Marian Vermeulen

Marian Vermeulen
Marian has been a devoted student of the ancient world since primary school. She received her BA in History and Philosophy from Hope College and has continued researching and writing on topics of ancient history from the Assyrian Empire to the Roman Empire and everything in between. She enjoys dabbling in historical fiction, but generally finds the actual true individuals of history and their stories more fascinating than any fictional invention. Her other passion is horses, and in her spare time she enjoys starting young horses under saddle and volunteer training for the local horse rescue.

Year of the Four Emperors: A Complete Overview

  It can be easy to forget that, although Augustus established an imperial system that successfully passed rule through the five members of the Julio-Claudian...

The Julio-Claudian Dynasty: 6 Things You Should Know

  The Julio-Claudian dynasty was the first imperial dynasty of ancient Rome, consisting of Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. The term Julio-Claudian refers to...

The Roman Senate: An In-Depth Understanding

  Eager young politicians in modern nations today might be disappointed to learn that the word “senate” derives from the Latin “senex,” meaning “old man.”...

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: 11 Facts About The Leader Of Baroque Sculpture

  Gian Lorenzo Bernini is remembered as one of the greatest sculptors and artists of the 17th century. Utilizing Christian subjects as well as elements...

Alexander The Great: 9 Facts on the Greatest Conqueror

  Most people have heard of Alexander of Macedonia, the young Greek warlord who became king at the age of twenty and had conquered the...

Who were the 12 Olympians of Greek Mythology?

  The 12 Olympian gods of Greek mythology were actually the third generation of gods, six of them having been born of the powerful Titans...

9 Egyptian Pharaohs Who Changed the Course of History

  Throughout Ancient Egypt, men and women took the helm of leadership as pharaohs. However, the most famous are not necessarily the best rulers in...

Greek Titans: Who Were The 12 Titans In Greek Mythology?

You may know the famous twelve Olympian Greek Gods and Goddesses, but they were not the first rulers in Greek mythology. So, who were the Titans?

Roman Republic vs. Roman Empire and The Imperial System

Rome witnessed important changes in the shift from Roman Republic to Roman Empire, but the Imperial system was not always as different or as powerful as it may have seemed.

Donatello: 10 Facts About The Integral Forefather Of The Renaissance.

With his command of multiple mediums and his expertise in classical antiquity, Donatello became an integral forefather of the Renaissance.

Fascinating Facts from the Bas-Reliefs of Persepolis

The bas-reliefs of ancient Persepolis not only symbolized the greatness of Persia to ancient visitors of the King, they also continue to provide interesting facts about Persia to this day.

5 Facts about the Inner Life of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in history. Was he ruthless or merciful? Did he have a calculated plan to seize power in Rome or was he forced into his decisions by the actions of the Senate?