As someone who likes to look for historical parallels, it’s only natural that I’d have the rash break out that I get every few years or so; a burning desire to read up a bit more on ancient Rome.  No, it’s not that I think our own nation is about to fall as Rome did – far from it.  What’s far more interesting to me are the times when Rome was right on the verge of terrible disaster but somehow managed to pull back – to start the games and the parties all over again.  It’s that resiliency, carrying on despite having several unquestionably mad Emperors, that I find interesting.

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