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  1. Who is your favourite Roman God or Godsess? I'd have to go for Fortuna, Goddess of luck. Second would be Artemis (Greek) Goddess.
  2. Mine is Proffessor Keith Hopkins. My favourite ancient historian is Tacitus.
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    Request a favour

    Can someone with the second season and some basic technical knowledge do me a favour and get a few screen caps of Antony's tattoo in the final episode? As detailed as possible if you would be so kind, thanks in advance if someone can do this.
  4. Using the powers of the internet, find an old photo of your home town. This is where I live, Whitley Bay
  5. This came up on a general chat forum that I frequent. The guy who asked it didn't seem to think they did all that much, I would like to prove him wrong, but I can't come up with many specific examples. Some things written by other people - -Sewerage system, schooling, aquaducts I thought - -Hadrians wall, protecting the tribes from marauding Scots -Effective coinage/currency (not too sure what currency was like in pre-Roman Britain) -Better farming (irrigation etc) -Military reform? (Probably not, I think the British tribes didn't learn all that much) -Public hygene (again though, I'm not to sure what the standards were in Btittania) Any help much appreciated.
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    Flame Warriors!

    Name your personal archeotype, and nominate others too! (all in good humour of course). http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/index.htm I think everyone here has a high percentage of "Philosopher" in them Unlike Profundus Maximus, Philosopher can actually be quite knowledgeable on a variety of subjects. Somewhat humorless and aloof, he is also slow to anger, and when he deigns to join in the fray he is considerate of other opinions. His fighting tactics are direct and uncomplicated - he smothers the opposition with his ponderous and lengthy cogitations. Only the strongest and most patient Warriors can survive an extended battle with Philosopher. Given my postings in the Imperial measurements thread, I think I'm "Tireless rebutter" (when I have the time and inclination of course) For Tireless Rebutter there is no such thing as a trivial dispute. He regards all challenges as barbarians at the gates. His unflagging tenacity in making his points numbs and eventually wears down the opposition. Confident that his arguments are sound, Tireless Rebutter can't understand why he is universally loathed. I'd like to nominate RonPrice as an "Artiste", as I don't have a clue what his poems signify, but they seem to be at the crux of most of his posts. My personal favourite though, would have to be "Artful Dodger" Check out the moves on this geek!
  7. I've just got hold of a very nice book entitled "The age of Fuedalism - 336-1300". It really is a gem of a book (whoever said the dark ages weren't all that dark was right. Although it's a little different to what I'd normally read, more religion and less war than normal, it is fascinating). Anyway, what does Fuedalism have to do with the Roman military? Well, one of the passages in the first section says that Rome's Achille's heal was the cavalry - they simply could not compete with the horse-driven Germanic invaders. I know that Roman cavalry was once thought of as quite primitive(sp), the lack of stirrups being one major factor in this. However, it has been proven that the saddle design they used was sufficiently effective that they could function adequately without stirrups. I believe that Romans still didn't employ cavalry en mass though (I may be wrong). This got me thinking, can any of the experts point to battles towards the end of the Western Empire where the Legions were defeated as a direct result of insufficient cavalry use? Does anyone agree with the author of Fuedalism, that it was their major weakness? (I am as yet undecided). There were also other interesting statements about vikings and such, which raised some questions in my mind, I'll post them in "After hours" later.
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    Request a favour

    Excellent! Thankyou very much.
  9. What is your favourite mythical beast / monster? (From Greek or Roman mythology). Mine is the Minotaur. The intelligence of a man, the savage aspect of a beast. A close second would be the Talos.
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    Happy Birthday Augustus Caesar!

