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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  Read More 
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Founding Faculty of UTPB

As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to comment on the fact that many of the original founding faculty of the UTPB were first and foremost veterans of WWII and the Korean War.

This includes both high ranking officers (such as two generals -- one marine and one Air force -- Hank Heise and Jim Colwell) some  Read More 
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Update on Roman Civism

For several months I have been away working on various projects. Most of this last summer was spent in Minneapolis. The manuscript on Roman civism is moving along with 26 chapters in draft. I have been making timelines on some topics. Currently I am working on drafting a chapter on Camillus (see my description of  Read More 
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Was There Ever Such a Fool as I?

WAS THERE EVER SUCH A FOOL AND I?

Was there ever such a Fool as I?
I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman!

Was there ever such a fool as I?
I believe that fathers should be examples to their children!

Was there ever such a fool as I?
I  Read More 
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Thomas L. Dynneson Archive - The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB)

The Thomas L. Dynneson Archive is now established in the library at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The archive contains the professional records, materials, publications, letters, documents, and correspondence related to the professional work of Professor Dynneson. The archive was established for the use of students, scholars, and interested persons who  Read More 
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Time Out for Extended Reaearch

I have not written for some time related to my manuscript related to civism during the era of the Roman Republic. The reason is that I have been reading and taking extensive notes on an almost shocking work authored by Richard E. Mitchell. Mitchell has written a revision on early Roman history that is  Read More 
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Chapter Eleven Phoenicians and Carthaginians

After spending the summer in Minnesota, we have returned to Texas. Three chapters have been drafted and edited(Chapters Ten, Eleven, and Twelve). Chapter Eleven suggests how Egyptians vis-a-vis the Phoenicians and Carthaginians carried elements of Egyptian/Canaanite cultural elements in the western Mediterranean world. They also carried some adopted Greek cultural elements including  Read More 
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Chapter Ten Magna Graecia

Finally after several months I have completed my draft on Magna Graecia. This chapter while long and descriptive reveals that Rome was greatly influenced by the Greeks who were well-established in living near or in their backyard, so to speak. The main contribution of the Greeks was to provide the Romans with the inclination  Read More 
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Thought Garden

Within Every Soul There Exists A Desire To Create Something of Perfection: What is Your Desire?
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Magna Graecia: A String of Pearls

My current research has led me into a fascinating, but cloudy history of the ancient world. In my study of ancient Rome I encountered many Greek influences so my Chapter 10 is a review of Greek influences in Italy. My history of Rome dates back to at least the seventh century BCE. I soon realized  Read More 
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