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Alexander "the Great". Amazingly people do not care about miseries from distant past, ideolizing warmongers like him or Napoleon. He conquered from Macedonia all the way to Ganges on drunken,homoerotic ego trip and established the war betwwen the Western Civilization and Asia, a conflict that rages to this day.
Augustus, former Octavian, first Caesar, he did all what had to be done to stay a Ceasar for four decades.
Drusus son of Tiberius, the old man outlived him. Coins are mostly ugly pieces of metal and field rocks are even more ancient than them. It somehow makes sense to own few good portraits , when those on coins are the only available of a figure well imbebeded in cultural literacy of an average person, but then again collecting things is a folly of men past their prime or children. Also if a coin, supposedly two thousand years old look too good it's either fake or holds price tag insulting downtrotten of this Earth.
Gaius "Caligula". Royal blood was his curse, debauchery his way of life, the lif e from the craddle overshadowed by a threat of violent death.
Do you like Nero?
I've heard people badmouthing him in Ohio!
Only thing that can be said for sure about Gondophares, ruler of somewhere in today's Iran and Afghanistan, sometime in mid first century , is that he had a beard. Then who knows if one day he didn't wake up with a resolve to shave?
Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus. High position wouldn't shield her from tragedies, because her own family was their source. At fifty she invented resonable cure for a breast cancer. She starved herself to death.
Mother and son. Julia Domna and Antoninus "Caracalla". The story goes she witnessed murdering her other son Geta by Caracall and his henchmen, then the story goes he was killed by his servant while defecating somewhere in the East far from home.
Ad nauseam history of Rome's third century repeats itself with assainations of Emperors by praetorians or other conspirators. Each story carries a bit of twist however. In case of Antonianus "Elagabalus" it was throwing his dismembered body to Tybre. He himself outdid many procedesors with at least something that gave rise to a gossip that he was hooking on the streets of capitol dressed as a woman.
This is Saint Constanine himself, also called "the Great".His masterstroke was to jump on the bandwagon of Christianity in it's already far gone detached from the Gospel form. Neither killing his coceasars, his father in law, his wife ,his son in law and his son prevented his cannonization in Orodox Church.
Another "the Great", Theodosius, mostly remembered bfor a wholesale massacre of his own citizens in Thessalonika, because there was something about them he did not like. It need s to be noted that he often regreted the deed.
Yet another portrait of rulers in Petra. Wading through internet landfill curiously name Spielberg keeps popping up paired with Petra. Wouldn't you know that he used wonderous, chiseled in rock desert sity in today's Jordan as a backdrop of his atrocious flicks. This outrage should be enough to start charitable organizations to provide the Spielberg with whatever he needs to continue his life of opulence under one condition - no more movies. He already narrowed further, demented mainstreeam of the pop culture, but his undeniable contribution to humanity shoud be halted.
Crispus son of Constantine, killed on order of his father.
Constatntine I nearing the conclusion of his glorious existence must have been foolhearted and teary, believing that his own sons would be improvements of his power hunger's ruthless ways. He divided an empire for administrative territories and was so kind to even the distant relatives. After his death his three sons consolidated the power in their hands by means of masscaring beneficiaries of their father generosity. Constantius the II from the above likeness, was not to invoke this crafty smile for long - three years later he was dead in the course of territorial dispute with his brother Constans.
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