Marcus Antonius aka. Marc Antony (83-30 B.C.)

marcus antonius aka. marc antony, politician and general in the roman empire

Marcus Antonius, or Marc Antony, grandson of Antonius the orator, and son of Antonius Creticus, seems to have been born about 83 B.C. While still a child he lost his father, whose example however, had he been spared, would have done little for the improvement of his character. Brought up under the influence of the disreputable Cornelius Lentulus Sura, whom his mother had married, Antony spent his youth in profligacy and extravagance. Continue reading

Julius Caesar (100-44 B.C.)

statue of gaius julius caesar, the famous roman emperor

Rome solved the great political problem of the ancient world in the best practicable, if not in the best conceivable, way. To C├Žsar it fell to put the crowning stroke to that work. The several states of modern Europe have all contributed, though in different degrees, to political progress, and therefore no one of them has the unique importance and glory that belongs to Rome. Continue reading

Nebuchadnezzar (645-561 B.C.)

nebuchadnezzar, king of babylonian empire

With the death of Sardanapalus, the great monarch of Assyria, and the taking of Nineveh, the capital city, by the Medes, the kingdom of Assyria came to an end, and the vast domain was parcelled out among the conquerors. At the time of the catastrophe, the district of Babylonia, with its capital city Babylon, was ruled as a dependent satrapy of Assyria by Nabopolassar. Aided by the Medes, he now took possession of the province and established himself as an independent monarch, strengthening the alliance by a marriage between the Princess Amuhia, the daughter of the Median king, and his son Nebuchadnezzar. Continue reading