Empire, Oil, and Disaster - blog about my new book

A religious sect getting more and more attention of the world. Jews in the Middle East already have problems with them. Coincidentally, a terrible terract happens in the largest city of the empire. The same religious sect is blamed for it. The year is 64 AD. The sect is Christians. The place is Rome of the emperor Nero.
Beware of September Ides!

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Comparing Egyptians and Babylonians...

Quoting [1], p.64:

"Given the fundamental differences in temperament between the Babylonians and the Egyptians, we can hardly be surprised by the fact that we scarcely possess any of the innumerable little documents, meticulously detailed and sometimes breathing an agreeable sense of humor, from which we derive our detailed knowledge of the latter. Egyptian tombs are full of scenes of everyday life with some words of humorous comment: even in death they kept their sense of humor and their zest for life. In marked contrast, when a scene of Mesopotamian domestic life finds its way to bas-relief, it is only incidental to the main theme, which is always glrification of the gods or of a king."

Oh, the sweet nectar of a well-formed thought. I hardly have anything to add to that.

[1] Everyday life in Babylon and Assyria by Georges Contenau - Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd, London, 1954, 324 P. -- authorized translation from the French "La Vie quotidienne A Babylone et en Assyre".

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Grain prices again...

A very interesting article indeed: How Excessive Government Killed Ancient Rome: "A measure of Egyptian wheat, for example, which sold for seven to eight drachmaes in the second century now cost 120,000 drachmaes"


Free grain for Praetorians

Notable fact: Nero included Praetorians in the grain allowances/distribution. Quote:
How Excessive Government Killed Ancient Rome: "Although subsequent emperors would occasionally extend eligibility for grain to particular groups, such as Nero's inclusion of the Praetorian guard in 65 A.D"