"Sed fortuna, quae plurimum potest cum in reliquis rebus tum praecipue in bello, parvis momentis magnas rerum commutationes efficit; ut tum accidit."

C. Iulius Caesar - Commentarii de Bello Civili Bk III.68

Monday, February 25, 2008

Once more into the breach.

After avoiding posting in 2007 as I was Accensus to the then Consul Tiberius Galerius Paulinus, I anticipated doing the same in 2008 since I had accepted the offer of Consul Titus Iulius Sabinus to serve as his Accensus. Upon reflection it had seemed better to maintain as much a degree of public neutrality as I could on issues while occupying this position.

Well, no more. On Saturday 23rd February I requested Sabinus relieve me of my position, in order that I could with all honour concentrate of opposing such policies as his consular colleague may put forth that strike at the heart of good order, law, equity and the Constitution of Nova Roma.

So once again the elephant of illegality clomps around Nova Roma, trampling all before it with sadly both Consuls, the Praetors and the Tribunes perched on top of it. Bringing up the rear is of course Maior, clutching at its tail. The long awaited purge has begun and we know of course that there are so many names on the blacklist it probably requires not a black book but a scroll to record them all.

More on this debacle later. For now it suffices to say that it is exceedingly refreshing to once again be offering a commentary and insight into the madcap world of Nova Roma. All is well in the republic for the Constitution is being broken, people are resigning or being exiled, laws are being ignored and a general tension pervades the air in the forum. Life as we know it continues unabated.