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What were the important principles of Roman law?

There were several principles of Roman law. One principle was that the law should treat all people equally. The Romans wanted everybody to know what the laws were so they could be applied to...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016 6:07 pm UTC

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Was Julius Caesar a tyrant or a good leader?

Julius Caesar was a good leader even after he became Roman dictator. Before he became all powerful, Caesar revealed himself to have extraordinary leadership capabilities. He was charismatic, able...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 11:46 pm UTC

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What are the major accomplishments of Julius Caesar?

This question is broad, because Caesar had so many great accomplishments that were political, literary, and historical. He also made some interesting innovations in military and engineering...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015 2:57 pm UTC

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Why did Christianity appeal to many people more than the old Roman religion? 

There are at least three reasons why historians might conclude that Christianity appealed more to many Romans than the old Roman religion did. We must remember that these are ideas that historians...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 3:58 am UTC

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How did Roman rulers use art as propaganda?

Roman rulers often depicted events from real life and from mythology on their public monuments, including on their arches and temples. For example, Emperor Augustus featured mythological references...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2017 8:14 pm UTC

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What are some ways the  Romans adopted Greek culture in literature?

Horace, an influential Latin poet, said: Conquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium These lines mean that even though Rome conquered Greece in the...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2016 3:05 am UTC

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How was Rome able to conquer and rule a vast empire?

The Roman Empire began in 753 BCE, continued on for about 500 years, and stretched over two million square miles. The Roman Empire was incredibly successful in conquering territories far and wide...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 4:05 am UTC

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How Did The Roman Empire Rise

One factor is that there was a certain appeal to the benefits of being in the Roman Empire. Once absorbed into the Roman Empire, people enjoyed a number of distinctly Roman things. For starters,...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 10:49 am UTC

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Why is the fall of Western Rome significant?

The collapse of the Western Half of the Roman Empire serves as one of the critical moments in European History, marking the divide between Classical and Medieval History. The Roman Empire created...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019 8:59 pm UTC

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Why was the Roman Empire was more centralized than classical Greece?

This is a somewhat tricky question to ask because it requires answering why Rome was so much more successful in expanding when compared to the fragmented Greeks. I'd note, first of all, that Roman...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019 7:43 pm UTC

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Why is Julius Caesar historically significant?

By the time Julius Caesar became a major figure in the political life of Rome, the Republic was already doomed. Indeed, it was already a vast, unwieldy Empire which had at its center not a strong...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 3:14 pm UTC

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Why did the Roman emperors build so many public monuments (imperial fora, temples, theaters and aqueducts)?

There are a number of reasons Roman emperors embarked on so many public works projects. The varied reasons can be put into two main categories. In general, they commissioned public works to enhance...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2015 3:48 pm UTC

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What did the Romans use the trebuchet for?

The trebuchet was a much more advanced weapon of war than anything the Romans used. Nevertheless, in terms of siege technology, the Romans were still light-years ahead of any of their opponents....

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019 6:36 am UTC

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Is Caesar responsible for his death?

This is a very tricky question, and I'm not sure an answer really exists. In any case, I think any attempt at addressing it requires first looking into the larger context surrounding Caesar's...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019 3:29 am UTC

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What led to Julius Caesar's death?

It's probably best to approach the question by examining the motives of those who killed Caesar. Some, but not all, of Caesar's assassins, were motivated by a desire to protect the republican...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2018 11:41 am UTC

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What did drinking wine symbolize in ancient Rome?

Those who could afford to drink and offer wine to their guests symbolized an economic status. Obviously, the wealthy patrician class of ancient Rome were able to serve wine to all of their guests...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2010 1:52 pm UTC

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Why was Julius Caesar murdered?

Thanks to the writings of Nicolaus of Damacus who was privy to the details of Caesar's assassination, though not witness to it, we know the following historical details. "In January of 49 BC,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2013 3:38 pm UTC

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How did the ideas of fate and the gods affect the lives of people in ancient Rome?

To those living in ancient Rome, the will of the gods controlled the destinies of all. There were deities for nearly every aspect of life such as a god of the hearth, Vesta, to keep the fire...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 3:48 pm UTC

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When did Christianity emerge in the Roman world?

