Roman History

The history that I hope to get into soon is Roman history, (as I may have said before.) I’ve found many books on Roman history which look interesting. One book is the Defeat of Rome: Crassus, Carrhae, and the Invasion of the East. Apparently it’s about a Roman campaign in the east where Proconsul Marcus Crassus and 36,000 legionaries were decisively defeated by the Parthians. It’s not a campaign that’s been covered much. Most historians have focused on the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey. It sounds like an interesting book, so I hope to get it at some point. But one thing that needs to be done is I need to read Rome and Carthage and Rome at War with Rome. One of those books is on the Punic Wars and the other is on one of Rome’s civil wars. So hopefully sometime I can get into the study of Roman history, and hopefully it’s interesting.

“The Physician: A Musical on the Life of Dr. Joseph Warren, America’s Forgotten Founding Father”

So, I just finished another chapter in the book, (actually one of the books,) I’m reading for my research into the life and times of Dr. Joseph Warren. I may have written about this before, but I’m writing about it again. Dr. Warren is a name that few who took American history in school will recognize, because he may not be all that well known outside academic circles, (or even, sometimes, within them.) As I may have said before, he is a vital character in the early history of the American Revolution. So it’s a good thing that this musical came to mind. He is a man who needs to be recognized in history as one of the leading Patriots of the American Revolution.

Probably the reason so few people know about him is because he died early on in the war. He was shot just below his eye at the Battle of Bunker Hill, (which I just finished reading about.) That’s going to be one of the key scenes in the musical.

One scene that’s going to be fictitious, (not all the musical can be 100% historically accurate, or it won’t be interesting. This is a musical, not a mere history lesson, although I hope it will be educational for people.) The scene is going to involve a sword fight inside a church. I really hope this is a scene that will work. It will involve a fictitious character, (a minor character who is going to die,) and Major John Pitcairn. It looks really good inside my head, and I hope it will work.

So that’s one of the things I’m up to. Again I hope this musical will work.

The Little Mermaid

The cast meeting for the Little Mermaid was on Tuesday night at Live Oak Theatre and I listened to the soundtrack for the musical yesterday. Hopefully this will be a good musical. It’s the first time I know of that Live Oak has done a Disney musical. I haven’t seen the Little Mermaid in years, so in a way this is a re-introduction to me.

I’m just in the ensemble for this one, but that’s okay. That’s what I wanted to do. I believe the first rehearsal for the musical is tonight. Hopefully this will be a fun musical.

Rome: Total War

Okay, so this is the third time I’ve blogged about Rome: Total War, but I finally got the game!!!! It’s the complete edition, which means that in addition to Rome: Total War I have two expansion packs: Barbarian Invasion and Alexander. That’s a pretty good deal! I hope I’ll have more fun with this version of the game than I did with the last one. If truth be told, Rome was the version of Total War that I wanted in the first place.

It’s a really old game, but it should be fun. There’s no blood or gore, nothing inappropriate and there is virtually no cussing in it, so that’s a good thing. Like I said before, in the game you can play as one of three Roman families trying to get control of the empire: the Julii, the Brutii, and the Scipii. Sadly, I heard from one source (Many a True Nerd on YouTube,) that the Brutii are basically the only faction, at least the only Roman faction, worth playing. I may try playing as the Julii, though. In fact, I may not have a choice as to which family I play as at first. I hope I do, but we’ll just have to see.

As I said, there are two expansion packs: Barbarian Invasion and Alexander. That’s pretty cool, but maybe I should focus on mastering the original game before playing either of those games.

Julius Caesar and Pompey

As I’ve said before I’m going to be studying some Roman history sometime. I’ve got two books on my shelf that I haven’t read yet on Roman history: Rome and Carthage: the Punic Wars 264 BC to 146 BC, and Rome at War with Rome: Civil War and Rebellion 67-69 AD. As I said I haven’t read either of them yet. But they will be read soon, hopefully.

Two subjects in Roman history I want to study are the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey, and also the life of Caesar Augustus, (Octavian.) Unfortunately many of the books on Caesar Augustus that I’ve found are very long, such as Augustus: the Life of Rome’s First Emperor, (432 pages,) and Augustus: First Emperor of Rome, (624 pages.) How long does a history book have to be?! Fortunately, there is one book on Caesar Augustus that isn’t so long: Augustus Caesar: A Life from Beginning to End, from hourly history.

As was said earlier I also want to study the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey. There are two books of particular interest: the Civil War by Julius Caesar himself, and Warlords of Republican Rome: Caesar versus Pompey by Nic Fields. There’s also the Storm Before the Storm: the Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan, I believe. Those books should offer some good insights into the times and causes of the Roman Republic’s downfall. Again, not sure the rise of the Roman Empire was really a bad thing. After all, that provided the climate for the coming of Jesus Christ. And so out of madness and strife came the Prince of Peace. Interesting. Also you had the Roman roads and the common Greek language of the empire. That was also a good thing for the spreading of the gospel. So maybe God used the fall of Pompey and the rise of Julius Caesar to good effect. That’s kind of the way He works in history.

