I am currently a PhD candidate in Roman history. This blog is conceived of partially as a vehicle for reflections about Rome and the writing of history which have no place in the thesis.  But mainly I write it because I am convinced that understanding history, and Roman republican history in particular, is important for those who have responsibility in our world.


The short version goes: in a world where popular government and the rule of law are generally regarded as Good Things, it is important to understand how the longest-running republic in history continued for so long and then came to grief.


The long version I hope to make clear in my blog posts, as it is a tale that grows in the telling.