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Salvete omnes Indeed, denying the fact that Roman culture was influenced by Etruscan or Greek culture, would be demonstrating a narrow view. But then again, I strongly believe that every culture has its own essentials that in this case unmistakeably Roman. So I agree with the Wolf. How's that, mi...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:55 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: Greek gods plan to beat Roman challengers
Replies: 8
Views: 1464

Salve Ariadne et alii Gemiddeld??? Moest er een test zijn die zei dat ik gemiddeld was, ik smeet de pc door het raam... Zou ik problemen mee krijgen ook, want de pc is van mijn broer :wink: Och ja, maybe it's for the best. Ik zal hem een dezer ook es afleggen, we zullen es zien of die test i...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:46 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: Psycho-Test
Replies: 8
Views: 3620

Salve Gnae et alii

Regarding the infanticide, I once read that Carthago worshipped Baal/ Moloch, and that they, indeed, brought human sacrifices to the god. Mostly young boys.

Iubeo aliquem valere
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Sun Jul 25, 2004 11:18 am
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Hannibal vs Scipio Africanus
Replies: 12
Views: 4220

Ciao amici! As you might know, I have recently spent 5 days in la bella Roma. And I got blessing for SVR from the She-wolf. How's that? 8) Now, my avatar. Quite simply, like it was for Romulus Aurelius Orcus, it is a picture of the good old Mencius himself. Indeed, my cognomen. I like the m...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Sun Jul 25, 2004 11:11 am
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Why your avatar?
Replies: 21
Views: 10254

Salvete omnes! Yes, it looks quite impressive. I especially liked the 'scholarly membership' comment. It is good to know that enthousiast can produce high quality essays, projects and postings. ( I think Piscinus' postings have something to do with this comment :wink: , his motto is sapere aude,...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Sun Jul 18, 2004 9:33 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: We are at the Wikipedia
Replies: 19
Views: 8880

Salvete iterum About the Shahnameh... I am not familiar with the work, amice. Same goes for Manicheistic sources. sorry :oops: There are Persian sources that I could mention, but they describe later times... Should you be interested, look into the works of the big 4: Rashid-al-Din, Guvaini, ...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Sat Jul 17, 2004 10:26 am
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: The use of Elephants
Replies: 14
Views: 3728

Salve

As for now, the only source that I can think of:

Bretschneider, E. Medieval Researches from Eastern Asiatic Sources: 1888

This is a valuable collection of source material in English translation. Might be hard to find, I know... But it 'll be worth the trouble, I think.
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Sat Jul 17, 2004 10:13 am
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: The use of Elephants
Replies: 14
Views: 3728

Salvete iterum, mi Tiberi! Yes, I agree that it is nice to talk about the subject... First, would you care to give me the details of your elusive source? The more sources I have, he merrier. My sources, then. Most of my sources are related to China and/or Buddhism. But for a general introd...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:49 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: The use of Elephants
Replies: 14
Views: 3728

Salvete iterum, mi Marce We will be staying at the Piazza Santa Croce, southeast to the Colosseum, and adjacent to the Theatro Castrense. I am sure that there will be plenty to see in Rome... And it will need many more visits, too. But I think you already knew that, nonne? Since I only hac...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:35 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Absentiae
Replies: 9
Views: 2360

Salvete, fellow linguists! Since it is allowed once to brag, according to Draco... Here goes. Dutch is my native language, so that should be fine. My English is excellent, due to television :wink: ,language courses, one year of extensive translator-interpretor studies; which, btw, also left m...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Thu Jul 15, 2004 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: What languages do you speak?
Replies: 36
Views: 14180

Another absentia... Mencius will be abroad from July 16-23. And no, not to China this time (although I would very much like to be there now...) But the period is too short, let alone the shortage of funds... :roll: Nah, Mencius is going to see Pope Johnny in the Vatican. Amongst other th...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Thu Jul 15, 2004 4:22 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: Absentiae
Replies: 9
Views: 2360

Salvete iterum, mi Aule! When you take a look at my name, it should not be difficult to guess what I am studying. Indeed: Chinese! I am a student at the Eastern Languages and Cultures department of Ghent University. Both Modern and Classical Chinese, and next year I'l take on Japanese as well...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Thu Jul 15, 2004 4:08 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just one question about... you !
Replies: 22
Views: 8985

Sodales! Go forth and multiply 8)! Vote for SVR, and may we rise to greatness... *Mencius pensively strokes his whithered beard, and realises that we have something great already, built on a sturdy foundation amicitia et fide* So, thanks again to all our sodales who contribute to our S...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:41 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: Vote for us!
Replies: 1
Views: 551

Salvete iterum, Romule, Gnae et alii I will go along with your reasoning, Romule... The key question is, in my view, would you let your morality be influenced by religion? Religion can't or at least should not coerce anything, otherwise why are we believers if we are not free in our religious a...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Thu Jul 15, 2004 10:29 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: The origin of morality
Replies: 35
Views: 6579

Salvete! I tend to agree with Draco. Morality is a mixture of personal sentiments and external influence, be it through education or otherwise. I do not believe that morality can be shaped through coercion of the state. In my view, ideology and morality are different notions, for in morality,...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: The origin of morality
Replies: 35
Views: 6579

Salvete omnes! To my satisfaction, I can say that I have passed as well. But, since solidarity is one of my many virtues, :roll: :wink: I will take two re-exams, too, for courses that were part of my individually altered year programme, or IAJ for my fellow countrymen... Congrats to the othe...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Oh and by the way, for those who were wondering...
Replies: 5
Views: 1846

*Mencius is wagging his imaginary tail*

It would be nice indeed, if you payed us a visit, my friend....

Keep us noted, will ya...

Mencius
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Tue Jul 13, 2004 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Roman Gatherings
Topic: An American in Belgica
Replies: 2
Views: 2174

Salvete iterum, mi Tiberi There are several comments that come to mind. First of all, I agree that Timur must have been impressed by the elephants. Proof is that he used elephants himself at Aleppo in 1400, as I suggested earlier. The location of Balkh, then. Stating that it was situated to th...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Tue Jul 13, 2004 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: The use of Elephants
Replies: 14
Views: 3728

*Mencius, being awake early at the hour of the tiger, sees them off as they go into the deep forests*

Yi lu ping an, amici... May the trip cleanse you all from the crazed exams...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Mon Jun 28, 2004 6:24 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: Absentiae
Replies: 9
Views: 2360

Salve Ariadne, I am certain that there are others who can explain better than me, but, what the heck, I'll try nonetheless. Yes, the rank of patrician is a sign of merit for the Societas, be it by posting or otherwise. But only a select number of candidates are put forward by the Senate each y...
by Aulus Dionysius Mencius
on Fri Jun 25, 2004 3:54 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: patricius/plebeius
Replies: 4
Views: 1578
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