Huh. Sounds Like . . . That Movie

The death of Marcus Aurelius, in 180 A.D., brought the felicity of the Antonine age to an abrupt end. His son Commodus was a tyrant who degraded the imperial dignity by personally fighting in the amphitheatre both against wild beasts and against professional gladiators. He was murdered after a reign of twelve years. His successor, the senator Pertinax, who sought to return to the methods of Marcus, lasted only twelve weeks. He was murdered by the Pretorian guards who now, resenting the restoration of discipline, “threw their swords into the scale” and, having thus made the throne again vacant, treated it as their property and offered it for sale to the highest bidder.  It was bought by a rich senator, Didius Julianus. But this claim of the Roman household troops to dispose of the empire aroused the resentment of the legions abroad. By a rapid march on Rome, the commander of the army on the Danube, the African Septimius Severus, deposed Julianus after a reign of 66 days, defeated his rival generals, and inaugurated the rule of a new dynasty: the last imperial dynasty of the Pagan empire.

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter II: The House of Severus

#RidleyScottdoesknowhis #EdwardGibbon #HistoryofImperialRome

#amreading: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, by Edward Gibbon

Self’s reading for 2017 is very heavy on history books. She finished Montcalm and Wolfe, is reading Gibbon now, and will move on to Phil Klay’s short stories of being an American soldier in Iraq, Redeployment.

She read a few pages of Gibbon last night, and it was very, very difficult to focus. She won’t give up, though.

Here’s what Edward Gibbon has to say about Marcus Aurelius, one of Rome’s greatest emperors:

  • At the age of twelve years, he embraced the rigid system of the Stoics, which taught him to submit his body to his mind, his passions to his reason; to consider virtue as the only good, vice as the only evil, and all things external as things indifferent.

Alas, Marcus Aurelius was succeeded by:

“the dark unrelenting Tiberious, the furious Caligula, the feeble Claudius, the profligate and cruel Nero, the beastly Vitelius, and the timid, inhuman Domitian”

#HolyCow #SoStokedNow

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

What the Writing Desk Looks Like Today, 15 March 2017

Unit # 1, Tyrone Guthrie Centre

Scissors are EXTREMELY important for any writing endeavour.

For the cut and paste.

You may also notice that there is a new book on the table: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. Yes, self finished Montcalm and Wolfe last night. The Battle of Quebec was a sniffle at the very end, followed by the downfall of perhaps the greatest statesman England has ever known, Pitt. And then self skimmed over the last dozen pages.

And the Oxford English Dictionary word of the day is — drumroll, please — VAMPIRE!

  • A vampire is a corpse supposed, in European folklore, to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long, pointed, canine teeth.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.