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Imperial Rome

The exploration of Imperial Roman history through various primary sources provides a powerful glimpse into the society, politics, and culture of the classical period.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus, or Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, was a Roman historian and public official, whose influence on Rome spanned many spheres of public life. In his lifetime, he was an active participant in. . .

In books 12-14, Tacitus discusses the effects of the execution of emperor Claudius’ wife, Messalina, in AD 49. He critically analyzes the response it incites within Roman patrician Agrippina, who would go on to. . .

Hortensia's Speech

in 42 B.C.E. 

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus."" These words from his letter to the Galatians is just one example of the. . .

One outstanding woman who achieved notability in the early Christian Church was Vibia Perpetua, who, along with Felicity and a group of others, was martyred in 203 CE. Perpetua’s journal, The Passion of Saints Perpetua and. . .