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Cause baby now we got Bad Blood

The Roman and Parthian empires were said to be each other’s biggest arch-rivals and the Romano-Parthian wars stretched from about 53 BCE to 217 CE!!! As such, this post seeks to provide an understanding of the formative events that led to birth of the bad blood between Rome and Parthia, from Parthian’s point of view. It zooms in on the very first contact between the Empires of Rome and Parthian as well as the state of affairs the Parthian Empire was in at the outset of its relations with Rome. These factors consequently brought Parthia and Rome into conflict in the bloody Battle of Carrhae in 53 BCE. The Roman-Parthian relations hence offer us a crucial view into a time of diplomacy and war between two empires of distinct cultures and methods of war.

Roman Republic to Roman Empire

Roman Republic to Roman Empire

By the 2nd Century BCE, the city of Rome ruled over the entire Mediterranean. Over centuries of endless warfare, the Romans conquered many different civilizations, including Greeks, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Etruscans and Lycians, in order to be part of an empire as they felt that it was important to take advantage of the benefits of being in an empire - such as following only a set of law and order. This also gave the natives more autonomy to take charge of their specific regions, which prevented rebellion. Some people from these newly conquered areas had the good fortune to be Roman citizens, but it was not for everyone. People who were not chosen were enslaved, and power lies in the senate’s hand that were usually elected by the citizens of Rome. As the empire grew and expanded, the number of slaves were increasing continuously and they reached a third of Italy’s urban population, which led to the downfall of Roman Republic. The transition of the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire is crucial to the history as it shows a series of elements such as politics and wars to reform the republic, making the Rome an empire. However, as the empire kept rising, politics started to lack behind causing politicians to turn to dirty politics, and this led to the fall of Rome Empire. In the centuries following, Rome experienced a myriad of social problems such as social unrest, assassination, dictatorship and slave revolt.

The Impact of Stoicism on Roman Culture

The Impact of Stoicism on Roman Culture

What would you do if you were captured as a prisoner of war? As your aircraft is severely damaged, you have no choice but to jump. You parachute down, looking down mid-air, only to see your enemies awaiting you on the ground. What would be going through your mind as you descend towards them? The late admiral James B. Stockdale went through it all.



For Blogpost 3, we decided to write a song that revolves around Hannibal, and how he led one of the greatest wars in human history against the Romans - only to stop at the gates at Rome and not pursue his vow to his father to destroy Rome, Due to the lack of reinforcements and faith from the empire he had struggled and fought so hard for. Historical records of how he might have felt are non-existent - so we wanted to picture about how he, as a legendary general, would have felt amidst such circumstances.

After Death (Chinese Vs Roman)

Interested in knowing how the funeral processes took place in China and Rome? Well, you came to the right place. Both the Romans and Chinese have placed great importance to the dead. Both have taken great precautions to make the dead’s passage to the underworld as easy and safe as possible. To ensure, that the spirits of the dead ones do not wander endlessly looking for the underworld or be lost. It is interesting to compare how each of these rituals was important for them as much as it is important today. 

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The Ascend to Man's Best Friend

Ever heard of the saying that “Dogs are Man's Best Friend”? Well, the first known account of that statement was first made by Fredrick II, King of Prussia in 1789. Enough about him, let us focus on the tale at hand. Dogs have been part of human history that date back to at least 13,000 BCE (With some researchers speculating that the dogs may have dated back to 100,000 years ago). Dogs were seen as protectors of agriculture, hunting companions, as well as many other variations throughout different cultures and time periods. Loyalty to the us homo-sapiens was a key trait that kept our bond strong, so strong that even part of our anatomy - our canines, resemble their name. This led to the Canis Familiaris (Scientific name for dogs) being featured in many myths and legends that have withstood the test of time.

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