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Claudia
Sat, Mar. 8th, 2003 01:16 pm
prisoners died under interrogation

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firni
firni
Some people play tennis, I erode the human soul
Sat, Mar. 8th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)

*cries*


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lothie
lothie
Ni Leannain
Sat, Mar. 8th, 2003 01:01 pm (UTC)

Yeah. I know. This is how the citizens of Rome must have felt when Tiberius began the blood baths. And Rome had hundreds of years left before they finally fell.


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wrog
wrog
wRog
Sat, Mar. 8th, 2003 06:46 pm (UTC)

Rome went up and down a lot; the late Republic had its share of bloodbaths, and there was a whole string of 2nd-century emperors who really had their act together. And if you count the eastern empire, Rome lasted well into the 1400s, though it probably wasn't a whole lot of fun once they finally went batshit-absolutist+Christian around 300 or so...

Nor is it clear how much the ordinary folks even noticed the transition to empire. Figure they were all happy the civil wars were over; so what if a bunch of random patricians were getting knocked off? Augustus was real careful to keep most of the Republican institutions and not accept any titles beyond "first citizen"; it's only when you took a close look and noticed that this one guy held 4 or 5 key jobs at the same time that you'd know something was amiss.

not that any of this makes me feel any better


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lothie
lothie
Ni Leannain
Sat, Mar. 8th, 2003 07:28 pm (UTC)

True enough, though as I recall from my Roman History Class days, things were never really the same again AFTER the transition to empire, even when they were "up". But it's true that I was making a very simplistic comparison.


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