People and Places

Left to right:
Gold coins [aureii] of Caesar,
Augustus, and Nero

It also will help to have an outline knowledge of how the Romans expanded their territorities around the Mediterranean shoreline and into northwestern Europe, bearing in mind that Roman vintners laid the foundation for the wine industries not only of Italy, but for France and Germany as well.

The characters you will meet most frequently in this story are:

  • Julius Caesar (Republican dictator, 48-44 B.C.)
  • Emperor Augustus (reigned, 27 B.C.-A.D. 14)
  • Emperor Nero (reigned, A.D. 54-68)

Even though they are not part of any topic in this Website, you also should be aware of the roles played by the emperors Domitian (reigned, A.D. 81-96) and Septimius Severus (reigned, A.D. 193-211).