Rome: Total War and Toy Knights

I know I’ve already written about Rome: Total War, but I’m really excited to get this game. When I finally get the game, (it’s been ordered so it’s on its way,) I’m going to need my dad’s help to install it on my computer. I have Empire: Total War installed on my computer, and was thinking about uninstalling it in order to make room for Rome: Total War. However, my dad said that wouldn’t be necessary. I hope it’s not.

Off the subject of Rome: Total War I’ve finally started painting my model knights. For those of you who do not know, my older brother has me into putting together model soldiers and painting them. What I’ve had to do is as follows: Step 1: Cut the pieces out of the frame. Step 2: Glue the pieces together. Step 3: Glue the knights to metal washers. Step 4: Prime the knights with black primer. Step 5: Paint the knights with gold retributor armor. They look really cool, and, fortunately, the details haven’t been glossed over as I feared they would be. All the knights that were primed have been painted, so now more knights have to be primed. Not sure when that’s going to happen, but it will happen. Also, there are a few knights which haven’t been glued to washers, so what needs to happen is I need to write down how many more washers I need, then my dad and I (or my mom and I,) need to go to the store and get the remaining washers. Of course, I’m going to need many more washers, because I have another set that I got for my birthday.

So that’s what’s going on right now. Hopefully I get that game soon.

Rome: Total War

There is an older game that I’m trying to get my hands on: Rome: Total War. I wrote a little bit about Roman history in one of my previous posts, so you know that Roman history is an interest.

In this game you can choose between 11 different factions, three of them Roman:

The House of Julii

The House of Scipii

The House of Brutii

Carthaginians

Egyptians

Britons

Gauls

Germans

Macedonians

Kingdom of Pontus

Seleucids

The three Roman factions are at the top of the list. I heard from one review of the game that the House of Brutii is really the only faction worth playing, (at least in terms of the Roman factions,) but when I get the game I’m probably going to try playing the House of Julii. One reason for this is as follows: each family seems to have a color: the Julii are red, the Brutii are green and the Scipii are blue. So, thinking about it, what color would be the most Roman? Red, of course. So, despite the review, I may try my hand at the House of Julii.

Hopefully we can get this game soon. I’m excited to try it out.

The Jews

I know I’ve talked about this many times before, but I just can’t stress it enough: the Church has to support the Jewish people. And the bitter truth is: their not! At least my church is not. That’s not to say they don’t support them at all. But their not being blatant about it, and that’s how it has to happen: blatantly.

The Jews are under threat from groups like the Democratic Party in the United States and the Labor Party in Great Britain. They’re also under threat from the Muslims, (to whom the Democratic Party has been pandering, at least since the Obama Administration, perhaps even since the Clinton Administration.) This is utterly unacceptable. I see the Nazis and the Soviets resurgent.

The problem is, the Church refuses to speak out! A friend of mine and I wanted to put together a presentation to present to his Sunday School class, but when we asked the leaders of my church permission they  said, “No, you can’t do that. No, no, it’s too controversial.” Well I’m sorry, but if the Church’s goal now is to avoid offending people, just to bring people in, they’re no longer the Church. There was a time when the Church stood up for the Jews, and now, we’re behaving just like the German Church in Nazi Germany. This cannot go on! It’s time to stop this madness, and if the Church doesn’t do something, no one will!

Rome: What went Wrong?

You know, ancient Rome wasn’t always bad. In fact, I believe our Founding Fathers used Rome as a model for our republic. Even as an empire they weren’t always  bad. If you take a good look at history you have Rome achieving things such as victory over the mighty Carthaginian Empire, and eventually having an empire of their own. But something went wrong…

For one thing, the Pax Romana, (peace of Rome,) may have led to the Romans forgetting how terrible war and violence are. You went from Romans killing Carthaginians on the battlefield to killing each other in the Colosseum, and even in the streets of Rome itself, (I refer here to the civil war that shook Rome following the death of Nero.)

Another thing that went wrong is that Romans stopped, (at least I think,) believing in a higher power. They went from polytheism to secular humanism. From the worship of the gods to the worship of man. Not that those gods had any real existence or power, but the point is, they went from believing in a higher power to believing in no higher power than that of man.

So there you have it. It was Rome’s conversion to secular humanism that made them bad. They weren’t always bad, but they became corrupt and savage, and as Benjamin Franklin once said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

Julius Caesar and the Roman Civil War (more like one of their civil wars)

I’ve been interested in ancient Roman history (particularly their military history,) for a while now. There has been a question, (you could say a research question,) in my head for a little bit: in his commentary of his civil war with Pompey and the Senate Julius Caesar claims that he had to defeat the Senate for his honor, and for the “freedom” of Rome. Is this true? Had the Senate become corrupt? That is a question I intend to answer. My research into this question is going to include two books: The Civil War by Julius Caesar himself, (in which he makes his claims,) and the Storm Before the Storm: the Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan. That way I’ll get Caesar’s claims alongside the story of what was really going on in the Roman Republic at the time.

Honestly, the Roman Empire may not always have been a bad thing. They were always heathens, worshipping Jupiter and Neptune and all those other false gods, but I believe that it was secular humanism, (the worship of the emperor,) that made them truly bad. They didn’t always worship the emperor. The Roman Republic surely didn’t have the worship of the emperor. But when they started to command people to offer a pinch of incense to the emperor, that’s when they truly went bad. That could be one of the things, (along with homosexuality,) that made the Roman Empire truly bad.