Thursday, December 29, 2011

Theme Thursday


Theme Thursday is a reading meme hosted by Reading Between Pages. I'm not in the habit of doing these, but today I'll give it a try:

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:

  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursdays)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
As we are winding one year, we will hopefully cast away everything that is old and look forward for a brighter and more prosperous year. So look for the word OLD or anything that symbolizes it. (worn out, torn, past etc)



Today I'm reading all about something old in The Classical World, a giant history that spans from early Greek times to the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian. It's by Robin Lane Fox. In a chapter on Roman society during the reign of Caesar Augustus, Fox says:

"A reassertion of ancient dignity would appeal to new men who were newly arrived in high places; it persuaded them, Catos and Ciceros at heart, that their new eminence was indeed as sound and traditional as they had expected...He [Augustus] later wrote how he had brought back 'many examples of our ancestors which were disappearing from our age.'"

Augustus spent a lot of time trying to bring back old mores and encourage fertility; after 20 years of civil war, the population needed replenishment.

2 comments:

kavyen said...

I am fascinated by Greek, Egyptian and Roman history but have never read a book about it (if you dont count their architectural books) .
I like your snippet.. are you enjoying the book so far? Will come back and check the review later...

Have a great 2012 year ahead.

Jean said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by! I am enjoying the book, but it's a giant tome and takes some commitment. :) I'm hoping to have the review up tomorrow, so wish me luck.