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Legacy Of The Roman Empire

Why Did Rome Fall? It's not entirely arbitrary that Medieval/Renaissance History at About.com begins and Ancient/Classical History ends in A.D. 476.

Why Did Rome Fall?

Edward Gibbon's 476 date for the Fall of Rome is conventionally acceptable because that's when the Germanic Odoacer deposed the last Roman emperor to rule the western part of the Roman Empire. However, the people who lived through the takeover would probably be surprised by the importance we place on this event. History - The Colosseum: Emblem of Rome. History - Ancient History in depth: The Fall of Rome. History - Ancient History in depth: The Fall of Rome. Economic Reasons for the Fall of Rome. Whether you prefer to say Rome fell (in A.D. 410 when Rome was sacked or in 476 when Odoacer deposed Romulus Augustulus) or simply morphed into the Byzantine Empire and medieval feudalism, economic policies of the emperors had a heavy impact on the lives of the citizens of Rome.

Economic Reasons for the Fall of Rome

Primary Source Bias Although they say history is written by the victors, sometimes it's just written by the elites. This is the case with Tacitus (c. A.D.56-c.120) and Suetonius (c.71-c.135), our primary literary sources on the first dozen emperors. Historian Cassius Dio, a contemporary of Emperor Commodus (180-192), was also from a senatorial (which, then as now, meant elite) family. Inflation Nero and other emperors debased the currency in order to supply a demand for more coins. Land Rome's wealth was originally in land, but this gave way to wealth through taxation. Aqueducts, Water Supply and Sewers in Ancient Rome. What We Think We Know About the Roman Water Supply: Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, a Brandeis classicist who has studied the Roman latrine, says, "There are no ancient sources where you can really learn about daily life....

Aqueducts, Water Supply and Sewers in Ancient Rome

You have to come upon information almost by chance. "[*] That means it's hard to answer all the questions or to say with any confidence that this bit of information about the bathroom habits of the Roman Empire applies to the Republic as well. With that caution, here is some of what we think we know about the water system of ancient Rome.

Problems Stating Facts About Daily Life Roman Water Carriers - Aqueducts: The Romans are renowned for engineering marvels, among which is the aqueduct that carried water for many miles in order to provide a crowded urban population with relatively safe, potable water, as well as less essential but very Roman aquatic uses. Tiber River Aqueducts Listed by Frontinus: In 312 B.C., the Appia Aqueduct was built 16,445 meters long. Ancient Rome - Ancient Rome from the Earliest Times Down to 476 A.D. Ancient Rome.

Ancient Rome - Ancient Rome from the Earliest Times Down to 476 A.D.

Chapter XLVI. Houses, Customs, Institutions, Etc. The private houses of the Romans were poor affairs until after the conquest of the East, when money began to pour into the city. Many houses of immense size were then erected, adorned with columns, paintings, statues, and costly works of art. Rome's Ancient Catacombs. A cross inlaid in the floor of a library marks the spot where Indiana Jones has to dig to access the ancient catacombs of Venice in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Rome's Ancient Catacombs

The catacombs, a network of dark and narrow underground tunnels and tombs, hold the secret that eventually leads Indy to the hideout of the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, the dramatic scene is a narrative license. "There are no catacombs in Venice, as the town rises on wood piles in the middle of the saltwater Venetian Lagoon. There is no room for underground chambers or passages, and only a few buildings have a basement," says Luigi Fozzati, head of the Archaeological Superintendence of Veneto. Military Technology: Using a Cloud of Dust in Ancient Warfare. In the present age of technology, imagining the role that such a simple element as dust played in ancient warfare can be difficult.

Military Technology: Using a Cloud of Dust in Ancient Warfare

But what we regard as a mere nuisance often helped decide victory or defeat on the battlefields and during the military campaigns of the classical era. Ancient Rome's greatest defeat arrived in a cloud of dust. Nearly half a millennium after the 216 b.c. Battle of Cannae, historian Lucius Annaeus Florus wrote: 'The crafty general [Hannibal] in his observation of the open plain of that region, because of the severe sun there, and very much dust, and the wind always blowing from the east, prepared his battle line so that the Romans would have dust, sun and wind…directed against their faces while the battle raged.

Huge ancient Roman shipyard unearthed - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience. A large Roman shipyard has been uncovered an ancient port in Rome called Portus, researchers reported.

Huge ancient Roman shipyard unearthed - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience

They found the remains of a massive building, dating to the second century, where ancient ships were likely built close to the distinctive hexagonal basin, or "harbor," at the center of the port complex. "Few Roman Imperial shipyards have been discovered and, if our identification is correct, this would be the largest of its kind in Italy or the Mediterranean," dig director Simon Keay, of the University of Southampton, said in a statement. [ See image of ancient shipyard ] Portus was a crucial trade gateway linking Rome to the Mediterranean during the Imperial period (27 B.C. to A.D. 565).

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Click here to add your own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you. It Don't Mean a Thing If You Can't Pay for Your Bling For the last 300 years, much of Western Europe had been conquered and ruled by Rome. Those Romans loved their bling as much as the next guy and trade boomed during the Pax Romana (Roman Peace). For centuries Roman emperors spent money like there was no tomorrow. Soldiers Gone Wild. Roman Arena. Nat Geo: When Rome Ruled: Secrets of the Gladiators Source:

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Pompeiians Flash-Heated to Death—"No Time to Suffocate" The famous lifelike poses of many victims at Pompeii—seated with face in hands, crawling, kneeling on a mother's lap—are helping to lead scientists toward a new interpretation of how these ancient Romans died in the A.D. 79 eruptions of Italy's Mount Vesuvius. Until now it's been widely assumed that most of the victims were asphyxiated by volcanic ash and gas. But a recent study says most died instantly of extreme heat, with many casualties shocked into a sort of instant rigor mortis. (Related: "Huge Vesuvius Eruption Buried Town 2,000 Years Before Pompeii. ") Volcanologist Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo and colleagues began by analyzing layers of buried volcanic ash and rock, then fed the data into a computer simulation of the Mount Vesuvius eruption. They concluded that the volcano, some six miles (ten kilometers) from Pompeii, produced six different pyroclastic surges—fast-moving, ground-hugging waves of hot, toxic gases and ash (aerial picture of Pompeii ruins).

More on Pompeii. Assassination of Caesar. The Death of Caesar Julius Caesar was one of those types who knew exactly what he wanted and wouldn't stop until he got it. Young Julius was born into a wealthy patrician family. Pax Romana. Rome's First "Emperor" Augustus Caesar Ancient Rome is back to it's former glory thanks to Google Earth technology. Religion in Rome. In the year 609 The Pantheon was the first pagan temple to be transformed into a church and therefore it was saved from being destroyed during the middle Ages. Today it is a church dedicated to St. A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome - Ray Laurence.