The Roman civilization was full of famous people, places, and things. One of the giants of the ancient civilizations was Rome: the city, the republic, the empire, and much more.

Among the more well-known ancient Romans were Julius Caesar, Augustus (right), Pompey, Nero, Caligula.

An elaborate slave class powered the might of Rome, and perhaps no slave was more famous than Spartacus, who led a large-scale revolt in the year 73.

Rome had many enemies. Among the most well-known were Hannibal, Atilla the Hun, Alaric the Visigoth, the Etruscans, the Samnites, and the Parthians. It was the Roman legion that won the wars and kept the peace for a great many years. Rome also suffered through years of internal strife.

Roman aqueduct bridge Pantheon Roman road

The Romans were great builders, of roads, aqueducts, baths, and temples. They built a system of laws that formed the basis for many a legal system to follow.

The View from the Top of the World
New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary and his sherpa and friend Tenzing Norgay, were the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They did so on May 29, 1953.

Edmund Hillary: Conqueror of Everest
A lifelong climbing enthusiast, Hillary reached the summits of 11 peaks over 20,000 feet tall. A humanitarian as well, he made more than 100 trips to Nepal after his famous expedition, helping the people of that country improve their way of life. His famous Himalayan Trust lives on.

Mount Everest: Land in the Clouds
Find out more details about the world's tallest mountain.

Spanish Flu: Deadly Worldwide Pandemic
A flu pandemic in 1918–1919 killed more people around the world than the world war that ended that year. The influenza has come to be known by a handful of names, the most familiar of which is the Spanish Flu. The flu did not strike in just one spot at one time; it developed from multiple places around the globe. Several origin stories have been put forward through the years. One of the most Spanish Flu afflicting soldiers prominent was that of an American soldier reporting to an American infirmary with a fever, which turned out to be the terrible influenza that would kill so many so quickly. The flu virus, as it was later discovered to be, spread through that armed services camp and through others (for it wasn't just the Midwestern camp in which the flu virus was lurking) and then traveled with American soldiers who went to the front in World War I, which was still raging in spring 1918. Conditions in the trenches in Europe were found to be conducive to the spreading of all manner of diseases, and this newly discovered strain of influenza spread quickly and became very deadly.

Why Is It?

Why Is It That Jeans Are Blue? Jeans
Jeans are commonplace for many generations of people today–in America, especially, but also in many other countries. Jeans come in many colors these days, but the most common color is the original, blue. Why?

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Significant Sevens are the highest, the lowest, the deepest, the farthest, the oldest, the youngest, and a host of other lists in economics, geography, history, and much more.

Cultural Icons are the instantly recognizable monuments, landforms, buildings, and many other kinds of landmarks that define a people, place, or culture.


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