When Edward Gibbon embarked on his great history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, he began his narrative with the accession of Commodus. Marcus Aurelius, the father of the new emperor, was a man who, in the noblest traditions of the Roman people, had combined the attributes of a warrior, a statesman, and a philosopher; Commodus was none of these.
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Due to an ever increasing schedule in conjunction with the upcoming holiday season my personal blogging has taken to stagnating the past several days. I intend to continue to post interesting links and materials I come across in the meantime. And with that let the updates commence:
Literature/History: I have recently reached the over halfway point in the Tom Holland book Dynasty about the early Roman Empire and line of Caesars. Its definitely well written and I like the smatterings of culture that give the facts a certain liveliness. The book reads more like a retelling of a story as opposed to the textbook nature of many history books that lack the human elements. I finished reading Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose as well. He too like Holland has taken historical information and shaped it into an addictive narrative bringing out the different players humanity while explaining the finite details of the past. I definitely feel such good books ought to be required reading in schools today rather than the drivel they have forced upon them now.
Movies: Saw the movie Loving about the interracial couple who successfully removed the miscegenation laws from across the US. The movie was well acted and definitely would not be surprised to see it in the awards for the year. Only issue I had was the lack of litigation shown in the film which they kind of gloss over.
Games: I haven’t yet but plan to get Ultimate General Civil War. Was holding out to see some others test the waters before investing in an early access title.