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Meet the Romans

Playboys get themselves an empire

With her ability to read between the lines and sense of realism, Mary Beard makes history interesting. She describes the legend of Romulus and Remus and its relevance to the development Rome, a city and state founded on bloodshed. Perhaps in no other time has human brutality ever been eclipsed yet the model of governance espoused by Augustus rules the world today.

Mary describes Rome as a city that takes what it wants and gives very little in return although in the modern era we tend to think that we got our language from Latin, good roads and an education system. But the Romans had no altruistic ideas, medicine was developed to serve the army

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Pan, The God of Joy

A God of gaiety and joy

Published on: 5 Sep 2013 updated 01-2019 The most famous image of Pan is of him running through the hills and fields playing his ‘pan pipes’ and seducing every female which serves to warm hearts and loins.

Pan is known for his wit, charm and sexual prowess and he is often depicted with an erect phallus. Diogenes of Sinope, speaking in jest, related a myth of Pan learning masturbation from his father, Hermes, and teaching the habit to shepherds.

Pan’s greatest conquest was that of the moon goddess Selene. He accomplished this by wrapping himself in a sheepskin to hide his hairy black goat form, and drew her down from the sky into the

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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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Ancient Rome

Writing, a driving force in Western Civilisation

As I’ve written a bit on our past as divining who we are today, this is a significant point to recollect writes Maarit-Johanna @ Literature and Culture Writes

Imperial Rome was saturated with writing. The city was covered with public inscriptions: on altars at street crossings, on sarcophagi, on public monuments and on boundary markers. The everyday administration of the far-flung empire required a growing class of legal, military and bureaucratic personnel, who produced a constant flow of documentation. At the height of the empire, rudimentary literacy was common even among the plebeian class. The graffiti that survive at Ostia, Pompeii and Herculaneum suggest the presence of a large class

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An Ode to Pan

The delight of many hearts

Pan by Gerald Metcalfe

The popular concept of Pan is that of a very happy, flute playing, charming and fornicating character who some think may be related to Krishna in India.

It is said that the has the horns of a devil, a grin that will charm your pants off and the music he plays on this Pan pipe entice your feet to dance and your spirit to rejoice.

His torso is that of a strong virile man, but his legs are more animal in nature and he has cloven hooves instead of human feet.

His male appendage is like that of the Greek God Priapus, substantial and always ready. He was

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Christian History

The development and sale of an idea

There is no doubt that Christianity evolved out of Judaism and that Jesus was a Jew. In the years following his death, there were many sects of Christ’s followers who hearkened to elements of his teaching and attempted to follow his advice.

Before then the Jews renamed the Hindu Idea of God Brahma so we get the one and only creator.

These groups or followers of Christ which eventually became known as Christians remained a thorn in the side of the establishment, but they soon spread despite a great deal of persecution.

Jesus had shared some great teachings providing new values for a peaceful and purposeful life which the authorities appreciated, after

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Priapus

A male fertility god

Priapus

The History and Following of the Greek God Priapus

The Greek God Priapus is depicted with an extremely large penis and he is notably remembered by the graphic representations within art. Some say he has an influence on the male fascination with the idea of an enlarged penis.

Who was Priapus?

The son of Aphrodite and Dionysus, myth suggests that Priapus was cursed by the Goddess Hera as punishment for his mother’s beauty. Refused admittance by the other Gods to Mount Olympus and forced to live amongst shepherds, it was Priapus’s frustration at being impotent that first led to his enlarged penis becoming permanently erect.

Destined to be impotent, ugly and foul-minded, Priapus

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