid claim to the same title. For nearly six years, Constantine avoided a direct confrontation.
However, in 312 ce, he gathered an army of 40,000 and marched into Rome.
A decisive and historic battle in 312 ce, the Battle of Milvian Bridge was fought between two challengers to the Roman Empire's throne: Constantine and Maxentius.
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How the ancient Romans built roads to last thousands of years

Historical Thread.

There's a reason why the saying 'All roads lead to Rome' is still a thing.
During its zenith under the reign of Septimius Severus in 211 C.E., the mighty Roman Empire stretched over much of Europe, from the Atlantic to the Ural Mountains and from modern-day Scotland to the Sahara or the Arabian Gulf.
Crucial to maintaining dominion over such a large empire was Rome’s huge and intricate network of roads that remained unparalleled even a thousand years after its collapse.
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Historians have been able to piece together a startlingly clear picture of what daily life in ancient Rome was like.
Romans woke up before dawn, finished work by noon, and spent the afternoons pursuing leisurely activities like swimming and exercising.
'At sundown, Romans would get together for elaborate dinner parties that often went on until late in the evening.
There are, roughly speaking, two types of historians: those that look at the past from afar, recording its wars, epidemics, and recessions; and those that look at
the past from up close, studying the lives and livelihoods of ordinary people. Macro-historians help us understand the events that led up to the present moment, while micro-historians try to show us what living during these bygone times actually looked like.
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#RomanSiteSaturday - The Theatre of Marcellus 🏛️🎭

(1/6) Known to the Romans as the Theatrum Marcelli, this stunning ancient open-air theatre sits in the heart of Rome and once had a capacity of up to 20,000 spectators!

#Classics #Rome #Archaeology #Roman #History
(2/6) Construction began in the closing years of the Roman Republic. Julius Caesar ordered space to be cleared for it, but was murdered before its completion. By 17 BCE, construction was advanced enough that it could host the secular games, and by 13 BCE it was finished.
(3/6) The theatre was dedicated to Marcus Claudius Marcellus, the nephew and presumptive heir of the emperor Augustus. Marcellus died in 23 BCE aged 19, leaving the emperor devastated and almost shattering the illusion of a restored republic.
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#RomanSiteSaturday - The Pantheon🏛️

(1/8) Located in #Rome, Italy, the Pantheon is arguably the best surviving example of Imperial #Roman architecture. Richly decorated with Corinthian columns and a variety of coloured marble, it is truly a remarkable site.

#History #Classics
(2/8) Originally constructed during the reign of the emperor Augustus under the patronage of Marcus Agrippa, the current temple is actually a reconstruction undertaken by Trajan and Hadrian following an earthquake. Finished in 126CE, the original inscription was retained:
(3/8) "M·AGRIPPA·L·F·COS·TERTIVM·FECIT"

"M[arcus] Agrippa L[ucii] f[ilius] co[n]s[ul] tertium fecit"

"Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, made [this building] when consul for the third time."
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Did the Romans know their Empire was evil? A thread 🧵
#ClassicsTwitter #AncientRome #History Image
So yesterday, I shared this meme to the page, clearly insinuating that the Roman Empire was an evil construct that brought devastation to many different peoples and over a long period of time (if we take the dates of 753 BCE-476 CE, 1,229 years).
I got a response that we shouldn’t judge ancient people by modern moral standards, () which I think merited a larger discussion around two questions:
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Ancient Site of the Week - The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion 🏛️🔱

(1/5) Located at Cape Sounion on the Attic peninsula, the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon presides over a commanding view of the Aegean sea.

