Category Archives: The Romans

Pliny the Younger: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Pliny the Younger.

  • Pliny the Younger was a writer, lawyer and magistrate in Ancient Rome.

  • He was born in Como in Northern Italy in 61 AD.
  • His uncle was Pliny the Elder (a writer and philosopher) and the two were close until Pliny the Elder died trying to rescue people from the Vesuvius eruption.
  • His full name was Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus.
  • Pliny fulfilled many roles in Roman political and legal society during his lifetime. He was a judge, a member of the Senate, a superintendent, a member of judicial councils and a governor.
  • He wrote many poems and hundreds of letters. His letters give us  glimpse of Roman life in the 1st century. In two letters, he described the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. These were penned 25 years after the event and were sent to Tacitus, a famous Roman historian.

Pliny the Younger

  • Pliny was very wealthy. He owned many villas, including ones in Lake Como and Umbria.
  • He knew the Roman biographer Suetonius and the philosophers Artemidorus and Euphrates the Stoic.
  • He published nine volumes of his letters from 100 and 109 AD.
  • He was married three times.
  • Pliny the Younger is thought to have died around 112 AD. His death isn’t recorded, but his letters don’t refer to any events that take place after 112.

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Roman Gods and Goddesses: Mercury Facts

Here are some facts about Mercury. Mercury was the Roman god of commerce and financial gain and has given his name to the word merchant. He was also the god of poetry, thieving, trickery and travellers. Mercury was the son of Jupiter and Maia. His children were Pan and the Lares, a group of invisible… Continue Reading

Roman Gods and Goddesses: Venus Facts

Here are some facts about Venus. Venus was the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility. She has become one of the most well-known figures in Roman mythology.  Her father was Jupiter and she was married to the god Vulcan. Vulcan was the god of fire and the forge, and was also one of the… Continue Reading

Roman Gods and Goddesses: Neptune Facts

Here are some facts about Neptune. In Roman mythology, Neptune was the god of the sea and of fresh water. He was also worshipped as a god of horses. Neptune’s Ancient Greek equivalent was Poseidon. He was the brother of Pluto and Jupiter and the son of Saturn and Rhea. His wife was Amphitrite, a goddess… Continue Reading

Roman Gods and Goddesses: Mars Facts

Here are some facts about Mars. Mars was the Roman God of War and the most important Roman god after Jupiter. The planet Mars, known as the Red Planet, was named after him. He was also one of the most important military gods worshiped by the Roman army. Most festivals honouring Mars were held in… Continue Reading

Roman Forts: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Roman Forts. Roman forts, also known as castra, could be found all over the Roman Empire, to protect it from attack. The huge empire stretched from northern England to North Africa and from Portugal to the Middle East. Some Roman forts could hold up to 6,000 people. As well as… Continue Reading

The Roman Empire: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire was one of the most powerful and extensive empires the world has ever seen. It reached its height in around 120 AD and began to decline in 285 AD. At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from northern England to North Africa, and from… Continue Reading

Roman Agriculture: Facts About Roman Farms

Here are some facts about Roman farms and farming. Roman farming was necessary to feed the population, and it was also seen as a noble profession. Citizens were considered important if they owned a lot of land. Wheat was one of the most important crops and was widely grown in England. Plenty of wheat was… Continue Reading

Roman Schools and Education Facts

Here are some facts about education and schools in Roman times. The Romans thought that education was very important. Children were mostly taught at home and learned about law, history and social customs so they could become responsible citizens. A good education was seen as a status symbol, not a way to get a good… Continue Reading