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Can you name the Emperors of Rome (pre-east/west split)?
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In 395, Rome split into an eastern and western half.
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Nov 15th, 2008 at 18:20 GMT
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Nov 15th, 2008 at 18:21 GMT
Before everybody asks, Julius Caesar was Dictator, not Emperor.
Nov 15th, 2008 at 18:38 GMT
Wow, this quiz is way more hardcore than the ones where you can get most of the way by going ____ I, II, III etc. Serious props to anyone who gets all of them.
Nov 15th, 2008 at 18:47 GMT
Yeah. I'm not sure why Roman numerals are called that but it doesn't seem to be because the Romans used them. ;-)
Nov 15th, 2008 at 19:01 GMT
that was ridiculously hard
Nov 15th, 2008 at 19:03 GMT
Gaius should be accepted for 37-41 - it was his actual name.
Nov 15th, 2008 at 19:09 GMT
6/76. At least I got the two from 'Gladiator'. It's all thanks to Russell Crowe.
Nov 15th, 2008 at 19:58 GMT
And now, all my points in the "Works of William Shakespeare" comments are for naught. Thanks so much Daniel!!
Nov 15th, 2008 at 23:18 GMT
I've been listening recently to a series of programmes on Ancient Rome which helped with some of my 19. Would have been 3 more but I couldn't spell Septimius Severus, Antoninus Pius or Tacitus!
Nov 15th, 2008 at 23:59 GMT
being emperor is like being mob boss; almost all these guys got murdered or assassinated
Nov 16th, 2008 at 03:18 GMT
I'm a Latin 3 student in high school. That helped me get about half of the 8 that I wouldn't have gotten other wise. The problem is, for example, the fact that 6 emporers ruled in 238. Still a good quiz, though, it's just brutal to try to remember these names.
Nov 16th, 2008 at 10:04 GMT
Your Wellcome Magister, I enjoyed that even though I only got 7.Now heres to the Works of Christopher Marlowe and there is only seven of those.
Nov 16th, 2008 at 15:53 GMT
Bring it on!! :)
Nov 16th, 2008 at 16:02 GMT
@Jesse: I hate to be pedantic, (okay, I don't) but wouldn't being a mob boss be like being an emperor in that regard?
Nov 16th, 2008 at 18:03 GMT
I always thought Heraclius was the last Roman emperor... Also, I personally thought the quiz would be better if it was organized by 1st century, 2nd century, Gaul + 3rd Cenutry + Palmyra, 4th cenutry and finally 5th century east + 5th century west. Easier to memorize too.
Nov 16th, 2008 at 18:05 GMT
Oh nvm, I just saw the pre-east/west split. My point about the organization still stands.
Nov 19th, 2008 at 16:04 GMT
@Owen Herring: Wasn't Gaius just a common Roman name? Gaius was the first name and the others were the surname (e.g Gaius Julius Caesar) to equate it as far as possible with modern naming customs. Julius wasn't his first name but part of his family name, the Julii Caesares.
Nov 21st, 2008 at 02:39 GMT
@Craig: Yes, that's true, but Caligula was merely his nickname, and more so than the average cognomen. It meant "Baby boots" because his father brought him around the camps as a toddler dressed as a mini-soldier. No one actually called him this to his face while he was in power. Historically, he is known as Gaius. He was known as Caligula mostly after his death, perhaps to further illustrate his insanity. Sometimes, when speaking of the good he did (because he actually did do some good) classicists will call him Gaius, and when talking about his insanity refer to him as Caligula. In one of my graduate classes, there was tension whenever we talked about him. One guy actually said "Well, Caligula...I'm sorry, Gaius, blah blah blah" I think Owen's correct to assert that both answers should be accepted.
Nov 21st, 2008 at 02:46 GMT
@Craig Cooper: And to further clarify your point: Take the name Publius Cornelius Lentulus. The first name/praenomen (Publius) was the first name. The second name/nomen (Cornelius) was the family name. The third name/ cognomen (Lentulus) was commonly a clan name or the name of a family within a larger family. Therefore PCL here was a member of the Cornelius family, but was distinguished from the Cinnae, Nepotes, Sullae, etc. Cognomens could be nicknames as well or honorific titles, but who wants to write Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus Augustus Germanicus Dacicus for 98-117?
