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Ave UNRV family! I have a question that has been bothering me for years. For those of you whom I haven't met yet, I am writing a series about Quintus Sertorius, the famous Marian general who led a rebellion against the Sullan government. More recently, however, I've begun a spinoff series from the POV of Gaius Marius, detailing his early life which hasn't been addressed often enough in fiction. So far the only book in the series "Son of Mars" details his youth and service in Spain under Scipio Aemilianus, and it's time for the next installment. As I move forward, there is a nagging question which I have to answer. How did Marius feel about Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus? He obviously displayed a tendency for Populare politics later on in his career, but at this time he worshipped the ground that Scipio Aemilianus walked on. The latter was brother-in-law to the Gracchi brothers, but also vehemently opposed them, leaving a muddy picture for how Marius may have looked on these revolutionaries. What do you think? I'm not sure there are many sources detailing Marius' personal thoughts of these two men, or his activities during this time, but I'd love to hear your input. Thanks, guys! Vincent B. Davis II
LuciusCurtius posted a topic in ColosseumGreetings, I have been peripherally involved in a new organization called the Roman Republic (http://www.romanrepublic.org). This is a non-profit organization which is looking at promoting living the Roman way and restoring ancient Roman culture within a modern context. Basically, this organization supports, Latinists, reenactment, scholars / historians, those interested in ancient religion, and the casual Rome enthusiast. This organization wants to help bring these different people together for they can add the best elements of Roman history to their modern lives. One of the most exciting things this organization is doing is bringing Rome related groups together. For example, an independent reenactment legion can form a collegium within the Roman Republic. Similarly, a Latin language group or another Roman club can form a collegium. The organization has a points system which rewards activity and community building. These points can be traded between groups (collegia) to facilitate cooperation and activity. Personally, I think this idea holds some potential. We shall see. Similarly, the organization has founded an open source school called Academia Minervalis. This online resource aims to teach Roman history for free to members. I think this could also flourish and holds potential. The group is just getting started up. It launched on March 1, 2016, and it currently has over one-hundred members. I think some here might find this group of interest. The address is http://www.RomanRepublic.org
Aurelia posted a topic in Res PublicaI got 7 out of 10 - not too shabby. Granted, many questions are just common knowledge. Take the quiz here.