Famous Ancient Romans Facts
Rome was one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever seen. This society produced numerous famous people including emperors, statesmen, gladiators, warriors,
poets, philosophers, and inventors. In this section of Ancient Rome History Facts we list facts about famous ancient Romans. Below you will find a list and short
description of many famous Romans; some of who will be known by any kid who ever picked up a history book and others who are less famous. There will be links to
interesting information pages about many of them. Please note that Roman Emperors are covered in a different section of this website (go to the
and select "Ancient Roman Emperor Facts".
Famous Ancient Romans List
- Marcus Antonius (83 BC - 30 BC) - Better known as Mark Antony was one of Julius Caesars top generals. He is famous for his involvement in the power struggle that
after the assassination of Julius Caesar and for his affair with the Egyptian queen Cleopatra.
- Marcus Junius Brutus (85 BC - 42 BC) - This Roman politician was a leader in the assassination of Julius Caesar.
- Gaius Cassius Longinus (Approximately 85 BC - 42 BC) - This Roman senator is most famous for being one of the people who assassinated Julius Caesar.
- Spartacus - He is the most famous gladiator in history. He was a Thracian soldier who had been captured and sold as a slave. In 73 BC he led a famous slave revolt
amassing a huge army. He was eventually defeated and killed.
- Flavius Aetius (391 AD - 454 AD) - A famous General in the Western Roman Empire. In 451 AD he ended the Hun invasion led by Attila with a great victory at the
of the Catalaunian Plains.
- Tetraites - The name of this famous Roman gladiator was first discovered on graffiti unearthed at Pompeii. Later on pottery as far away as England was unearthed
mentioning his name and his victories.
- Spiculus - A favorite gladiator of the Roman emperor Nero who awarded him with palaces and other riches.
- Attilius - Although most gladiators were slaves Attilius was a Roman citizen who chose to become a gladiator. He won numerous bouts that we know about from
and mosaics that have been unearthed.
- Livia Drusilla (58 BC - 29 AD) - She was the wife and adviser of the emperor Augustus. She eliminated anyone who stood in the way of her son Tiberius becoming
- Lucilla (150 AD - 182 AD) - The daughter of emperor Marcus Aurelius she helped plot the assassination of his successor Commodus. The plot failed and she was
executed for the attempt.
- Gnaeus Julius Agricola (40 AD - 93 AD) - This great Roman General is famous for his conquest of large portions of Britain.
- Titus Livius Patavinus (approximately 59 BC - 17 AD) - This famous Roman historian, also known as Livy, wrote a history of Rome titled "Ab Urbe Condita Libri".
book covers the history of Rome from before Rome's founding through the reign of the Emperor Augustus.