Dec 4th, 2008 at 00:23 GMT
What about Octavian for Augustus?
Dec 4th, 2008 at 02:53 GMT
Octavian's a little different. When Octavian received the principate from the Senate in 23 BC, he adopted the cognomen Augustus for various different reasons. Most classicists acknowledge a profound split between Octavian and Augustus, even though it's the same man. Octavian as a member of the triumvirate ran things entirely different than when he became Augustus. Furthermore, simply for continuity, I would demand Thurinus if Octavian were accepted.
Dec 22nd, 2008 at 16:08 GMT
Got 37. And I'm happy with that score.
Jan 12th, 2009 at 14:48 GMT
yay, it took a few tries, but I got them all. I kept running out of time because I was taking too long typing and trying to remember them.
Feb 2nd, 2009 at 04:37 GMT
"Gallus" ought to be acceptable for "Trebonianus Gallus," especially if "Trebonianus" is acceptable. I also agree that "Gaius" should be acceptable for Caligula, although I can't imagine anyone who would guess "Gaius" who didn't know Caligula. (The fact that "Gaius" was a common praenomen is utterly irrelevant - so are "Titus" and "Tiberius" - the point is that Roman Emperors are known by one of their names, which is sometimes the praenomen - in Caligula's case, he was known as Gaius)
Feb 6th, 2009 at 19:41 GMT
Based on the above comments, I won't bother thanks
Apr 16th, 2009 at 22:08 GMT
Constantine really ought to be accepted for Constantine I the Great. Seriously. For such a hard quiz I think a more lenient policy towards guesses should be adopted.
Apr 19th, 2009 at 20:21 GMT
Constantine I works for that emperor, and differentiates him from his son. (the one named after him, not the two named similar to him)
May 13th, 2009 at 18:27 GMT
I knew the 238 six would catch me out, never could remember them, even when I actually studied the damn people.
Jun 13th, 2009 at 22:31 GMT
Never would of thought the average Roman Emperor only reigned for 5 years.
Jun 17th, 2009 at 00:09 GMT
I personally believe that Constantine should be excepted instead of having to write Constantine I the Great.
Jun 21st, 2009 at 23:41 GMT
@sccrsquashgrl20: See above.
Jul 6th, 2009 at 21:21 GMT
"Roman Numerals" are called "Roman Numerals" because the Romans used them. The reason why the names change are due to the naming practices of the Romans, having the praenomen (the one chosen by your parents), the nomen (taken from your gens, or clan), and the cognomen (taken from your family line within your clan). And then, of course, we add on the agnomen, which was somewhat of a nickname. And then everything got even more confusing when the emperors would adopt their heir apparents, and the heirs would change their names to reflect their newly-adoptive gens.
Jul 9th, 2009 at 21:54 GMT
@MattJ: exactly, I basically said that 8 months ago.
Aug 5th, 2009 at 10:05 GMT
50/76! Only ever studied up to Diocletian/Maximian so any after them and I'm guessing!
Nov 13th, 2009 at 03:43 GMT
Was Lucius Verus really a full co-emperor? I didn't think so, although I'm basing that on old movies, which may not be a fully reliable source.
Nov 14th, 2009 at 17:57 GMT
Don't mean to sound obnoxious, but since "Claudius" alone is accepted for "Claudius I" that should probably be the policy for all the "I" emperors. I kept typing Valentinian and Constantius over and over. Then again, maybe there's a really good reason why it's set up the way it is. In which case, please ignore me.
Nov 18th, 2009 at 18:50 GMT
Ubi est Geta?
Nov 18th, 2009 at 21:57 GMT
Geta effugit. Davus alios servos Getam invenire iussit. Geta se celavit in arbore.
Nov 28th, 2009 at 07:15 GMT
Completely foolproof mnemonic device for 238: "If you knew you had to untie two Gordian knots in one year, you too would get a Pupienus" (tee hee)
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