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Quotes
"Fallacia alia aliam trudit"
(Publius Terentius - Andria IV, 4, 39-40)
"One deception brings another"
"In magnis et voluisse sat est"
(Propertius - Elegies II,10,6)
"In great things, it is enough even to have willed"
"Difficiles nugae"
(Martial - The Epigrams II, 86)
"Difficult trifles"

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  • Castra Peregrina

    The organization of the Empire by Augustus also entailed the creation of organizations entrusted with tasks until that time attributed confused and among these was the establishment of a military detachment that today would be called "intelligence" ...

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  • Equestrian statues in Rome

    The only great equestrian statue of Roman times that has come to this day is that of Marcus Aurelius; the splendid jewel of fusion art in Imperial Rome has been saved as it was believed that the character represented was Constantine because the statue was found near the Lateran where was the domus of Helena, mother of Constantine. But where Elena's domus stood there were Horti of Lucilla, the mother of Marcus Aurelius, and almost certainly the statue ornamented Lucilla's garden ...

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  • An indecent proposal

    In Rome, the Egyptian cults had come especially with the slaves and the cult of the Goddess Isis had soon made many followers among the people, but these cults were strongly opposed by the patricians and an episode is emblematic of this attitude. During the reign of Tiberius there was a fact about the indecent proposal that the patrician Decius Mundo did to the matron Paolina, wife of Sentius Saturninus; the knight offered two hundred thousand drachmas to the matron to spend a night of love with her; but Paolina refused each proposal and then the knight decided to resort to a stratagem worthy to Jupiter ...

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  • The Gregorian calendar

    The year 708 ab Urbe condita was established by Julio César ultimus annus confusionis and had the duration of 445 days to be able to re-align the duration of the calendar year with the solar year; 45 BC was the first year in which the passage of days and seasons was characterized according to the Julian calendar ...

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  • Montecavallo divine twins

    The large square in front of the Quirinal palace commissioned by Sixtus V seems designed by a rationalist architect who wanted to enrich it with two imposing statues of horses and riders with purest lines ...

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  • The most popular arguments
  • Pandataria, insula et carcer

    Ventotene is one of the Pontine islands, in the days of Ancient Rome his name was Pandataria. Very small, only 154 hectares, was chosen by the emperors of Rome as a place of exile for their family women considered immoral or dangerous ...

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  • Via Sacra, luxury street

    Already starting from Tarquinius Priscus times along the Via Sacra were built porticus on which opened tabernae where were selling the most varied goods; in the V century BC in the Forum were opened tabernae for the sale of meat coming in from nearby Foro Boario: it was from the counter of a butcher that the father of Virginia took the knife by which killed her near Sacellum Cloacinae. At the end of the IV century BC There it was a big change: Gaius Menius, who defeated the Samnites washing the shame of Caudine Forks, he decided to make improvements to the Forum and built some elevations on tabernae surrounding the large central area of the Forum where took place then the Ludus Gladiatores so there were more places for spectators ...

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  • Drusus the younger

    In the summer of 15 BC Vipsania Agrippina, wife of Tiberius, was at Antium when she gave birth to Nero Claudius Drusus, called Drusus Julius Caesar to distinguish him from his uncle Drusus the Elder ...

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  • The rock crystal

    Rock crystal stone was consecrated to Juno because among its many powers was to channel the positive energy and bring out the capabilities of each. Rock crystal had in Roman times a very high value. Important criteria for assessing the rock crystal were naturally the transparency and the absence of inclusions; if the crystals were not always perfectly clear they were used to make objects artfully worked with decorations that dissembled impurities, it preferred not to decorate those without defects; the maximum value was by absolute transparency, the most popular must have the color of the clear water ...

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  • The Hercules and Cacus myth

    The Hercules and Cacus myth expresses the progressive insertion of the Hellenistic culture on the primordial Italic cultures: Hercules is the ...

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  • Aurelia Cotta - The mother of Julius Caesar

    She was born in Rome on May 21, 120 BC, daughter of Lucius Aurelius Cotta who was consul in the year after hers birth; the mother was called Rutilia and even her family was of consular rank. The gens Aurelia had cognomina Cotta, Scaurus, and Orestes and, in the first century, a branch was called Fulvus, to this belonged Titus Aurelius Fulvus who became emperor under the name of Antoninus Pius ...

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  • The mosaics of the Gladiators

    The Borghese Gallery houses a splendid collection of mosaics floorings that depict the ludo gladiators. Cardinal Scipione Borghese was a patron, unprejudiced ...

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  • Statilia Messalina

    She was the third wife of Nero: Statilia was born in Rome in 35 BC, she was descended from Tito Statilius Taurus who had built Statilius Theatre in ...

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  • The discovery of the Ara Pacis

    The Ara Pacis Augustae was built between 9 and 13 B. C. to celebrate the Pax Romana achieved by Augustus after three years of victorious wars in Gaul ...

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  • Temple of Janus

    Nothing remains of the Temple of Janus of which we only have a representation on the back of a Nero coin. It was located not far from the Forum ...

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