Hello everyone. My name is Andrew. I’m a college grad in my late twenties, and I’ve studied the history of ancient Rome for about 5 or 6 years. Whether you share my interest in the story of the Eternal City or you’re here just to indulge a passing curiousity, I hope you find the site informative.
So, moving on now to the reason I built this site. Why do I study history, and why ancient Rome in particular? The first half of the question is easy to answer; the second is somewhat more complicated, so I’ll explain them both in turn.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved to read, and curiousity was what fuelled my early interest in history. As a grade school student, history was the subject I learned by far the least about. Not only that, but living in Canada meant that at that age, I studied only the history of my own country, which is comparatively brief and relatively uneventful. That was what first inspired me to look beyond the school curriculum to explore parts of the world that had longer, more diverse stories to tell – primarily, Europe and Asia. Even so, I didn’t really learn a great deal until I had the interest, and the patience, to explore those stories in depth – in other words, from about my late high school years onward.
It was during my early college years that I first found myself particularly drawn to the study of ancient Rome. Of all the histories of cultures, civilizations and nations of the past I find the story of ancient Rome the most fascinating of all, for many different reasons. To me, ancient Rome represents history’s ultimate tale of rags to riches; the story of a city that began as nothing but a collection of mud huts on a cluster of seven hills and rose up to become master of the known world. A story of a culture of vice and virtue, a lesson to the entire human race of both how high we can rise and how low we can sink. What were the causes and effects of Rome’s origins, transformation, rise and fall? What aspects of Rome’s vast legacy have shaped our own culture, and which continue to do so even to this day?
Hopefully, this site will help you find the answers to those questions. If you have any unanswered questions feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll see if I can help you with it. Hope you enjoy the site!