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One of the Surviving Pieces of Giant Statue of Emperor Constantine at Musei Capitolini, Rome - photo by Ron Gunzburger, via Flickr

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40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

The barbarian tribes who carved up the old empire — the Franks, Visigoths, Ostrogoths, the Vandals, and so forth — were much more Romanized than the tribes that had menaced Rome centuries earlier. The rulers of these new kingdoms generally sought to co-opt Roman elites that still held significant wealth and power across the former Western Empire.

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Pompeii. How amazing to think I walked on streets where chariots rolled

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