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Scipio Takes Command

Scipio was the man who finally beat Hannibal on the battlefield. Bronze bust of Scipio Africanus in the the Naples National Archaeological Museum (Inv. No. 5634), dated mid 1st century BC, from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, modern … Continue reading

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Numantia–or Don’t Mess with Rome

The Roman Empire was a nice package of countries and peoples. But what happened if you didn’t want to become part of it? The native Spaniards of a little town called Numantia decided that they were damned if they would … Continue reading

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Hannibal’s Ingenious Trick

Everyone knows that Hannibal led an army with elephants over the Alps to attack Rome. That was one of the boldest and most colorful deeds in military (or any other) history. Hannibal’s Famous Crossing of the Alps (public domain photo) … Continue reading

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He Founded Rome

What is this? Who is that burly guy and why is he carrying an old man? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gian_Lorenzo_Bernini_cat01.jpg–photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The burly guy is Aeneas, the legendary founder of Rome; and he’s caring … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Lost Weekend with Cleopatra

Huckleberry Finn tries to understand Tom Sawyer. “If somebody offers you a cake and a puzzle,”  he says, “most boys will choose the cake. Tom always chose the puzzle. He was just made that way.” So was Julius Caesar. That … Continue reading

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El Cid—Spain’s Champion 3

The first two pages of the epic poem El Cantar de Mío Cid are missing. That often happens to old manuscripts without a cover. But scholars say those missing pages told this story. King Alfonso sent El Cid to Seville … Continue reading

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Your Time to Be a Hero 4

The army of Greek mercenaries was armed now and ready to march.  Xenophon had been thinking about its formation. “We’ve always marched ahead of our baggage train,” he told the officers, “and it holds us back.   Sometimes the vanguard goes … Continue reading

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