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According to, the emperor Antoninus Pius commemorated Rome's nine-hundredth anniversary on this date.

I researched Antoninus Pius in high school for a Western Civ. project on finding and campaigning for a Roman historical figure to save it from collapsing. The groups who chose Julius Caesar and Cicero did not win. Our group, in fact, reigned triumphant out of eleven or so teams in total. Our choice of candidate appears by many accounts a sedate and even boring man, compared to the more lavish or ambitious rulers. What marks Anoninus Pius as someone to be further researched is the peace and prosperity during his reign. Originally a safe choice for my group, I began to like this unlikely leader, who maintained Rome for twenty-three years. In contrast, another emperor I fancy was assassinated after four years at the throne, the tide led by his own grandmother.

Boring as Antoninus Pius might be compared to other emperors, one does not remain in power for so long while doing nothing. His choice of building projects and public assistance characterized him as a moderate ruler, someone mild and a homebody, though that term seems ridiculous to apply to a Roman emperor. It takes work and as much active planning for things to run smoothly as it does to orchestrate elaborate ceremonies and building projects.

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius has this to say about his adoptive father:
"Take care that thou art not made into a Caesar, that thou art not dyed with this dye; for such things happen. Keep thyself then simple, good, pure, serious, free from affectation, a friend of justice, a worshipper of the gods, kind, affectionate, strenuous in all proper acts. Strive to continue to be such as philosophy wished to make thee. Reverence the gods, and help men. Short is life. There is only one fruit of this terrene life,--a pious disposition and social acts. Do everything as a disciple of Antoninus. Remember his constancy in every act which was conformable to reason, and his evenness in all things, and his piety, and the serenity of his countenance, and his sweetness, and his disregard of empty fame, and his efforts to understand things; and how he would never let anything pass without having first most carefully examined it and clearly understood it; and how he bore with those who blamed him unjustly without blaming them in return; how he did nothing in a hurry; and how he listened not to calumnies, and how exact an examiner of manners and actions he was; and not given to reproach people, nor timid, nor suspicious, nor a sophist; and with how little he was satisfied, such as lodging, bed, dress, food, servants; and how laborious and patient; and how he was able on account of his sparing diet to hold out to the evening; and his firmness and uniformity in his friendships; and how he tolerated freedom of speech in those who opposed his opinions; and the pleasure that he had when any man showed him anything better; and how religious he was without superstition. Imitate all this, that thou mayest have as good a conscience, when thy last hour comes, as he had."

Date: 2009-04-21 03:57 pm (UTC)
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So I fail at finding the "Epicurus The Sage" quote I was looking for, but I did find Prometheus The Comic.

Does that count?

Date: 2009-04-21 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed that. :)

Also, one webcomic I've liked since high school, The Pantheon ( is back up after the domain expired some time ago. Ah, I've missed it.


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