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    Horace, Roman Poet
  Horace, Roman Poet
Horace was a Roman poet who lived from 65 to 8 B.C. We call him Horace in English, but to his contemporaries and fellow countrymen he was Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Among his poetry are four books of odes (known in Latin as "carmina"), containing just...
 
    Livy, Roman Historian
  Livy, Roman Historian
Titus Livius or Livy, was a Roman historian who wrote a monumental history of Rome and the Roman people, Ab Urbe Condita Libri, "Chapters from the Foundation of the City," covering the period from the earliest legends of Rome well before the traditio...
 
    Ovidius, Roman Poet
  Ovidius, Roman Poet
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso). Roman poet, noted especially for his ARS AMATORIA and METAMORPHOSES. Ovid was the first major writer to grow up under the empire. He died far from home, in a desolate town by the Black Sea. During the Middle Ages and Rena...
 
 
46 - 120
  Plutarch, Roman Historian
  Plutarch, Roman Historian
Plutarch is the most famous biographer of the ancient world and the author of a famous collection now known as Plutarch's Lives. Plutarch's original title was Parallel Lives of Famous Greeks and Romans, and that describes his unique approach: the bio...
 
 
56 - 117
  Tacitus, Roman Historian
  Tacitus, Roman Historian
One of the greatest historians of ancient Rome, Cornelius Tacitus is a primary source for much of what is known about life the first and second centuries after the life of Jesus. His most famous works, Histories and Annals, exist in fragmentary form,...
 
    Naturalis Historia, 1st Encyclopedia
  Naturalis Historia, 1st Encyclopedia
Natural History is an encyclopedia written by Gaius Plinius Cecilius Secundus, known as Pliny the Elder. In its present form the natural History consists of thirty-seven books, the first book including a characteristic preface and tables of contents,...
 
    Pompeii and Herculaneum Ruined
  Pompeii and Herculaneum Ruined
Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Along with Herculaneum, its sister city, Pompeii was destroyed, and completely buried, during a l...
 
 
121 - 180
  Marcus Aurelius, 16th Roman Emperor
  Marcus Aurelius, 16th Roman Emperor
Marcus Antoninus the Philosopher, Roman Emperor from 161 to his death in 180. It is this quality of Marcus' character which has made him a unique figure in Roman history, since he was the only emperor whose life was molded by, and devoted to, philoso...
 
 
480 - 525
  Boethius, Roman Scholar
  Boethius, Roman Scholar
Boethius was a philosopher of the early 6th century. He was born in Rome to the ancient and prominent Anicia family, which included emperors Petronius Maximus and Olybrius and many consuls. His father, Flavius Manlius Boethius, was consul in 487 afte...
 
 
485 - 585
  Cassiodorus, Roman Statesman
  Cassiodorus, Roman Statesman
Cassiodorus was a Roman statesman, great writer and (later) monk, serving in the administration of Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths. He spent his career trying to bridge the cultural divides that were fragmenting the 6th century, between E...
 
    Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
  Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
After the repression of the frightful revolt, Justinian conceived the grandiose project of rebuilding the Great Church from its foundations. This time it was to be built on plans well in advance of the times, using new daring vaulting techniques and...
 
 
560 - 636
  Isidore of Seville
  Isidore of Seville
Saint Isidore of Seville was Archbishop of Seville for more than three decades and is considered, as the historian Montalembert put it in an oft-quoted phrase, "le dernier savant du monde ancien" ("the last scholar of the ancient world"). Indeed, all...
 
    The Advenures of Beowulf
  The Advenures of Beowulf
Beowulf, written in Old English sometime before the tenth century A.D., describes the adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. A rich fabric of fact and fancy, Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Beowu...
 
    St Paul's Cathedral, London
  St Paul's Cathedral, London
A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral the fourth to occupy this site was desi...
 
    An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith
  An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith
An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith: An Anthology of the Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. This collection of forty hadith by one of the most famous compilers of hadith is generally regarded as the most popular anthology and the best introduction to the study of...
 
 

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