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About M. Porcius Cato

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  • Birthday 03/15/1973

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    509 BCE - 14 CE

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  1. M. Porcius Cato

    Ager publicus

    Why don't you post it here?
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    Land Ownership

    Ave, Licinius Stolo! What is the most convincing recent interpretation of the lex Sempronia that you have read?
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    Art: Gaius Marius amid the Ruins of Carthage

    LOL. Leave to Aaron Burr to look to Marius for inspiration!
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    Art: Gaius Marius amid the Ruins of Carthage

    It's a great concept for a book -- I'd eagerly purchase it. Did you already choose the paintings and get the rights to reproduce them?
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    What books DON'T you want to see?

    Helen of Troy. One bio is enough.
  6. M. Porcius Cato

    Total War: Rome II

    Speaking for myself, I always loved wiping the Julii off the face of the earth.
  7. M. Porcius Cato

    Rome's "Civil Rights Movement"

    I wouldn't consider Alaric to be a civil rights leader. There's a fundamental difference between fighting for the rights of your tribe and fighting for human rights per se. Alaric sought merely to transfer oppression from his group to another group. In this, he was much like Spartacus, who sought to liberate many slaves, but who did not fight (like the Abolitionists of the 19th C.) to end slavery everywhere. That's a crucial difference. Now, there was a hugely important civil rights movement in Roman history -- and that was the movement seeking civil rights for plebeians. The leaders of this movement, by the way, weren't merely seeking the right to stand for office for their particular families, but for all plebeians, and they didn't do it by trying to take away the rights of patricians to seek office too. So, if you're looking for a Roman civil rights hero, I'd nominate Publicola and M. Curius Dentatus over Alaric any day.
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    Index to ancient writings?

    My favorite index is HERE
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    Monotheism from the Ashes of Julius Caesar

    Give me a break -- I'm an atheist, and I don't believe in the cult of Jesus. After your Statue of Liberty bunk, however, I now believe in trolls.
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    Monotheism from the Ashes of Julius Caesar

    The Temples of the Caesar Cult where the first to be replaced with the Jesus Cult, so Christian Church are thus built upon the Caesar Cult,. Now you're just making up "facts" to suit your argument, aren't you? Can you provide any corroborating evidence for this claim? When exactly did the Temple to the Divine Julius in Rome (or anywhere else) serve as a Christian church? If you've been to the Forum, you certainly are aware that it's not a church today. According to most sources on the history of the Jesus cult, the first churches were those in the homes of Christians. Indeed, Romans heaped scorn on early Christians for viewing their temples as houses of the dead -- which would make it bizarre for them to appropriate Caesar's temple as their very first church. Indeed, even the first churches in Rome itself don't appear until the fourth century CE, long after the original Temple to the Divine Julius had been destroyed.
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    Monotheism from the Ashes of Julius Caesar

    Actually, I did discuss some of your points. Specifically, I pointed out that two of the coins that you reproduced to show a "pattern" linking Caesar to Christ were actually coins depicting Octavian and Lentulus. I'm waiting for a reply on that. While you're at it, maybe you can also provide some evidence that Romans ever saw Caesar as on par with Jupiter, rather than on par with, say, Robigus, the god of mildew. More importantly, however (and this is the source of my schizophrenia crack), is that your reasoning (like that of schizophrenics) is consistently specious, with arguments of the invalid form, "A is C; B is C; therefore, A is B". By this reasoning, you could argue for anything: "Julius Caesar is a featherless biped; Jesus Christ is a featherless biped; A plucked chicken is a featherless biped; therefore, Julius Caesar and Jesus Christ are plucked chickens." This isn't just a parody, here's an example of what I'm talking about: Yes, Invictus was an epithet for Caesar, as well as many others before and after him. You might as well argue that since Invictus was a title for Probus, that "Probus Invictus" is really "Julius Caesar as Probus". After all, they were both Romans, both vested with imperium, both featherless bipeds, ad nauseum. If this weren't bad enough, there's the totally biased comparisons: Again, this "pattern" is totally illusory. The number of rays depicted with Sol Invictus simply isn't fixed at seven. Sometimes, he's depicted with more, sometimes less. Why not suppose that when he's depicted with 11 rays, that it's a shout out to Caesar's bete noir Sulla, whose games were celebrated in the 11th month. Or when he's depicted with 6 rays, it's a shout out to Caesar's assassin, M. Junius Brutus. Rather than looking for "patterns" of symbols that support your argument, could you present some logically valid evidence that the source of the Jesus cult had any causal connection to the Caesar cult?
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    Monotheism from the Ashes of Julius Caesar

    This is one of the strangest series of posts to occur in the Res Publica forum -- it's one image after another with absolutely no historical context provided to constrain its bizarre reasoning. A couple quick points. First, many of the coins supposedly depicting Caesar do not. Some are of Octavian, others are actually Caesar's political enemies (e.g., Lentulus Niger). Second, there's no attempt above to bother with chronology, which is actually a pretty useful framework for understanding history. When you pay attention to little things like chronology, the connection between Caesar's comet and the star of David (not mentioned until over 1000 years after Caesar's comet) becomes pretty tenuous. Finally, there is good medication for schizophrenia, but it requires regular use.
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    voting in Rome

    Neocicero's view--that the Senate of the Middle Republic was responsible for huge plantations popping up in the public lands, thereby driving small-holders out of agriculture and into the arms of poverty, politics, and populares--is a respectable one that was nicely argued by Brunt several decades ago. Why should we believe this view? The only empirical support for it comes from historians--like the Appian and Plutarch cited by Neocicero--who were urban Greeks with little knowledge of how Italian agriculture worked and who lived centuries after the alleged transformation of the Italian countryside. Insofar as we can check the authenticity of their claims, the archaeological record appears to flatly contradict them. That is, archaeologists find that during the middle Republic, the buildings and infrastructure of the latifundia continuously co-exist and grow together with the same buildings and infrastructure of the small-holdings. So, the question is--what is more convincing to you about the true conditions of the middle Republic? The dramatic narrative of Greek historians, or the physical record left by the actual subjects of those cloistered Greeks? For me, the archaeological record makes vastly more sense, even within the context of what the Greek historians otherwise wrote, and even more sense within the context of what was written by those with much better of knowledge of the Italian countryside, like (paleo) Cicero and Cato the Elder. These Roman sources certainly do not give out the view that the Italian countryside had been denuded of anything but chattel slavery and cash crops. Rather, we see the native sons of Italy prospering in trades and agriculture beside more prosperous farms, and when they travel to Rome, they do not join the popluares but resist them. Neocicero, if you want to understand Italian farms, I think you'd be better off looking to the writings of your namesake and his countrymen than to those of Greek city-boys!
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    Cicero's Involvement in Caesar's Assassination

    Were you thinking of his defense of Sextus Roscius or his prosecution of Verres? In either case, you're right: Cicero had plenty of courage as a young man.
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    Cato's Love Triangle.

    I'd raised this topic in an earlier post. An excellent article on the same topic can be found HERE. As with many topics in history, it's helpful to pay attention to the timeline. When Marcia was returning to Cato's household, Cato was leaving Italy for war. Rather than there being anything particularly salacious about the event, it's actually very boring. Cato's children with Marcia needed looking after while Cato was gone, and Marcia looked after them in his absence. Did Cato's enemies figure out how to spin this into fodder for scandal? Of course. In fact, the Romans were awfully good at spinning facts to make their political opponents look foolish and to make themselves look like... oh i don't know... maybe the descendent of Venus?