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Adelais Valerius

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    To learn as much as I can about the Roman Empire. I'm not going to pretend that I know everything, but I figured the point of using this forum is of course the expansion of Roman knowledge and History.
  1. Adelais Valerius

    A question on the Gracchi Brothers

    Salve, Valerius Primus Pilus is responsible for this wonderful Legal Chronology. The entries of 133 BC (Lex Sempronia Agraria) and 123 BC (Leges Semproniae) should be particularly useful for you. Just check out their primary sources. that was exactly what I was looking for, sometimes I forget to check the website....gratias ago vos quamvis(pardon if the latin is off, I wasn't 100% sure)
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    A question on the Gracchi Brothers

    I was recently reading up on Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus, and I was wondering if someone could lend me a hand in explaining in detail what their reforms were meant to do totally. I don't mean "o, they helped the roman poor", but in detail from that. I know when Tiberius was tribune, he tried to pass laws that gave land to Roman poor from the public land that had been seized during the 2nd Punic war, and that motion was defeated, with the help of Scipio Ameilianus, and of course Tiberius's death. I also know that Gaius picked up where his brother left off so to speak, with reforms such as the formation of the quaestio de repetundis, which was formed to investigate abuses and bribe acceptances by the provincial governors. When I was reading though, I didn't quite get EXACTLY what he did. I know the outcome, but what other things did they do specifically to try and help reform the government(modified motions, laws, etc..)? If you could also add some references to any answer you give, just so I can get some more books to buy,lol. thanks in advance, cheers
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    Upcoming programs / movies about Rome (US only)

    hell yea....nice
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    Most Influential Historical Leader

    i agree with this. The actions that the Romans took to create such an empire they had would be similar to the genocides in Darfur and things like that. Society has changed greatly since the times of most if not all of these people. as for the actual good and bad argument, i believe that since yes, we as a society has changed, we can't help but pepper in some morality into the equation on who was the most influential. We base our judgement on great leaders nowadays by how they helped there people, not how they killed this many people or how good there propaganda worked on brainwashing people into commiting genocide, it just isnt in our nature anymore. of course those were great achievements, but i can't help but think they were great achievements for the WRONG reasons, and therefore i can't put those people higher than people that did great things for the RIGHT(morallly, from my pov) reasons
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    Rome Podcast

    Thanks mikeal, I've just listened the current iTunes podcast "The Third Macedonian War" It was pretty interesting although I thought the narrator was a little bit on the dull side, but other than that it was good. It's currently on pod cast 26, is there anyway I can get them back dated back to the beginning? i have itunes, so i know if your using itunes, when you highlight podcasts on your itunes and it takes you to the list of subscriptions you have, you hit the tiny arrow next to history of rome and all of the podcasts you have on the history of rome will pop up. the rest of the ones offered can be downloaded by clicking the "get all" button. i personally don't remember what number i started on, im at school right now, so i can look at mine when i get home and send you a pm if you'd like? message me if you need anything else, i might be able to call or something... its also possible that once a podcast gets old enough, they delete them. not all podcast subscriptions do that, but some do...
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    Atheism in Ancient Rome

    It seems to me that this could be more of a statement to Christians, not necessarily a personal advocation of Christianity. By doing this, he was trying to create a more unified Rome, instead of the citizens squabbling between different religions. Since Christianity was already on the rise, it seems that he chose it because it was already organized and strong within itself, and with the help of a person in his position, it could flourish.With the Roman gods, not all people could be directly unified under one person because most people believed in many. christianity only had faith in one(or two if you count jesus, or three if you count the holy trinity, i guess it depends on your faith).
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    The Julio-Claudian line of succession?

    this is extremely off topic, but it seems you've gone full-fledge, using uber amounts of brain power on deciding which celebrites will kick the bucket on your blog,lol...
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    Who would you like to meet most?

    lol...i just found that humorous, the Livia part.... but I don't think if you met up with Agrippa, he would be willing to downplay himself though ...what good Roman would?
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    Can Anyone Tell Me About The 1st Triumvirate?

    Though much more involved than suggested, yes, Pompeius, Crassus and Caesar for all intensive purposes, virtually announced to the Senate they were in charge by virtue of controlling the key components of the Roman political system. There was still considerable opposition of course, and that opposition had a voice (M. Porcius Cato in particular), but little real power. The "triumvirate" (so-called only in retrospect as it was not an official designation of government or authority) controlled the tribunate (and therefore the power to legislate) through support of the urban populace, held significant support of the army via Pompey and had access to massive wealth and the support of the Equites via Crassus. Additionally, even after Caesar had left Rome for Gaul, the scheming of Clodius managed to manipulate the senate into sending Cato to govern Cyprus (and exiled Cicero, but Cicero could hardly be recognized as a great opponent to the triumvirs and in fact supported them in some legislation/activity). Thanks for the info, being I am still an infant, I do go back and try to read as many posts as I can. I don't look at the date, I just look at the subject. Are there more up to date ways of looking for certain topics? Sometimes, I just happen apon one and just start writing questions. Thanks again! I think you just have to look and pay attention. I was looking for some kind of filter, but there isn't one.
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    Rome Podcast

    Thank you for the heads up on this! I quite enjoyed this. Actually, you don't need itunes to listen: go to "The History Of Rome by Mike Duncan" at blogspot.com to listen online. http://thehistoryofrome.blogspot.com/ well there ya go,lol. Aren't they sweet?
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    Honesty Of Patricii Leaders during Early Republic

    Its sad that politicians have come to think that it should come to that, manipulation. I didn't think that those dinky Hill tribes would pose such a threat during that stage of Rome's expansion.
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    Yeap, and this was independent of Patrician/Plebian status of the politician/patron. there, that helps alot...I understood it as they were both connected. That made it confusing on how they worked together, but I guess they don't
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    so one could say this is the "downfall" of the Patricii. That once plebs were allowed to partipate using the clientela, they eventually moved into the political light? I read that Clientela were legally passed down from generation to generation, so I imagine that eventually it had to have been lost that a person came from plebian background. am I getting this right at all? I thought clientela was simply a quick favor type of system, but i'm finding its not.....
  14. I was listening to a Roman History podcast earlier today, and they were talking about in the early Republic, approx. 470-460 BC, and that Rome's biggest threat at the were the hill tribes surrounding Rome such as the Aquae and Vulshens(spelling obviously off, I apologize). The podcast went on to say that the actual threat level of these raiders were possibly fabricated by the Patricii for the Plebs, the question of honesty raised due to the record Rome had against the tribes, which was strikingly positive. My question would be, if this is true, would the reasoning behind this be plain and simple to keep the Plebs busy at war, or were there ulterior motives that the podcast didn't address
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    I understand what clientela's purpose was in Roman society, which was to enable Plebs to have "rights" through favors concerning legal, social and even economic matters, which were done by Patricii. Both were beneficial to each other, and in most circumstances, set a person's status higher. What I'm wondering, is by this "big brother" tactic that was formed, why did they even have statuses still? By a Clientela actually being lawful, whats the point of saying Pleb and Patricii? I guess I don't fully understand the need for both if as long as you have a clientela, your going to get what you need anyways?