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by mtroutson
6 years ago
The Augustan Principate - With Annotated Bibliography

The first of the Roman Emperors, Augustus, is arguably the single most important figure in Roman history. Throughout his long and political life, Augustus went to great lengths to avoid being perceived as a Dictator or a King, as "he would have to throw off the republican disguise...essential to his position" (Bury, 1908, p14). Maintaining this disguise is the prevailing reason he wrote in his Res Gestae that, 'of power I possessed no more than those who were my colleagues' (Res Gestae quoted in Lewis, 1955, p11). However, the purpose of the Res Gestae was to glorify and indoctrinate, whilst abating suspicions of a monarchy. Accordingly, analysis of Augustus' political life of veiled sovereignty contradicts his claim of political equality. Although Augustus' constitutional masquerade upheld the façade of republican government, he was able to manipulate the constitution so that supreme power lay in his hands alone.

History
by mtroutson
6 years ago
Ancient Rome: the State against Free Belief

In his Gospel, St Mark advocates that if a nation is to stand, then it must do so as an undivided whole. Michael Grant corroborates this view in his "Fall of the Roman Empire" by exploring thirteen reasons for the collapse of the empire, all of which are pervaded by a universal theme of disunity. One such reason discussed by Grant is the conflict between the state and free belief. The fall of the Western Roman Empire in AD476 is regarded as one of the most significant turning points in western civilisation, if not the whole of human history. In his Gospel, St Mark advocates that if a nation is to stand, then it must do so as an undivided whole. Michael Grant, broadly recognized as an authoritative source on Roman history, corroborates this view in his "Fall of the Roman Empire" by exploring thirteen reasons for the collapse of the empire, all of which are pervaded by a universal theme of disunity. One such reason discussed by Grant is the conflict between the state and free belief, brought about by a combination of Christianity's ascetic monasticism, dogmatic intolerance and struggle with the state for superiority.

Health
by mtroutson
6 years ago
Torque: Why we lift from the knees

Why is it better for us to bend at our knees and not our hips when lifting things? This brief article details the basics of the anatomical structures involved, whilst also looking at the torque involved in each scenario,using an example to provide both qualitative and quantitative evidence advocating the 'lift from the knees' technique.

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