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Book Review: Imperium

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On August 4, 2007
Gaius Verres was not, by the accounts we have left, a decent human being. Governorship of a Roman province came with certain prerogatives, including the expectation that the governor would enrich himself at the expense of his charges. When Gaius Verres was given the helm of Sicily, however, he took things rather to the extreme. […]

The Imperial Purple

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On March 25, 2007
In honor of the Rome series finale tonight, which will quite likely (spoiler!!!!) end in the founding of the Empire by Augustus. While Rome has worked fairly well on an episode-by-episode basis this year, the telescoped schedule has taken a severe toll on the story. For example, Caesarion looked much older that Vorenus’ son Lucius […]

Cold…

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On February 18, 2007

The execution of Cicero… very well done. Pullo has killed more than his share in cold blood, a fact that we forget when he’s murdering nameless extras, but the workmanlike way in which he

Book Review: Cicero

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On March 29, 2006
My introduction to Cicero came in a Classics class my freshman year at the University of Oregon. We read Against Verres I, an early case prosecuted by Cicero against the former governor of Sicily, and the Second Philippic Against Antony, a speech written in the days following the assassination of Caesar. Cicero is an odd […]
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