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Having studied semiotics in uni I can tell you words and the meanings people associate with them are more then capable of changing over time. People in antiquity wouldn't have thought of themselves as pagan, and as has been pointed out the definition of pagan has changed over time. I'll sometimes...
by Aulus Flavius
on Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:49 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: Why paganism?
Replies: 13
Views: 6192

Decline and Fall Theory

Salve amici, I got into a discussion the other day with a friend of mine about the Decline and Fall of the Empire and he brought up a theory I've never heard before and I was wondering if there's any validity to it. Namely that the reason the empire fell was the heavy decline in birth rate bro...
by Aulus Flavius
on Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:40 am
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Decline and Fall Theory
Replies: 18
Views: 6753

Salve amici, Animated discussion as always. I’d have to say there is a certain romanticism about the Late Empire for me. I can see myself living in the 3rd and 4th Centuries, and would flatter myself as the son of an aristocratic pagan Senator. Being the eldest son of the family I would have been...
by Aulus Flavius
on Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:10 am
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: *Your* Roman life
Replies: 18
Views: 8889

Salve amici, Sorry to but in, but I recently found this link to the work of Sallustius entitled "On the Gods and the World" . An interesting theological work composed by a companion of the Emperor Julian. I thought perhaps if might be useful somewhere in the Religion section. http:/...
by Aulus Flavius
on Sun Sep 03, 2006 1:59 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: Philosophy links
Replies: 4
Views: 1816

Looking for works by Symmachus

Salve amici, I've been looking around for any extent texts by the Senator Quintus Aurelius Symmachus. The only material I've been able to find is contained in the works of the then Bishop of Milan, Ambrose. I've heard whispers that he might have composed his letters into a volume, but I haven't b...
by Aulus Flavius
on Fri Sep 01, 2006 4:07 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Looking for works by Symmachus
Replies: 1
Views: 1447

Request for information on Diocletian

Salve amici,

I'm looking for any extensive online information regarding Diocletian, be they essays or what have you. Anything about his reign or personality would be useful. If anyone has any essays they think would be useful, feel free to send them to scott_m67@hotmail.com

Vale,

A. Flavius
by Aulus Flavius
on Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Historicum
Topic: Request for information on Diocletian
Replies: 1
Views: 1242

Neoplatonic Wonderings

Salve amici, I’ve recently begun a study of Neoplatonism and have probably started in the proverbial deep end. To give you an indication I’m still reading the introduction section included by the translator J But I do have a few questions that perhaps some of the more learned amongst us can an...
by Aulus Flavius
on Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:10 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: Neoplatonic Wonderings
Replies: 6
Views: 2215

A Roman Confession

This is the confession of an old and foolish man. One who had the world in the palm of his hand and let it die because of his own shortsighted fear. I, Honorius, an Augustus of the Western Roman Empire, or what is left of it, now confess to posterity if not to a priest. What was once the most pow...
by Aulus Flavius
on Thu Aug 03, 2006 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: A Roman Confession
Replies: 1
Views: 1772

Flavius repressed the sudden urge to sigh. There was another one of them. And what by Apollo had he said to the Centurion? It sounded harsh to say the least. A pair of dogs barking at each other. His halting latin made Flavius flinch and his attempts to soften his speech only made the patrician fe...
by Aulus Flavius
on Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:13 am
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Old RP Thread
Replies: 144
Views: 62604

"I have only one horse, Citizen; but he is worth all the rest. Quality over quantity, you know; yours is a fine animal all right, in peak condition too. One might think he'd be steadier; perhaps if you'd spent some time with him...? Flavius frowned at the pleb. What was this creature but a hor...
by Aulus Flavius
on Mon Jul 10, 2006 3:08 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Old RP Thread
Replies: 144
Views: 62604

Flavius bristled at the pleb’s gruff speech. The indignity of almost being unhorsed by man had the patrician on edge. He gently removed a hand from the horse’s reins and placed it on his thigh. "I might well ask who you are, traveller. You have the right of passage; that is what a road is for....
by Aulus Flavius
on Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:17 am
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Old RP Thread
Replies: 144
Views: 62604

“What do you mean he’s gone? The door was locked. Sealed tight!” Daimon hurried up an unlit hallway, lamp held high to see ahead. Beside him was Fausta. Together the two of them headed the Flavii estate here just north of Rome. If it could be called an estate it was a joke and a poor one at that. Ma...
by Aulus Flavius
on Tue Jul 04, 2006 10:31 am
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Old RP Thread
Replies: 144
Views: 62604

Salve amici, Thankyou both. I was a bit surprised to come on and find responses to a post I made the better part of a year ago. I appreciate both the efforts and the insight. Thankyou of course Marcus. It's always a pleasure to hear from our residential Numa :) I can certainly see with larity ...
by Aulus Flavius
on Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:00 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: A Question Of Spirituality
Replies: 8
Views: 2485

I'm starting to get a much more clear picture of how things went now. So far as research goes actual information on the intitial stages of recruitment appear to be rather hard to find. Once past this hurdle it's rather easy to find information on the composition, training and general lifestyle in th...
by Aulus Flavius
on Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:14 am
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Questions of a legion...
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

Salve amice, Thanks for the information Marius The Military College pages certainly cleared up a few things. There is one thing that I've never been able to get a good hold of though and that's the actual process of enlisting. I've been told that a citizen couldn't just walk up to a legionary ...
by Aulus Flavius
on Thu Apr 13, 2006 5:54 am
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Questions of a legion...
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

Salve amice, Sorry for the late reply Marcus. Been busy with Uni. Thanks for the information. Alright, so Manius wants to join the legions. What time frame? I'm thinking the Imperial Era, but not too far into or past the 1st Century CE. Perhaps the reign of Vespasianus? He wouldn't be a nob...
by Aulus Flavius
on Tue Apr 11, 2006 4:04 am
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Questions of a legion...
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

Questions of a legion...

Salve amici, I have a few questions about the Roman legions. If there is anyone that can answer them I would greatly appreciate it. I'm never sure how to frame these as questions so I'll give it to you as a scenario: I'm Gaius. A Roman citizen with a Roman father. Young. I want to enlist in...
by Aulus Flavius
on Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:15 am
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Questions of a legion...
Replies: 7
Views: 2590

Salve amice, A pleasure to see such a well thought out answer Marius, especially from one who admits to not partaking of the religio Romana. It's certainly calmed me to know that I'm not the only one thinking of such questions. The religio Romana can be extremely ethereal considering the sourc...
by Aulus Flavius
on Sun Jan 08, 2006 1:49 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: A Question Of Spirituality
Replies: 8
Views: 2485

A Question Of Spirituality

What is it that makes a practitioner of the religio Romana? What defines that person as the believer of a distinct and separate religious system? Is it some personal revelation? Some commune with a God or Gods? What is it that makes us distinct and individual? I’ve been led to question the authe...
by Aulus Flavius
on Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:10 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: A Question Of Spirituality
Replies: 8
Views: 2485

A Question of Ancestry

Salve amici, Well I'm back, to a degree. So sorry for the long period of inactivity. Events have been hectic but hopfully this message will herald my magnificent return :) I've noticed one or two articles on here pertaining to Lararium practices and this led me to ask this particular question....
by Aulus Flavius
on Wed Dec 21, 2005 3:35 am
 
Forum: Collegium Religionum et Philosophiarum
Topic: A Question of Ancestry
Replies: 2
Views: 1208
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