First published just before Christmas 1843, it’s probably the most successful Christmas story in English. Here illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Rome’s central and most enduring institution, it was the setting for the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. What did it really look like though?
Success on the battlefield – driving Macedonians from Greece, destroying Carthage in the third Punic War, and routing Germanic tribes – and the slide into civil war.
From its publication just before Christmas in 1843, Dickens’ story has been hugely popular and extensively illustrated. One set by Arthur Rackham is unquestionably fine art.
The best orator of Rome, and a great poet and writer. He became caught up in the struggle between Caesar and Pompey, and eventually fell foul of Antony. Great paintings too.
Two great generals who apparently met in not one but two paintings by Rubens. Together they secured the freedom of Greece within the Roman Empire.