Pyrrhus and Hannibal: What Great Enemies Taught Rome

December 31, 2010

I’ve had a lot of fun reworking two of my old university essays so far on this blog, one on the South African War and one on the foreign policy of John Diefenbaker. I’m pleased to say they are among my most popular posts so far, and so I’d like to continue posting content like this from time to time.

As I’ve mentioned before, I know anything I put up on the internet is free for someone to use for their own devices, so I’ve taken out the footnotes and bibliography, rendering my essay much less useful to anyone looking for a quick copy and paste. My old homework really isn’t meant to be an academic shortcut for today’s students, but if anyone wants to use it as a good introduction to the subject material available at your library, I’m happy to help.

Today’s essay is about the greatest non-barbarian enemies of the Roman Republic, and what they contributed to the eventual success of the state they sought and failed to subdue through force of arms. If memory serves, it received a very high grade indeed. I also had a lot of fun writing it. Enjoy!

Pyrrhus and Hannibal

What Great Enemies Taught Rome

Pyrrhus and Hannibal were the two single greatest threats to the Free Republic of Rome. They invaded Italy, smashed consular armies, turned vassal city-states against their Roman overlords, and killed thousands of legionnaires in the service of the Senate and People of Rome. Despite victory after devastating victory, they accomplished nothing. They could not defeat Rome, nor even leave her humbled. These two men whose aim was to destroy Rome became some of her greatest builders; they taught the Romans that even a total tactical defeat meant nothing strategically as long as Rome was prepared to endure.

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My Top 10 Twitter Tweets of 2010

December 31, 2010

Hello everyone!

I wish I had posted more this month: I’m afraid between my recent move into a glorious new apartment and killing my last netbook with a careless spill, this hasn’t been a blog-friendly December. Still, I have recently joined the 21st Century in acquiring a smartphone and creating a Twitter account. This foray into microblogging has been even more fun than I was told, so I thought I might mark the last day of 2010 with my Top 10 Tweets, out of a total of 260 so far.

To qualify, a post has to not be a retweet and not directed at any particular individual. I also narrowed down the finalists to cover all four months of my participation. I imagine this will be a much more difficult process in the future, and so you can look forward to a ‘Top 11 of 2011′ and a ‘Top 12 of 2012′ and so on until either this blog or my involvement in Twitter dies out.

Enjoy!

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Christmas Carols in Latin

December 23, 2010

Hello everyone!

Sorry not to have written sooner. It’s been a busy, busy month. I’ve just finished moving into a new apartment, and my netbook is currently in the shop. Still, I couldn’t let Christmas go by without marking the season in some way. I do have my BlackBerry, so I am writing this post on it via the WordPress app.

I recently came across an old email that had a number of famous Christmas carols translated into Latin. I’m sorry to say I don’t know who did the translating, so I can’t give the credit where it is due. Thanks to three years of high school Latin, I can tell everyone that all Cs are hard (as in, pronounced as Ks) and all Vs are pronounced as Ws. Everything else is pronounced and enunciated exactly as written.

Enjoy!
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