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People of Greece

People of Rome

  • Antony (BCE 83 - 30): Topic Page
    c.83 B.C.–30 B.C., Roman politican and soldier. Rival of Octavian (later Augustus) and lover of Cleopatra. MORE
  • Augustus (BCE 63 - CE 14): Topic Page
    First Roman emperor, a grandson of the sister of Julius Caesar. Named at first Caius Octavius, he became on adoption by the Julian gens (44 B.C.) Caius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian). MORE
  • Caesar, Gaius Julius (BCE 100 - 44): Topic Page
    Roman general and dictator, considered Rome's most successful military commander. He formed with Pompey the Great and Marcus Licinius Crassus (the Elder) the First Triumvirate in 60 BC. MORE
  • Cato the Elder: Topic Page
    Roman statesman and moralist. He fought in the Second Punic War and later served as quaestor (204), aedile (199), praetor (198), consul (195), and censor (184). MORE
  • Crassus: Topic Page
    Ancient Roman family, of the plebeian Licinian gens. It produced men who achieved great note in the 2d cent. and 1st cent. B.C. MORE
  • Livy (BCE 59 - CE 17): Topic Page
    Roman historian. Livy's history reflects his admiration for the civilization of early Rome, and his belief that the importance of history was its applicability to contemporary life. MORE
  • Ovid (BCE 43 - CE 18): Topic Page
    (Publius Ovidius Naso) Latin poet, b. Sulmo (present-day Sulmona), in the Apennines. Although trained for the law, he preferred the company of the literary coterie at Rome. MORE
  • Pompey (BCE 106 - 48): Topic Page
    (Cnaeus Pompeius Magnus), Roman general, the rival of Julius Caesar. Sometimes called Pompey the Great, he was the son of Cnaeus Pompeius Strabo (consul in 89 B.C.), a commander of equivocal reputation. MORE
  • Vergil (BCE 70 - 19): Topic Page
    Or Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro)both: Roman poet, b. Andes dist., near Mantua, in Cisalpine Gaul; the spelling Virgil is not found earlier than the 5th cent. MORE

Mythological Figures

  • Achilles: Topic Page
    Foremost Greek hero of the Trojan War. Achilles, the object of widespread hero worship, is the main character of Homer's epic The Iliad. MORE
  • Bellerophon: Topic Page
    In Greek mythology, a victim of slander who was sent against the monstrous chimera, which he killed with the help of Pegasus, a winged horse. MORE
  • Helen: Topic Page
    In Greek mythology, the most beautiful of women; daughter of Leda and Zeus , and sister of Castor and Pollux and Clytemnestra. MORE
  • Heracles: Topic Page
    In Greek mythology, an immortalized hero (Roman Hercules); son of Zeus and Alcmene; and famed for his strength. MORE
  • Oedipus: Topic Page
    In Greek legend, son of Laius, king of Thebes, and his wife, Jocasta. When Oedipus was grown, he learned from the Delphic oracle that he would kill his father and marry his mother. MORE
  • Romulus and Remus
    From Who's Who in Classical Mythology, Routledge
    The mythical founder of Rome in the year 753 BC. Romulus and Remus were the twin sons of Rhea Silvia, daughter and only child of Numitor (a descendant of Aeneas), who was deposed from the kingship of Alba Longa by his younger brother Amulius. MORE
  • Theseus: Topic Page
    In Greek mythology, a hero of Attica , who was believed to have united the states of the area under a constitutional government. MORE

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