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La! So, I suck monkey eggs and have neglected this poor comm something fierce.

In theory, I should have read two more chapters in addition to this, but I didn't. So, you get this one.

So! The new schedule for readings:

July 1: Tellus Stabilita, Saeculum Aureum
July 7: Disciplina Augusta, Patientia
July 14: Short story interlude

Okay, so Animula was tons more interesting than this chapter. Still, this chapter told more of a story as Hadrian goes from innocent lad to Emperor of the world! of Rome.

I like his ideas of where he was 'born'. He says that he was born in Italica, but that everyone believes him to have been born in Rome. 'The official fiction has some merit: it proves that decisions of the mind and of the will do prevail over circumstance. The true birthplace is that wherin for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself'

There are also a lot of parts in this chapter that ping on the slash meter. ^_^;; Like all the 'youths' Hadrian and the emperor and the rest seem to chase after. There are a few references too, from when Hadrian was a schoolboy that make it sound like hanky panky was the norm. There just didn't seem to be a lot of discrimination in sex. If you had some lovely girls, yay! If you saw a particularly handsome boy? Go for it!

If it weren't for all the gore and death and torture, ancient Rome sounds like it might have been pretty fun to see.

It's interesting to see him start thirsting for power and wanting to put himself in the place to be the next Emperor. Not being an ambitious soul, it's a little hard for me to fathom that he actually wanted and continued to strive for those things, but that's just me. Maybe it's the power of the ideas and the thoughts of what he wanted to do in order to reform the country that kept him striving for it? He did seem really into the idea of leaving behind some kind of proverbial footprint on history to show that he'd been there and made a difference.

Although, for the record? Dude, they were a bloody, bloodthirsty people. O_o;; The idea of wanting to just keep going and going and invading people to absorb them into the Empire? Really, kudos to them for keeping it going as long as they managed to, because that can not be an easy task. (Of course, when you brutally kill and slaughter anyone who opposes you, I can see how that might garner obedience of subjugated peoples?)

Plotina was pretty interesting too. I like the way that his memories of her have her walking this thin line between supporting and controlling her husband to helping Hadrian and putting Hadrian on a path to becoming Emperor.

Okay, and I'm tapped out of thoughts at the moment. Anyone else want to pipe in? ^_^;;


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Jun. 28th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yay, extended schedule! I have been with the suck on this, too. And cannot make real comments now, cuz I'm at work and have not my book.

OH!! It's July, soon!! And August comes after!! I know I just picked a story, but I was really wanting to read Stardust before the movie comes out in August. I will, anyway, but if anyone might want to read along...?
Jun. 28th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
*glomps* I made a new post and put the poll up there, adding Stardust. ;3 Cause, you know, that doesn't sound like a bad idea. Particularly since I want to see that movie. *_____*
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