Caesar Attacks the Belgae, the “Bravest of the Gauls”, During the Gallic Wars

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The Gallic Wars: To Northern Gaul

by Ludwig Heinrich Dyck

The gray skies of winter still shrouded the town of Vesontio on the Dubis River. To the south, when not obscured by mist and rain, rose the Jura Mountains, and beyond that the lofty peaks of the Alps and the nearest Roman Province, Gallia Cisalpina. Read more

Trajan, Emperor of Rome, was a tough and meticulous general as well as a capable administrator and builder.

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Emperor Trajan & The Roman Empire

by Joseph M. Horodyski

The ancient city of Selinus, a major trading center in Cilicia, sat atop a steep outcropping of rock that rises abruptly from the edge of the Mediterranean on the southern coast of Asia Minor, now modern Turkey. Read more

An engraving depicts the death of Roman emperor Julian the Apostate at the hands of Persians.

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Emperor Julian “The Apostate”

By Kaveh Farrokh

“[W]hen Emperor Julian had received the wound [in Persia], he filled his hand with blood, flung it into the air and cried, Thou hast won, O Galilean,” wrote Theodoret of Cyrus. Read more

Louis XIV, the "Sun King" of France, was largely responsible for growing his country into a strong 17th century empire. But this was accomplished through great calculation.

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Louis XIV: the Sun King of France

Brooke C. Stoddard

Louis XIV of France is remembered as the Sun King, the most resplendent figure of his age, the man who snatched dominance of Europe from the Spanish and built France into the preeminent power of the second half of the 17th century. Read more