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Roman Project

My work is now centered The destruction of Rome in 390 BCE. This is fascinating work in that it is a study in arrogance, humiliation, stupidity, class conflict, and the tenents of good leadership. The problem, of course, is that it difficult to separate myth from reality or fiction from truth. The gist of the story is that disaster often leads to changes that lead to cultural advancements. In this case, military and political changes that squarely placed Rome on the road to empire building. We are forced to ask: Was Camilllus created or invented by the ancient sources to rehabilitate the severe reputation of the Romans as brutish and merciless butchers? If so, some of the ancient writers may have been our first revisionists.
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