Suetonius (69 AD to 122 AD)
He was unusually handsome and exceedingly graceful, though he cared nothing for personal adornment. His hair was slightly curly and inclining to golden. He had clear, bright eyes, in which he liked to have people think that it was from a divine power. His expression was calm and mild. Read more....
Civics lesson: Ancient Rome
There are countless civics lessons in the history of Ancient Rome. There are especially important ones in the following two pivotal periods.
First, in 509 BC, the Ancient Romans drove a tyrannical King from power and replaced his Monarchy with a Democracy.
Then, nearly 500 years later, in the 1st century BC, the Roman leaders of the day, unable to communicate and negotiate with each other, failed their democratic duties and responsibilities.
This led to a destructive civil war. The Democracy failed and Rome transitioned into an Empire under the “principate” rule of one man.
That said, Rome’s first emperor, Caesar Augustus, was arguably the greatest ruler to every walk the earth. It is written in the New Testament:
“Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census be taken of all the inhabited of the earth”– Luke 2.1.
At first, the Roman Empire continued to succeed as it did as a Republic. This period was known as the “Pax Romana.” However, nearly 200 years later, the Empire began to fall due to the rule of one man. Several hundred years later, the Roman Empire was no more. Civics Course Syllabus