Anna’s Update 9: rich kids of ancient rome

There’s a stylish new emperor in town, he’s assumed the throne under the ruling name of his favorite god, and his top priority is … better ketchup. No, really. This week’s installment brought to you by the letter Chapter 6 Part 3 To return briefly to the last section of Gibbon I covered, he writes,Continue reading “Anna’s Update 9: rich kids of ancient rome”

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.”

Anna’s Update 8: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

I could apply this title to every update, tbh. #historyiscyclical Welcome back! When we last left Severus, he was busy uprooting any restraint to his unchecked power over every branch of government. It seems like several of his predecessors had already done this, making you wonder what checks or balances were left; but every timeContinue reading “Anna’s Update 8: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

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”

Anna’s Update 7: for sale — one empire, falling apart

When we last left our “heroes” of the Praetorian Guard, they were staring at the steaming remains of Emperor Pertinax, with it slowly dawning in their thick heads that the empire needed a new figurehead fast, or they’d shortly be even worse off than they were under Pertinax’s austerity budget. But first, we examine inContinue reading “Anna’s Update 7: for sale — one empire, falling apart”

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.”

Anna’s Update 6: an emperor you can’t refuse

In case you didn’t catch it from last week, Texan may be frozen stiff in the wake of #Snowpocalypse2021, but his last blog entry was fire. Be sure to check our Twitter account for some local relief efforts that you can donate to if able. I gotta tell ya, I did not expect the D&FContinue reading “Anna’s Update 6: an emperor you can’t refuse”

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.”

Anna’s Update 5: if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em

Chapter 3 Part 1 Gibbon starts with a cheerful reminder that having too much power concentrated in one person is bad, throwing a little shade at religion while he’s at it. Wenck and Milman protest. To be fair to Eddie G, he leaves religion alone after taking his one shot, and proceeds to make aContinue reading “Anna’s Update 5: if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em”

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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