On this day in AD 54, the Roman emperor Claudius died at Rome
October 13, 2016
Tradition holds the Praetorian guard made him emperor when they found him quivering behind a curtain, reasoning that he wouldn’t be too ruthless in power.
On this day in AD306 the emperor Constantius I died in York
July 25, 2015
His troops, rather than await a new leader to be appointed for them, hailed the emperor’s son Constantine as Augustus but it was not until 324 that he would gain control over the entire empire.
On this day in AD138 the Emperor Hadrian died and was succeeded by Antoninus Pius.
July 10, 2015
Coming to the throne in 117, Hadrian was the third of the so-called ‘Five Good Emperors’, who were known for their peaceful and prosperous reigns. Hadrian was also well known for his love of learning and his extensive building works; he was especially loved by the Greeks, who named him as the second founder of the city of Athens because of his many building projects there.
On this day in AD362 Julian banned Christians from teaching using pagan literature
June 17, 2015
How do you change the world? How can any individual gain sufficient momentum to overthrow the status quo? Should they rely on violent revolution or peaceful evolution, is it more important to gain support from those at the top of society or to appeal to the majority of those found at the bottom?
Livi Webster reports about her recent research trip to the British Museum
June 5, 2015
“Did you bring your own magnifying glass, or do you need to borrow one?”
On this day in AD 214 the emperor Claudius II Gothicus was born
May 10, 2015
But who was this man who ruled for just two years?
On this day in AD 121, the emperor Marcus Aurelius was born
April 26, 2015
Born on the 26th of April 121, he was born Marcus Annius Verus to a relatively inconspicuous father of the same name who died as praetor-designate in 124, when his son was only three years old.
On this day in 302 Diocletian issued his edict on Manicheanism
March 31, 2015
But who were the Manicheans? And what did Diocletian think of them?
On this day in 180AD the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius died
March 17, 2015
On the coin he is shown ascending to heaven on the back on an eagle, seeming to wave goodbye to the world.
On this day in 37AD the Roman emperor Tiberius died
March 16, 2015
The second emperor of Rome died on this day, to be succeeded by a man ill-suited to rule: Gaius, known as Caligula.