Quotes of the Day: On Courage

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet, not withstanding, go out to meet it.”-Thucydides “Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.”-Julius Caesar “Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly.”-Virgil “He is a man of courage who does not run […]

Quotes of the Day: On Death

“Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist death is not there. And when it does come, we no longer exist.”-Epicurus “Which death is preferable to every other? The unexpected.”-Julius Caesar “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”-Socrates “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the […]

Quotes of the Day: Politics, Law, and Justice

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”-Plato “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”-Plutarch “if you must break the law, do it to seize power. In all other cases observe it.”-Julius Caesar “Justice […]

Book Review: Marching With Caesar by R.W. Peake

If you ever wondered exactly what it was like to be a Roman legionary in the first century B.C., this is your book! The author, R.W. Peake, has a strong military background and a firm grasp of the psychology of both the common soldier and his higher ranking leaders. He also has extensive knowledge of […]

Notable Woman of the Roman Republic: Livia, the Wife of Caesar Augustus

Caesar Augustus’ wife Livia Drusilla was born in 58 BC during the closing years of the Roman Republic. Her father was Marcus Livius Drusus Claudianus, who was born Appius Claudius Pulcher but was adopted as an infant by Marcus Livius Drusus.   Rome, during Livia’s early years was marked by constant tumult and civil war. […]

Notable Women of the Roman Republic: Hortensia

Hortensia was the daughter of Quintus Hortensius Hortalus, 114 BC to 56 BC. Hortensius was regarded by many as the best legal advocate and orator of his day, rivaled only by the great Marcus Tullius Cicero. Hortensia, growing up in her father’s household was well educated and had studied Greek and Roman  history, philosophy and […]

Notable Woman of the Roman Republic: Fulvia Flacca Bambula

  In the days of the late Roman republic, it wasn’t wise for a woman to involve herself in politics. (It probably wasn’t wise for a man to involve himself in politics either, but that’s another matter.) Fulvia Flacca Bambula was married to three politically prominent Romans at successive times and she was wielded more […]