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 #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”

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.”

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.”

Anna’s Update 4: “but who would build the roads?”

Chapter 2 Part 3 Once again, Gibbon leads by describing how utterly perfect the Roman empire was as a civil institution. I am of a similar mind as one of Texan’s observations last week: that Gibbon may have been trying to paint so rosy a picture of Rome that he was not above heavy whitewashingContinue reading “Anna’s Update 4: “but who would build the roads?””

Tex’s Update #3: A Tale of Two Gibbons, aka the Miss Representation Pageant

Hoo boy. For this week, Gibbon takes the reader on a journey through the fabric of Roman society. On the surface, we’re looking at religion and art and the citizenry… but the theme of the first two portions of Chapter 2 is actually control. From the opiate of the masses presentation of religion, to theContinue reading “Tex’s Update #3: A Tale of Two Gibbons, aka the Miss Representation Pageant”

Anna’s Update 3: polite dinnertime conversation

Texan observed recently that a greater portion of this work than he had anticipated is footnotes. This week, I have more reason to agree than ever. Many of the notes are Gibbon’s, so we’re not too distracted by external commentary, but still. When the note is at least as long as the amount of regularContinue reading “Anna’s Update 3: polite dinnertime conversation”

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