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wolfdancer
01-31-2005, 12:11 PM
"Man of the year"!!!!!!
http://classics.mit.edu/Augustus/deeds.html

Brought 200 years of peace, the "Pax Romana", the longest period of peace the Western world would ever enjoy.

Those were the good old days....and now we got....

SecaucusFats
01-31-2005, 01:05 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> "Man of the year"!!!!!!
http://classics.mit.edu/Augustus/deeds.html

Brought 200 years of peace, the "Pax Romana", the longest period of peace the Western world would ever enjoy.

Those were the good old days....and now we got.... <hr /></blockquote>

Augustus Caesar was the first Emperor of Rome. His given name at birth was Gaius Octavius Thurinus. His father was also named Gaius Octavius and was the governor of the Roman province of Macedonia. His mother, Atia, was the niece of the legendary Roman general and ruler Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar had no legitimate child he could name as heir so he adopted the young Octavius and named him his heir. He was called Octvian until 27BC when he was granted the title "Augustus" (revered one) by the Senate. While Augustus maintained the facade of the Roman Republic one should note that he in fact ruled as an autocrat.

The peace you refer to was solely within the Empire ( no civil wars, no invasions). However, Rome did fight numerous wars with the Barbarians and with the Parthian Empire during this time. It is also important to note that the Pax was brought about by the crushing force of Roman military might and the subsequent forcible imposition of Roman law.

wolfdancer
01-31-2005, 01:28 PM
Ah, Mr....Fats....you continue to surprise me with your knowledge...I have to look up my info....you sure you ain't a "closet" Democrat, the party of the intellectuals?
History will never confuse Augy, with GWB, by the way...nor come to think of it any of our past Presidents.....maybe the first George, or Teddy R. could even fit in the same category.
Or the much maligned U.S. Grant
http://www.mscomm.com/~ulysses/

highsea
01-31-2005, 02:34 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr>Those were the good old days....<hr /></blockquote>If you were a freeborn adult Roman male, that is...

SPQR!!

wolfdancer
01-31-2005, 03:03 PM
SPQR ????? what dat mean?????

SPetty
01-31-2005, 03:11 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> SPQR ????? what dat mean????? <hr /></blockquote>SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus (Latin: the Senate and the People of Rome)

courtesy: http://www.acronymfinder.com/

wolfdancer
01-31-2005, 04:11 PM
Thanks....and thanks for the link.....

highsea
01-31-2005, 04:53 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote wolfdancer:</font><hr> SPQR ????? what dat mean????? <hr /></blockquote>As Spetty said, it means "The Senate, The People of Rome"

It was their motto, kind of like "In God We Trust" is for us, except more so. You saw it everywhere, it was the symbol of Rome. It was on all the official proclamations, the buildings in the forum, every statue, arch, the coins, etc. Not sure what made me think of it...

Two good movies on Rome, if you can get past the plots:
"Demetrius and the Gladiator", and "The Robe". Great reconstructions of the forum and accurate Roman uniforms.
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