History and Collapse of the Roman Empire

Empires are unsustainable

It was only a short time ago in evolutionary terms that Rome was simply a small city-state with no more significance than any other state in the region. Perhaps it happened that traders from India, Persia, Greece and North Africa passed through Rome seeded new ideas that some early Romans turned their minds to trade, usery and the accumulation of power? But its is clear they borrowed heavily from the Greeks in developing a hierarchical social structure, military techniques, arts and culture.

As Rome’s power grew, it absorbed neighbouring states until it controlled the entire Mediterranean region making it as most history books tell us was the world’s greatest empire.

This is not exactly true, long

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Only in Italy

Passion in politics

Mary Elena Bosch, an Italian politician and lawyer who, since 22 February 2014, has served as Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with the Parliament, delegated to the implementation of the Government Programme in the government of Matteo Renzi.

Apparently this cleverly manipulated backside photo became an internet sensation for a while.

The original image – in some countries, you’d get in trouble for this and she deserves credit for being a good sport as well as a competent politician.

Passionate Naples

A saucy tale

This vacation was turning out to be a disaster, no, that wasn’t quite right, more like a big disappointment, but however you described it, Melinda was wishing that she was back home in the states rather than being alone in even such an exotic location as Naples.

The food was great, the sights were even better, but she was just so damned lonely she could hardly stand it, because after having lived with Josh for the past three years, their break up had almost crushed her spirit. Her best friend Lorie had recommended taking a long European vacation to take her mind off of her troubles, but while she should have been enjoying herself, all she could

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The worlds sexiest celebrations

“From the grand street parades of Brazil to the masked balls in Italy, Carnival is a global phenomenon celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. Carnival originated as a pagan festival in ancient Egypt, to usher out winter and celebrate the beginning of spring. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, the Ancient Greeks adopted the festival.

The Romans assimilated the festival from the Greeks, and it was later overlaid with Christian meaning to become the festival of “Carne Vale” The word, “carne” means “meat” in Latin and “vale”, means “farewell”. In the Catholic calendar “carne vale” – farewell to meat, is a feast before the fast of Lent. In 18th century Italy, people preparing for

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