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  1. lothia

    Senator selection

    Thank you very much. Appreciate the reference.
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    Senator selection

    Ave Civitas, During the period, AD 390 - 410, how were members of the Senate selected, inducted, and given a seat in the senate? Is there a source, text?, that would be available to a pauper like me that could enlighten me on the process? Again, thank you in advance.
  3. Sir, I tried to find a copy of that month's issue and cannot. Any ideas where to look?
  4. That is true, Rome rotted away. Take a week or so and read "Corruption and the Decline of Rome" by MacMullen. You will see some parallels.
  5. I have just published my first Historical Fiction - Bandit King - Volume I: Promotus - AD 391. [ISBN 9 781979 789295] I first want to extend my warmest thanks for all the help I received here at UNRV in the research of my book and its time period. It is the first in a series following the life / career of Alaric the Goth (AD 391 - 410). The book is free (kindle edition only, I think) from 6 - 10 January, 2020. I would appreciate your comments and opinions. It is, of course fiction, but I tried to keep the setting as historically accurate as I could. The only failing I had was trying to create the Goth's culture since so much as disappeared in the last 16 centuries. Thank you for taking the time to read it. Lothia
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    A city's Pomerium

    When you write senate, you are not referring to the duoviri, right? Every city had their own government, or do I misunderstand?
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    A city's Pomerium

    Thank you for your reply. Perhaps pomerium was not the right word and it belongs only to the city of Rome. But it seems reasonable that the others cities would have (or want to have) some administrative or pecuniary control or influence on the areas surrounding a city. Again, thanks for your response.
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    A city's Pomerium

    Ave Civitas,I understand that some cities had a Pomerium and it extended beyond the original city walls.I believe that Rome was not the only city with a pomerium.I am imagining the ciy limits and the pomerium limits to be similar to the German Stadtkreis and Landkreis.My question is:If some cities had the pomerium, was there a restriction on which cities had them?How far beyond the city proper would the pomeriuim extend?I assume that there were unincorporated lands between one city's pomerium and another city's pomerium?Then I know there were imperial lands controlled by bureaus in the capitols. but what about the unincorporated lands that did not fall under the city or the emperor. They must have fallen under someone's jurisdiction. Would that be the provincial governor's authority that encompassed the unincorporated lands or were there smaller governmental offices within the province?Thank you all in advanceTom
  9. Ave Civitas,I have a question about gifting.Now-a-days is it proper for a guest to bring a gift to a host when invited (to dinner, perhaps).Was it proper during the Later Roman Empire (4th-5th century) for the guest to bring a gift to a host when invited, or for the host to present a gift when a guest arrived?And what if the guest is a client of the host? Would that change protocol?Again, thank you in advance.
  10. Ave Civitas,Doing research for my novel, I ran across an interesting and informative article on Accute pain management in the Roman army.[ http://www.apicareonline.com/acute-pain-...oman-army/ ]ABSTRACT Ancient warfare involved hostilities between, among or within city-states, clans, tribes, chieftaincies, ethnic groups, empires, or with other organized collectives, by means of armed force. Periodic warfare is universal in time and place. Its causes are many and complex, but unquestionably involve microcosmic and macrocosmic factors. Organized violence causes pain, suffering and death among combatants. The Romans forged a medical system that surpassed the medical systems of most of the enemies that the Romans fought. The Roman military staff employed rapid medical treatment of wounds on the battlefield and at field hospitals, including analgesics to increase the speed of recovery. This treatment acted as a force multiplier to give an advantage in war. The alleviation of pain through the use of analgesics was a major factor in allowing minimally and moderately wounded soldiers to return to the battlefield as soon as possible. Key words: analgesic, immediate medical care, combat medicine.Editor, “APICARE”60-A, Nazim-u-Din Road, F-8/4Islamabad,44000, PakistanTom
  11. I am looking for information on Seleucia Pierea for a novel I am writing, circa AD 390. I am seeking descriptions of the city and area surrounding it. I would appreciate maps. I once found one years ago that showed the run of the city's walls and major buildings, but I cannot find it again. Link: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/draw/?zoom=8&center=36.123889,35.921944&marker=Seleucia Pieria Is the area, according to Google, but, if you zoom in, the harbor there does not seem to be in the area of the original harbor. The original Roman harbor has silted shut. The harbor I find on map searches does not appear to be near a river, so I am wondering if the original harbor was south of the present one. The closest river is the Orontes, but it is six miles south. There is a channel, that looks man-made, about 1 1/2 miles south. Perhaps that was the original course of the Orontes. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  12. lothia

    coinage abbreviations

    I am writing a novel that features the emperor Eugenius. I am looking at an image of the solidus struck in Mediolanum and trying to understand the words along its edge. DN EVGENI-VS P F AVG I assume the EVGENIVS is his name. I also assume the AVG is "Augustus" The "P" I think is Pius. The "DN" is Dominus Noster and the "F" is filius. but filius, being -son- is not followed by a father's name or should it be considered to mean "the rightful successor? Anyone know what name should have followed the "F"?
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    The sudden death of Alaric

    I always look for cause and effect. Although Alaric was an effective general and commander, once he was in Italy his efforts stagnated. He couldn't storm the walls of Rome, I don't think he wanted to. He couldn't get the emperor to pay his troops. I think maybe his army was losing confidence in him. Then, when someone opens the gates to the city he limits the looting to secular buildings reducing the loot the army could have gotten. Next, Alaric decides he is moving to Africa. Down south he marches his army, gathers a fleet and then the fleet gets destroyed in a storm. Instead of giving up on Africa, he starts gathering more ships. Then, boom! He is dead. I smells pretty suspicious of assassination.
  14. Ave, Just ran across an on-line article from "Academia.edu Weekly Digest" that might be interesting to some readers. Tom
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    Thank you. Very informative and helpful response. Tom