Christianity first came to the Roman Empire in Jerusalem as a Jewish religion during the 1st century AD. Christianity emerged outside Jerusalem in Antioch and then Alexandria before eventually...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 5:56 am UTC

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How did the Roman Empire facilitate the spread of Christianity?

The structure of the Roman Empire, and the way that it was governed, made it easier for the Christian message to be spread among its subject peoples. This was largely due to the Pax Romana, or...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 9:51 am UTC

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How did Christianity ultimately change the Roman Empire?

Although the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313, legalizing Christianity, it can be difficult to parse out a direct influence of the faith on the Roman Empire, as Christianity was...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2017 1:37 pm UTC

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What attitude towards his material does Livy take as he recounts the story of Romulus and Remus??

I think that Livy's attitude towards the material is not constant throughout his narration of this story. I think that he takes a skeptical attitude towards the material when he talks about the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 10:51 pm UTC

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Why was Christianity persecuted in the Roman Empire until 324?

The Romans saw Christianity as a threat, because their beliefs were so different than most religions. The Christians attempted to convert as many people as they could, as this made them dangerous....

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 9:03 am UTC

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How did Christianity emerge and then spread to become the official religion of the Roman Empire?

There are a confluence of reasons for the growth of Christianity in the Roman Empire. However, let me mention three main ones. First, Christianity, unlike other religions in the ancient world, was...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2015 1:18 am UTC

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How did the status of the plebians improve during the Roman Republic?

It is inaccurate to suggest that the plebeians, the commoners who comprised the overwhelming majority of the Rome's citizens, achieved “equality” relative to the patricians and other members of...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2013 8:43 pm UTC

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What various legends describe the origins of Rome?

To explore the legend of Romulus and Remus and the founding of the city of Rome more fully, the myth goes that they were the sons of the god Mars.They gre up to found the city of Rome.Their mother...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 12:17 am UTC

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What role did Alexander the Great take to try and create a unified empire?

In order to create a unified empire, Alexander the Great encouraged a rapprochement between the new Macedonian and the older Persian ruling elites. He married Roxane, the daughter of the Bactrian...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2018 3:02 am UTC

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What makes Julius Caesar historically significant?

Julius Caesar was a Roman leader of amazing physical and mental energy who possessed unmatched military power. Caesar's conquest of Gaul in 51 B.C. extended Rome's territory to the English...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2011 8:25 am UTC

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How influential was Julius Caesar historically?

One needs only glance through a calendar to be reminded of this great Roman ruler: the month of July reminds us of this great Roman, as well. For, it was he who revised previous calendars and added...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 11:57 pm UTC

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During the period of ancient Rome, what were the implications of the Mediterranean as mare nostrum?

During the period of ancient Rome (a timeline for which can be accessed through the link provided below), much of the known world was limited to those regions conquered and incorporated into the...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 1:29 am UTC

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What other cultures influenced the Ancient Roman clothing styles and way of dressing?

The ancient Roman culture was influenced by most communities in the near east, including China, India, and North Africa. These influences can be seen in the customs of clothing and ornamentation of...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2013 2:19 pm UTC

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What do the Twelve Tables laws reveal about the nature of Roman society?

First, the laws themselves marked a milestone in the development of a strong legal tradtion that would outlast even the Empire itself. Second, they are a reflection of the growing political power...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2012 1:21 am UTC

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What were the main contributions that Augustus made to Roman society?

The Emperor Augustus, also known as Octavius, was the nephew of Julius Caesar and ruled after his death. Augustus, then named Octavian, was a ruler of Rome from 46 BCE to 36 BCE along with Antony...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 3:01 am UTC

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Describe the events that led to the downfall of Rome's republic.

Throughout the period following the Punic Wars, which finally came to an end in 146 b.c.e., the Roman Republic was embroiled in almost constant warfare. This included struggles against local...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2013 5:19 pm UTC

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What were some very important political and social/cultural events of the Roman era?

Gladiatorial combat was one of the most famous pasttimes in ancient Rome. Individual gladiators would often fight to the "first blood" or even to the death, which was often decided by a signal from...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 7:21 am UTC

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