    Belated happy returns. Chances are fair that I sank a Broon that day, so all is well.
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    Hbo Rome Second Season

    I just watched the final episode and I enjoyed this season more then the last. I thought that the historical accuracy was suspect (as with the first season) and the sexual elements too graphic and frequent, but the drama was more interesting and the cinematography was also better this time.
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    Top 10 Discoveries of 2006

    I liked the Brazilian Stonehenge the most, but there are several nice discoveries on the list.
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    Smoking ban in England

    Thank you Ramses! Okay Bacon is chemically altered. Pickles and Saurkraut are too! but Nitrates aren't the point. The point is Trans Fats. Mcdonalds can definitely switch too natural saturated fats with an increase in cost. Similar to how properly FDA inspected meat costs more! I think you are missing "the point". The point is not trans fats, or nitrates, or tobacco, it is oppressive, dictatorial, government control (a less emotive and more accurate definition of fascism than "someone sticking a gun to your head", which is entirely inadequate). I'm still in favour of a ban on smoking.
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    Smoking ban in England

    I had a discussion about smoking in public on another forum a few days ago. I think it's a tad hypocritical to ban smoking in public but still allow all of the other nasty stuff that adversely affects the health of others (driving being a major thing). As an ex-smoker that occasionally relapses, I am all in favour of this ban. It is usually on a night of drinking that my willpower crumbles and I buy a packet. Doesn't happen too often these days, but hopefully it won't happen again after July.
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    The All-Time 100 Best Albums

    I guess this is a poll of American music fans or something right? (Hank Williams! Never heard his stuff, but I'd put money on it not being the best album ever). I'm glad to see 'Kid A' in the top tier though. That's the actual best album ever, there's really no room for objectivity either, it's the best (actually, ok computer or the bends could also take that title). Hmm, looking again, it seems there's no actual order of greatness, which is a bit of a cop out to say the least. Ignore my cynicism about Hank Williams, I guessh he has a claim to be on the list. No Morrissey/Smiths, no Damon Albarn, Paul Weller, absolutely no House music at all, and I'm also quite fond of The Killers too. That list is garbage. I've just wasted 2 minutes of my life.
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    Saddam to hang

    What do you think of the death penalty? I think it's kind of barbaric myself. Anyway, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to hang to death. I wonder what the consequences will be.
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    Saddam to hang

    I was also going to chime in on a similar note but decided that it wasn't worth the time it would have taken to form the argument, so thanks to everyone who has done so, suffice to say I agree.
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    Mistakes In Hbo's Rome

    I think this thread has been done before.
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    Saddam to hang

    Frankly after personally seeing some of the savagery that animal and his cohorts commited in Iraq and Kuwait in '91 and '03/04 drawing and quartering the SOB over a series of hours would be humane. When you're tending to thousands of Kurdish refugees in shock about losing many in their family and their homes in gas attacks because they couldn't run from their villages fast enough or seeing people dig up bones in a graveyard of 10,000 Shia to identify loved ones killed by Saddam's security forces you tend to lose that glossy idealism about the sanctity of every human life. I would never dream of suggesting that Saddam's life is sacred. My objection to capital punishment has nothing to do with the subject, I'd agree that a lot of people do deserve to die. My objection has more to do with the state of a society that is willing to carry out the execution. But my objections aren't really very strong, I wouldn't be annoyed with anyone that has a different view.
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    Saddam to hang

    What is the message though? It's either "There's a chance you could end up like this" or "We're animals, this is what we do, it's ok for you to do this too", I think it's the second message.
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    Worst Roman Punishment?

    I read about a fairly sadistic one in a book about the arena last week. On condemned criminal would be given a sword and put into the arena with an unarmed criminal, it would be his job to pass sentence. The unarmed man would obviously flee until he was run down and stabbed to death. The executioner would then be force to relinquish his weapon, and another condemned man would take the weapon, at which point the process would begin again. This was obviously more entertaining some standard executions. I thought it seemed quite sadistic for some reason, even compared to other rather more grizzly methods of execution.
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    What Profession?

    A catamite? No, but seriously, possibly a slave trader.
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    It's Official

    Large cars, stetson hats, gun crime. Don't forget the Marshall Plan. Or 1939-41.
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    It's Official

    Large cars, stetson hats, gun crime.
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    It's Official

    Secure borders is one way, but hard to achieve. Another, rather Orwellian method, would be to create an ID system with biometrics etc (a massive undertaking but they are planning this in the UK, at a cost of