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    Question about the Map

    I bought the map, it is currently hanging in my room. If you are reading Livy, you need to have something like this because he names so many place names that are no longer used. I would also buy a detailed map of Roman Italy if one ever becomes available.
  2. Hi, a few years ago there was a thread where members would post their real names and one of the big contributors here would find the name of an actual Roman whose name contained the same letters or something along those lines. Does anyone remember the name of that thread?
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    Unique Aspects about Roman Astrology

    edit: I realize that I misread your original post, I will see if there is anything else I can find. I actually know very little about astrology so this is good practice. So your question is how does the modern practice of astrology differ from those of ancient Rome? My initial search brought up many articles discussing the relationship between astrology and Roman politics. Apparently astrologers were expelled from Rome several times. Astrology in Roman Law and Politics by Frederick Cramer in 1954 seems to be a well-respected work on the subject. I would imagine it is very dry and scholarly but it might be a good read and answer some of your questions. A History of Western Astrology Volume I: The Ancient and Classical Worlds by Nicholas Campion is available at Amazon.com and looks like it might answer some of your questions. Volume II covers "The Medieval and Modern Worlds". The following is a short excerpt from a long encyclopedia article which lists some sources that may help answer your question. I believe Pliny is freely available online, so you might want to look at that. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Plin.+Nat.+toc&redirect=true
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    Roman attitudes to the past

    In my opinion, it doesn't really matter how historical those stories are. What was important was the message. Even from the little I have read it is very obvious that the Romans had very little respect for the sacredness of life. It says right in Genesis that we were created in God's image, and therefore are sacred. I am sure Caecilius could elaborate on that idea. I would not say that Christianity is perfect, but I do believe it planted a seed that has grown over time. Humanity is still far from perfect but at least we no longer are killing each other for sport.
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    Win a Roma Victrix Beaker

    I want the Roma Victrix Beaker @UNRV http://bit.ly/romavictrix
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    Happy Birthday Ursus

    You learn quite a bit by lurking here. Happy Birthday.
  7. Here is one completely done in palindromes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nej4xJe4Tdg
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    Why are you interested in Rome?

    Well its actually a long story. In 10th grade we all had to read the play Julius Caesar. I thought he was a very interesting character and so I started doing my own research. In 2000 our Catholic youth group went to Rome for World Youth Day and I got to see the ruins in person. Unfortunately since the group had a religious focus I did not get the opportunity to see nearly as much as I would have liked. I have been so busy lately that I have not really had the time to indulge this hobby. Once I have got my career established I will hopefully have more spare time for things like this.
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    Your Hidden Roman Name

    An owner of public latrines... Well at least I am not the one who has to clean them.
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    Your Hidden Roman Name

    Pretty neat. Here is mine. Male please. PrptcyhHnecaErkeltir
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    Where does the Byzantine Empire begin?

    I am surprised no one mentioned religion. Religion has to be at least as significant as language when it comes to defining culture. After Constantine Paganism was officially suppressed. Wasn't it 394 AD when the Sacred Flame of Vesta was put out and the Temples were looted?
  12. I think it has to do with how we like to root for the underdog and the fact that the Romans were very rarely the underdog. That and the fact that all good films have good villains.
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    Abandoning Rome as capital city

    I have a few questions on this subject. When the emperors moved out of Rome, how much of the imperial bureaucracy did they take with them? And how many people did the government employ to begin with and what percentage of the population would that have been?
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    Learning Latin

    There is a free online Latin class on the internet. He uses an old textbook which is in the public domain. I think he explains the material pretty well. So far he has completed 37 lectures out of 73. For anyone trying to learn Latin on their own this would probably be a good place to start although the author does appear to speak Latin with a Southern accent. http://linneyslatinclass.com/
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    Latin Wikipedia

    I am not sure if any of you have seen this but I think it is pretty neat. I am a first year student in Latin. Can anyone tell me if the articles here are grammatically correct? Thanks.