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Re: Perspective

A little perspective: The other Board I'm on has 760 members, who have written a total of 276 articles. We , otoh, have maybe 245 registered members...who have, between 'em, cranked out nearly 8600 articles. Okay, granted not every Board member is an actual Sodalis, and the Webmaster has to ...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Tue Aug 23, 2005 10:11 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] The Decline of SVR (?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1594

The Comitia should be more than an announcement board. Sodales should be able to suggest ideas and vote on them independent of (and superior to) the Concilium of Curatores. I'm getting a little uncomfortable with this idea of philospher kings deciding everything... We could implement that pre...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:23 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Under this developing proposal, who would enjoy auctoritas? I other words, who could speak for the Societas - any curator? I would also be concerned that there must be a mechanism for the Comitia to recall any curator or maybe even the whole slate through a vote of no confidence. Tergestus 1...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:04 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

[Concilium] Attracting new members

Salvete omnes,

A straightforward question : how could SVR attract more members and keep them enthoustiastic about participating in our organisation ?

Valete,

Atticus
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:26 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Attracting new members
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Would it not be a bit too much trouble for a minor correction? I agree with the need for a new, concise Regula. That said, I think this sudden tendency towards being just a group of friends might end up reducing activity here. If we are to continue discussions here, it seems that we need const...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] SVR : Identity, Nature, Goals, and Principia
Replies: 31
Views: 3725

About the possibility of a forum to discuss experiences with NR, I understand Piscinus' reasons for wanting to keep this separate from SVR, thus preventing SVR from becoming an anti-NR organisation. We are our own organisation, no longer just a reaction to NR. However, Mari, I do understand that ...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] The Decline of SVR (?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1594

Salvete, So it would effectively be a carte blanche, since it would be purely up to the curator to decide whether to go to the comitia or not? I like this proposal, though I'd be inclined to include a suggested code of some sort, not to circumscribe the powers of the administrators but to give th...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Salve Cleopatra, I recall that P. Dionysius Mus has a cd with reconstructed Roman music. Perhaps he can tell us more about it. I myself have a cd with reconstructions of ancient Greek music. For listening samples, go to : http://www.amazon.fr/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004TVG7/qid=112465...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sun Aug 21, 2005 10:17 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Artium et Litterarum
Topic: Roman Music
Replies: 13
Views: 4941

Salvete Academia Thules has approached me about the possibility of their working with SVR. One thing they would like is to be allowed to post their class schedules at one of SVR's fora. They also have positions open for praeceptors, and you do not have to be a member of NR to attend classes or t...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sun Aug 21, 2005 8:42 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] The Decline of SVR (?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1594

Horatius Piscinus wrote:Salvete

I am for starting all over with new Regulae. I would like to see us get down to a single typed page if that is possible.


A good idea ! I'm looking forward to a new draft we could start working on.

Vale,

Atticus
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sun Aug 21, 2005 8:37 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] SVR : Identity, Nature, Goals, and Principia
Replies: 31
Views: 3725

Salvete, I think that any well-disposed board of administrators would normally submit great changes to the Comitia on their own initiative, though I would also state formally in our new regula that the administrators must announce all their non-routine decisions to the Comitia and that the Comiti...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sun Aug 21, 2005 8:36 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Salvete Horati aliique, I entirely agree. Bigness and rigidness is what ruined SVR's current administrative system. Smallness and flexibility should be the qualities of the new system we're trying to develop, and your suggestion, i.m.o., provides an elegant basis that has them both. Valete, ...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sat Aug 20, 2005 7:49 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Horatius Piscinus wrote:There are opportunities for SVR to work with them on some things, which could benefit SVR.


Perhaps we could begin by approaching the NR-affiliated "Academia Thules" http://www.academiathules.org/ ?

Vale,

Atticus
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sat Aug 20, 2005 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] The Decline of SVR (?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1594

Salve Horati, I'm inclining towards your simple, transparent and flexible solution, now that I re-read the suggestions for a better SVR. However, I do think we should stick to bi-annual elections of curatores to prevent an official oligarchy to be formed. I am reconsidering my position on...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Sat Aug 20, 2005 9:23 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

[Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus

Salvete omnes, In this topic, I wish to open a discussion on the "core issues" we should, as has been said, focus upon first, instead of dealing with minor issues (e.g. the census) at the beginning of our term as a concilium. I think there’s a general consensus among the members of this conci...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Aug 19, 2005 8:22 pm
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] Comitia, Magistratus & Senatus
Replies: 18
Views: 2272

Salve Tergeste, Thanks for mentioning additional figures. In fact, I used only the number of "Active Military Personnel", based on statistics published at http://www.globalfirepower.com/united_states.asp As for Mattern's figures, they are based on the work of Birley (1981) an...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:29 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Relative size of the Roman army
Replies: 6
Views: 3266

Relative size of the Roman army

Salvete omnes, Reading Susan P. Mattern's "Rome and the Enemy", I was surprised at reading that "It has often been remarked that under the Principate, Rome managed to secure, defend and even expand is empire with a relatively small military force". (p. 82). The author argues that "This small, fix...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Fri Aug 19, 2005 12:06 pm
 
Forum: Collegium Militarium
Topic: Relative size of the Roman army
Replies: 6
Views: 3266

[Concilium] The Decline of SVR (?)

In another topic, Curio wrote : I think we need to discuss bigger changes than this, otherwise nothing will change in SVR's slowly declining activity. What were the reasons for the events that stimulated this crisis? What can we do to prevent them from occurring again? How can we help SVR find...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:15 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] The Decline of SVR (?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1594

Salvete omnes, The census is certainly a good plan, although I suspect once per year might be more feasible than twice. The rest of our discussion thus far, while relevant, does seem to focus on minor tweaks. I think we need to discuss bigger changes than this, otherwise nothing will change in...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:11 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] SVR : Identity, Nature, Goals, and Principia
Replies: 31
Views: 3725

Re: 'As applicable'

[color=darkblue]Salve, mi Tergeste, et salvete omnes... Census: I think we should have one at least once a year. Turnover on the 'Net is much too high to let the rolls age any more than that. I would prefer to see them done every six months, like we've been doing; however, I know the effort...
by Quintus Pomponius Atticus
on Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:29 am
 
Forum: Comitia
Topic: [Concilium] SVR : Identity, Nature, Goals, and Principia
Replies: 31
Views: 3725
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