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Painting of Cleopatra and Mark Antony.
The scandalous love affair of Cleopatra and Mark Antony
The queen and the general flaunted their relationship while challenging the power of Rome.
Suetonius tells of a miraculous event that occurred as Caesar mulled over crossing the Rubicon, depicted in this 1494 painting by Francesco Granacci.
How Julius Caesar started a big war by crossing a small stream
In 49 B.C. on the banks of the Rubicon, the military general faced a critical choice.
Bust of Hadria, second century A.D., Galleria Degli Uffizi, Florence.
Inside Hadrian’s sprawling Tivoli showcase
The magnificent villa showcased the Roman Empire at the peak of its power.
Ulpiano Checa’s 1887 work represents the rampaging Hund on horseback as an overwhelming force.
When Rome fought barbarians with barbarians
For years, the unstoppable Huns sacked city after city until a Germanic-Roman alliance stopped them.
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