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The Romans. It is impossible to pronounce it without immediately feeling the grandeur involved. When you talk about the Roman Empire, you are talking big, bigger, biggest. An empire with a history full of wealth, splendor, and, of course, violence. Because the Romans’ urge for expansion was accompanied by much bloodshed, with which the total empire at one time covered a large part of Europe and even surrounding continents.
On the other hand, the Romans also had a more beautiful side, which the stories of Roman mythology show us. Even without needing imagination, the Romans provided us with beautiful stories. For example, the romance between the Egyptian Cleopatra and two famous Roman rulers: Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Of course there’s also the gladiators in the mighty Colosseum who have captured the imagination of generations.
To this day we encounter Romans. At exhibitions and in Museums, in comic books like Asterix and Obelix (“Always those Gauls!”), in movies and TV series, and last but not least of course in online casinos. The Romans are a rich source of inspiration for online slots, which should be obvious.
The Roman Empire in a nutshell
The heyday of the Roman Empire is far behind us, but its traces are still evident in our daily lives.
We see the first signs of the Roman Empire in the sixth century before the year 0. Rome began as a small village, but built into a veritable empire with more than 100 million inhabitants that had great political influence far beyond Italy. Around the year 100, power was at its greatest. Much of Europe, as far north as current day Scotland, belonged to Roman territory for hundreds of years, as did parts of northern Africa and Asia. Conquering or dominating such a large area was not without controversy: battles, revolts and bloodshed were the order of the day. The legions had plenty of work to do.
The decline began when the western part of the empire fell in the year 476, but even before that, things were not going smoothly as far as governance was concerned.
Important figures in the Roman empire
We mentioned it in the intro: the Egyptian Cleopatra had a strong link to the Romans thanks to her political and amorous relations with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. From the marriage with Caesar, a son was born: Caesarion. After their marriage, however, Caesar was assassinated, civil war broke out in Rome and Cleopatra fled. Mark Antony was one of the later rulers of the Roman Empire who made off with her.
Slots with Cleopatra and Spartacus
Cleopatra, also called ‘seductress of the Romans” we see in very many slots. For example, developer IGT’s ‘Cleopatra’ revolves entirely around this famous queen. Prefer a different Cleopatra slot? There’s Cleopatra’s Golden Spells, and Wild Link Cleopatra.
Looking for more native Roman protagonists, then have a look at Spartacus Gladiator of Rome, centered around the legendary gladiator turned rebel Spartacus.
The Roman army: one to fear
The Roman empire was able to expand so enormously thanks to its well-oiled army, which systematically fought at its borders. Among other things, they went to war against the famous general of Carthage, Hannibal – one of their greatest opponents. Until his self-inflicted death at (for that time) a very old age, he continued to go to war against the Roman Empire.
More slots with warring Romans
There are dozens – if not hundreds – of slot games made in which Romans fight each other or other enemies. Which one should you really have played?
Rome The Golden Age – NetEnt
Of course, slot giant NetEnt ventures into this popular theme. This high volatility game from 2021 is thoroughly Roman, incorporating key elements from the Republic’s heyday. We do see some weapons and gladiators, but no bloodshed on battlefields.
Gladiators: cannon fodder for entertainment, then and now
If you have ever been to Rome and visited the famous Colosseum, then you know what it was all about: the gladiators. Their struggle for life and death was for a period the popular entertainment of the Romans (“Bread and Games”). They fought not only against each other with all kinds of weapons, but also against wild animals. Was a battle undecided, that is, without anyone dying during the fight? Then the public might still decide that a gladiator should not leave the stadium alive.
Two millennia after the immense popularity of gladiators, they continue to entertain people. Fortunately now without the intense bloodshed. Nowadays, we see gladiators in movies like Gladiator, but also in entertaining slot machines. For example, Gladiator Legends.
The Romans adopted their gods from the Greeks, but had different names for them. For instance, the Greek Zeus was renamed Jupiter, Poseids was renamed Neptune, and Aphrodite was known as Venus. The planets in our solar system are named after the “Roman” gods.
The area around Rome was known as Latium, and from that they got the name of their language – Latin. Latin remained an important language for hundreds of years for science, philosophy, religious texts, and functioned as a kind of Linuga Franca (shared language) for medieval and early modern European societies.
The Roman Empire, then known as the Imperium Romanus ruled some 85 million people. In the south they reached as far as Egypt, and in the north they came as far as Scotland. In the east, they reached as far as where the Persian Gulf now lies – at the time, this area was still known as Mesapotamia.
The Romans are often described in history as a very ambitious people. They symbolise glory and prosperity, and stand as an example of risk-taking for unimaginable gains. Julius Caesar proclaimed his own attempt to take over the Roman Republic with the quote “Alea iacta est”, or “The die is cast”.