#Classics #AncientGreece #Archaeology #Athens Image
(2/5) Originally, an Archaic-period temple sat on the site. Made of tufa, it was destroyed c. 480 BCE during the #Persian invasion of Greece. Despite being destroyed, the Athenians placed a captured Persian trireme on its ruins following the allied Greek victory in 479 BCE. ImageImage
(3/5) Today, the surviving temple was constructed between 444 - 440 BCE, and serves as one of the major monuments of the Athenian golden age. Later described by Strabo as a "noteworthy settlement", it remained a significant cult centre into the #Roman imperial period. ImageImage
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Comme promis, voici une série de thread sur plusieurs jours qui retrace la bataille romains/ germains de #Teutobourg en l'an 9, dans sa réalité #historique et #archéologique , jour après jour, suite à la sortie de #Barbarians sur @NetflixFR
#twitterAntique #ancientRome
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Campons le décor en commençant par les 2 protagonistes de cette #histoire: Varus et Arminius .
Varus est militaire, avant d’embrasser une carrière politique, partageant l’intimité de la famille de l’Empereur Auguste et d’Agrippa .
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Legat de la légion XIX en Germanie, Varus partagera le consulat avec le jeune Tibère, et deviendra gouverneur d’Afrique et de Syrie, où il constituera sa fortune, et appliquera une politique rude d’administration de province romaine et une forte pression fiscale.

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THREAD. E' 'inizio di ottobre del 52 a.C. ad ALESIA Giulio Cesare ha sconfitto i galli di Vercingetorige. Una battaglia importante, ma come tante altre nella storia, diviene, grazie alla potenza della letteratura, una delle più lette, studiate e discusse per molte generazioni 1/
Il De Bello Gallico, che lancia Cesare ai vertici della morente Res Publica romana, è un sapiente capolavoro di autopropaganda. Ma è vero che ad Alesia il genio militare di Cesare salva i suoi 50mila soldati dall'annientamento a tenaglia da parte di oltre 300mila galli. 2/
Dopo sei anni di guerre in Gallia, Cesare cinge d'assedio Vercingetorige nella collina di Alesia, nell'odierna Borgogna che si eleva a 400 metri ‘colle summo admodum’. Questi richiede aiuto a tutte le tribù del paese. E un potente esercito di soccorso si mette in marcia.3/
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HOY OS PROPONGO ALGO NUEVO!!! No es otro hilo sobre datos históricos ni ninguna biografía. En este breve relato, OS INVITO A TOMAR ASIENTO Y ASISTIR "EN DIRECTO" A UNA NAUMAQUIA EN EL CAMPO DE MARTE #ancientrome #antiguaroma #GladiadorSevero #Naumaquia ABRIMOS HILO, CIUDADANOS!!!
A través de un estrecho ventanuco a ras del suelo, entre pies y piedra, contempló con algo de tristeza y una infinita nostalgia el perfil achacoso y consumido del anfiteatro de Statilio Tauro en el Campo de Marte. En él ya había malgastado sus mejores años.
Ahora el César Nerón había decidido abandonarlo a una larga agonía, vacío de todo espectáculo que unos setenta y cuatro años antes diera razón a su vida, cuando el divino Augusto aún caminaba sobre la tierra.
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Hoy hablamos de una maravilla casi desconocida de la antigua ciudad de Roma. HOY HABLAMOS DE LA VILLA DE LA FARNESINA, el hogar de Julia la Mayor y Agripa #ancientrome #antiguaroma #VillaFarnesina #JuliaMaior #Agripa #Augusto ABRIMOS HILO!!!
El 28 de diciembre de 1870 se produjo una catastrófica crecida del Tíber a su paso por Roma. Desde sus orígenes, la ciudad sufría repetidas inundaciones de ese tipo, pero ahora el gobierno italiano decidió poner todos los medios para prevenirlas.
Se creó con urgencia una comisión formada por los mejores ingenieros hidráulicos de la época y en 1875, con el impulso de Giuseppe Garibaldi, se aprobó el proyecto de Raffaele Canevari
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Matronas!!! El gran día ha llegado!! Por primera y última vez en el año, podréis acceder al sagrado templo de Vesta. HOY SE INICIAN LAS VESTALIAS!!! #ancientrome #antiguaroma #DivinaVesta #Vestalias ABRIMOS HILO!!
Durante los días de las Vestalia las matronas (aquellas mujeres casadas que ya hubieran sido madres) acudían con los pies desnudos y el cabello suelto hasta el templo de Vesta, en el foro republicano, para pedir por el bien de su hogar y su familia
Ovidio nos da la siguiente explicación sobre porque las matronas acudían descalzas: "este lugar que actualmente ocupan los foros estaba antaño cubierto por húmedos marjales (...) Hoy día estos parajes son tierra seca pero aquella antigua costumbre ha perdurado"
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