Tex’s Update 13: Willkommen in Deutschland!

We thought we were going to learn about Phillip, who just became emperor. Gibbon had other ideas, so we learned about Zoroastrianism and Persians attacking Alexander Severus. Then, we thought we were going to learn about Persian nobles going to war against Rome, to decidedly bad results for Rome. Gibbon, again, has other ideas. ThisContinue reading “Tex’s Update 13: Willkommen in Deutschland!”

Tex’s Update 12: The Editors Strike Back

After singing my praises in the prior week… I must now return the compliment to @apluswake for holding the posting schedule down while I botched it this past week. Welcome back to ancient Rom… wait. If there is one thing Gibbon enjoys it is CONTEXT. Lots and lots of CONTEXT. Of course, context is important.Continue reading “Tex’s Update 12: The Editors Strike Back”

Tex’s Update #11: Too Many Emperors or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Empire’s Decline

Alexander Severus Maximin Gordian I Gordian II Maximus Balbinus Within the span of three years, all of these people were emperor or were declared to be emperor. And yet there was only one possible direction for Rome to go. Yep. Believe it or not, our emperor total is going to the moon. Gibbon delivers ChapterContinue reading “Tex’s Update #11: Too Many Emperors or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Empire’s Decline”

Tex’s Update 10: Buy 1 Emperor, Get 5 Free!

Alex makes a boo boo. A really big boo boo. Despite his relative success and general good-guyness, he eventually ran out of road when a would-be Conan the Barbarian decided he could be the head honcho. The result was… bloody and horrifying. How typical. Gibbon opens up with a hilarious monologue about the failings ofContinue reading “Tex’s Update 10: Buy 1 Emperor, Get 5 Free!”

Tex’s Update #9: YOLO vs. the Homeschool Kid

Here comes the sun. And the sun god. And a dude claiming the name of the sun god. This is turning into one giant stack of Russian Nesting Dolls. Picking up where we left off, the throne has, once again changed hands and, once again, did so under fairly usurpatious conditions. It is now theContinue reading “Tex’s Update #9: YOLO vs. the Homeschool Kid”

Tex’s Update #8: The Kids ARE NOT Alright.

I must once again apologize for the delay in this posting, HOWEVER… I am pleased to report my anticipation that this should be the final major posting delay from me! Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to read @apluswake‘s thoughts for this reading… but if you haven’t: click here. When we last left our intrepid Severus,Continue reading “Tex’s Update #8: The Kids ARE NOT Alright.”

Tex’s Update 7: Julian Has a Mid Life Crisis

He heard there was a great deal on a well cared for used yacht. His family said “go for it dad, it’ll be great!” He did. He got it. And he went home with his new yacht, really quite proud of himself. But then he had a moment of clarity: “wait… what in the worldContinue reading “Tex’s Update 7: Julian Has a Mid Life Crisis”

Texan’s Update #6: Oh, those Russians. Err, Romans.

Quick housekeeping:I should return to regularly scheduled musing soon. Nothing will mess with your schedule like Texas totally shutting down for a week. And for anyone wondering: yes, it is warmer now. Oh, you haven’t read @apluswake’s update for this week? Read it here. AND NOW… ROME! Gibbon gives us a rundown of Commodus, theContinue reading “Texan’s Update #6: Oh, those Russians. Err, Romans.”

Tex’s Update #5: George Lucas is a genius.

This post has been brought to you by the word cold. Used in a few sentences: Proud Texan is very cold because Texas power infrastructure is inferior. Other states don’t have these problems with the cold. Why is Texas cold? Hopefully you fine people were able to read @apluswake’s knockout post for this week. IfContinue reading “Tex’s Update #5: George Lucas is a genius.”

Tex’s Update #4: Rome is running on fumes.

Gibbon returns us to normal programming this week after last week’s WUT moments. After faceplanting on his rundowns of Roman slavery and religion, he moves to less controversial territories: public and private enterprise, imports and exports, roads… Infrastructure Week, Roman style! Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that. Roman temperament. Citizens’ viewsContinue reading “Tex’s Update #4: Rome is running on fumes.”

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