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    “Lost Worlds: The Roman Empire-Timgad, North Africa,” Episode 2 of 3, SBS TV, 7 Decem

    GROWING ALONG THE EDGES

    I first came across Roman history in the winter of 1960/61, if I recall correctly after the passing of nearly fifty years. I was then in grade 11. The subject continued to cross my path in 1963/64 in the first year of a B.A. program in a history course, half of which was devoted to ancient history from 14 A.D. to 476 A.D. It was not until twenty-five years later, in 1989, that I came to focus on Rome again, this time as a lecturer at a technical college in Australia, but this time not on the Empire but on the Republic from 133 B.C. to 14 A.D. I taught this course three times to students hoping to get into university in Western Australia. During this teaching I of necessity and out of interest took an interest in Roman poets and writers, Roman historians and analysts from various disciplines.

    During the three decades 1964 to 1994 I had reason to read about Roman history in the context of social science courses I taught to other groups of students already at what in Australia were then called colleges of advanced education, now universities. I also read about ancient Rome as part of my more general and personal, leisure and pleasure reading in authors like: Arnold Toynbee, Edward Gibbon and Robert Nisbet among a host of others. In the years 1999 to 2005, I retired from FT, PT and volunteer teaching and during this time I began to organize the notes I had accumulated on this subject.

    Now in 2008 I take a broad and non-specialist interest in this part of history, ancient Roman history, among other aspects of history and among others subjects in the social sciences and humanities. As I am about to enter the middle years(65-75) of late adulthood(60-80) and old age(80++), if I last that long, ancient Roman history has come to occupy a solid place in my study, in my small library here in George Town Tasmania, Australia’s oldest town. –Ron Price, Pioneering Over Four Epochs, 10 December 2008.

    I saw a doco on TV1
    two nights ago and,
    going to the internet,
    I printed out the text
    of the program. I had
    been taken back for an
    hour: visually and partly
    imaginatively to Rome,
    to Timgad, a Roman town,
    a colony in North Africa,
    founded by Trajan circa
    100 A.D.—a name I first
    heard in that winter of ‘63/4
    when my emotions were all
    in flux as they are still in flux
    but stabilized thanks to one of
    those new anti-psychotic meds
    which help me keep a lid on
    imaginative & intellectual life
    and so I live to see another day
    with a measure of tranquillity
    that I never had back then with
    that Professor of history whom
    I recall talking and writing on the
    blackboard with what then seemed
    like the speed of proverbial light.

    Only Ken Pizer was ever able to get
    all the words down in lecture notes.
    I wonder what happened to Ken in
    those five decades while we went
    our separate ways through the wilds
    of modern history with the decline
    and fall of new empires and the rise
    of new religions—one of which like
    that one of old was growing along
    the edges of society and might indeed
    come in time to contain the soul of a
    global society for a 1000 years-perhaps.

    1 “Lost Worlds: The Roman Empire-Timgad, North Africa,” Episode 2 of 3, SBS TV, 7 December 2008, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    Ron Price
    10 December 2008
    Ron Price is a Canadian who has been living in Australia for 42 years(in 2013). He is married to a Tasmanian and has been for 37 years after 8 years in a first marriage. At the age of 69 he now spends most of his time as an author and writer, poet and publisher. editor and researcher, online blogger, essayist, journalist and engaging in independent scholarship. He has been associated with the Baha'i Faith for 60 years and a member for 53 years.cool:

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    More On Rome: Nine Months Later

    More On Rome: Nine Months Later......There are so many parallels between our society in the West and Rome in the days of the empire.-Ron in Tasmania
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    This work, my five volume memoir, I like to think, although I may be somewhat presumptuous in doing so, has some similarities to Virgil's Aeneid, Rome's national epic written in the years 29 to 19 BC. Just as Virgil's work envisaged a golden age so does this work; just as his work was permeated with the lack of reconciliation in the new Roman Empire just formed, so is this work permeated with the tragedy of the slowness of response of humanity to the Revelation of Baha'u'llah, the slough of despond and the social commotion at play on the planet, the troubled forecasts of doom, the phantoms of a wrongly informed imagination at this crucial turning point in history, a turning point represented by these four epochs.

    As Virgil's Ecologue opened up new perspectives, I like to think this work may do the same, but I am not holding my breath for fear of asphixiation. Some read the Aeneid with an optimistic view and others have gloomy readings. Inspite of my own forecasts of gloom and doom, I see my work as essentially positive, optimistic and with a view that sees a bright future for humanity. When Virgil wrote Rome was at the start of an empire, a system, a new order, and Virgil was preoccupied with the notion of unity as were the Romans after a century of wars and violence.

    I see myself as writing in the context of "the first stirrings of that World Order of which the present Administrative System is at once the precursor, the nucleus and pattern." As the Romans needed insight into their predicament not cleverness, so is this our need. As I live and write in Australia I sometimes think that the essentially comic spirit of the Romans has been passed on by history's circuitous forces to the Australians. As I watch decade after decade of entertainment dispensed by the print and electronic media, I can't help but agree with that delightful American critic Gore Vidal that laughing gas is pumped into the lounge room of Australians, indeed all western countries, on a nightly basis. I suppose if you are going to go down, you might as well do so laughing.

    In my early adulthood I was critical of this endless private pleasure but with the years, and certainly with the onset of late adulthood(the years 60 to 80), I came to appreciate what Thomas Hardy called the "instinct toward self-delight." Some have this quality with an exuberance that bubbles up. I have more delight now that I do not have to deal with the pains and pangs associated with bi-polar disorder, with full-time work, with excessive quantities and the idiosyncrasies of people in groups and with my incapacities for dealing with a wife, children and the immense variety of human types in society.

    As you, dear reader, move through the words, the fragments, the volumes of this work, you will think, dream and analyse with me. You will contour yourself to the disjunctures, inconsistencies, ambiguities and contradictions inherent in the language of my therapeutic and non-therapeutic forum.....that's enough for now...overand out from Ron Price in Australia
    Ron Price is a Canadian who has been living in Australia for 42 years(in 2013). He is married to a Tasmanian and has been for 37 years after 8 years in a first marriage. At the age of 69 he now spends most of his time as an author and writer, poet and publisher. editor and researcher, online blogger, essayist, journalist and engaging in independent scholarship. He has been associated with the Baha'i Faith for 60 years and a member for 53 years.cool:

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