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Napoleon’s vision for a new imperial Rome

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Republication from  thehistoryblog.com

Napoleon’s forces occupied Rome twice. The first time was in February 1798 when General Louis Alexandre Berthier invaded the Papal States and Rome, for the first time since antiquity, was declared a republic, one of multiple “sister republics” established by Revolutionary France under the aegis of the Directory. The republic lasted barely a year (the Directory would follow it into the grave before 1799 was out) before the Kingdom of Naples invaded the city and reestablished the Papal States. On February 2nd, 1808, the French army under General Alexandre de Miollis (who also fought in the American Revolutionary War) took Rome again. He remained as governor of the former Papal States until Napoleon’s exile to Elba in 1814.

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A detailed map of ancient South Italy

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A detailed map of ancient South Italy. Actually these are the districts “designed” at emperor Augustus’ reign, thereby

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Römischer Schienenpanzer in Kalkriese – neuer Fund auf dem Schlachtfeld

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Illustration: Roland Warzecha

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Wieder einmal ist den Archäologen am Ort der Varusschlacht in Kalkriese eine sensationelle Entdeckung gelungen. Gefunden wurde ein römischer Schienenpanzer. Er ist annähernd vollständig und datiert in die Zeit um Christi Geburt. Der Kalkrieser Schienenpanzer ist somit das am besten erhaltene und derzeit älteste bekannte Exemplar dieses Rüstungstyps in der römischen Welt.

Schienenpanzer schützten den Oberkörper der römischen Soldaten. Sie bestanden aus Metallplatten und Schienen, die sich durch Scharniere und Lederriemen miteinander verbinden und dem Träger individuell anpassen ließen. More

Legion bases and fortresses during Trajan’s reign

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A map depicting the legion HQ and fortresses during Trajan’s reign (AD 98–117). Trajan was one of the greatest Roman emperors and in general Roman personalities. During his reign, the Roman Empire reached its greatest extent. Note that More

A detailed map of ancient Northern Italy

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A detailed map of ancient Northern Italy. Note the extent of the Celtic colonization in the Po Valley. Actually a large part of the Venetia district was

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