Gaius Julius Ceaser played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

Gaius Julius Ceaser played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

Mosaics of Roman Britain: Venus. Bignor Roman Villa, Sussex. This mosaic, recognised as one of the finest in Britain, is usually identified as Venus, although it may have been the head of a mere mortal, perhaps based on the lady of the house. The image is flanked by long-tailed birds and winged cupids dressed as gladiators.

Mosaics of Roman Britain: Venus. Bignor Roman Villa, Sussex. This mosaic, recognised as one of the finest in Britain, is usually identified as Venus, although it may have been the head of a mere mortal, perhaps based on the lady of the house. The image is flanked by long-tailed birds and winged cupids dressed as gladiators.

Battle of gladiators against the wildcats, detail depicting a gladiator running through a wildcat, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library

Battle of gladiators against the wildcats, detail depicting a gladiator running through a wildcat, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library

'Magic' Vase, from the House of Sestilius Pyrricus, Pompeii, 1st century AD (pottery), . / Private Collection / Accademia Italiana, London / The Bridgeman Art Library (Roman bunch of grapes lizard symbol turtle)

'Magic' Vase, from the House of Sestilius Pyrricus, Pompeii, 1st century AD (pottery), . / Private Collection / Accademia Italiana, London / The Bridgeman Art Library (Roman bunch of grapes lizard symbol turtle)

A mosaic preserved in Zippori (Sephoris) National Park in Israel, site of excellent Roman ruins and mosaics.

A mosaic preserved in Zippori (Sephoris) National Park in Israel, site of excellent Roman ruins and mosaics.

~AUGUSTUS: The first Roman emperor, also called Octavian, adopted by Caesar and gained power by his defeat of Antony, he then became the emperor in effect~

~AUGUSTUS: The first Roman emperor, also called Octavian, adopted by Caesar and gained power by his defeat of Antony, he then became the emperor in effect~

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