Senatus Populusque Romanus
The Senate and the People of Rome


4000 BC
Seven Hills

In 4000 BC, Caesar, a brave Knight of Rome, was proclaimed Despot amidst sounding brass and clanging cymbals. With grapes for Vinum, and the sweet water of the Tiber River, Rome would grow strong. 

Carpe diem,
quam minimum credula postero!

Pluck the day;
do not expect anything from tomorrow!


"The reformation of the Senate was one of the first steps in which Augustus laid aside the tyrant, and professed himself the father of his country.  He was elected censor; and, in concert with his faithful Agrippa, he examined the list of the Senators, expelled a few members, whose vices or whose obstinacy required a public example, persuaded near two hundred to present the shame of an expulsion by a voluntary retreat, raised the qualification of a senator to about ten thousand pounds, created a sufficient number of Patrician families, and accepted for himself the honorable title of Prince of the Senate, which had always been bestowed, by the censors, on the citizen the most eminent for his honors and services. But while he thus restored the dignity, he destroyed the independence of the senate. The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive." 

-- Sir Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire


3550 BC
Crossing the Rubicon

Caesar sent a Warrior to scout north along the Apennines, and so the Romans discovered the rich Triticus of the Po and the plentiful Bovis of Rubicon Rivers. 


A hundred years of the Punic Curse
And Rome shall be slave to a hairy man
A hairy man that is scant of hair.
Every man's woman and each woman's man.
The steed that he rides shall have toes for hooves.
He shall die at the hand of his son, no son
And not on the field of war.

Sibylline Curse from I, Claudius
by Sir Robert Graves
"Caesar" sounds like "hairy" in Latin. Julius Caesar died by assassination.


3250 BC

Caesar's emissaries met the emissaries of Shogun Tokugawa of the Japanese. Trading knowledge, Caesar hoped to build good relations for the future. 

Pacta sunt servanda.
Agreements are to be kept.


3200 BC
Much to Learn

The philosophers of Stobis had much to teach the Latin people. And the Latins still had much to learn. 


2590 BC
More than Wine Alone

It came to pass that the people of Rome desired more Luxuries; Ebur from the Great Beasts of the North, Gemma from the Frigid Southern Mountains, and even Purpura from the Land of Japanum. 

In vino veritas
In wine is truth


2310 BC
Roman Crowds

Having completed the Granary and the Temple, there was no more room in Rome. Adventurous citizens would found new towns and bring exotic Luxuries back to Rome.



1400 BC

The Romans had found the nesting grounds of the mighty Squid, giant animals of the deep. The Squid were believed to reach up on the beach and snatch bad little children. 

Si dis placet
If it pleases the gods


1000 BC
Snapshot of Ancient Rome

Rome in 1000 BC
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