Civis Romanus Sum!

When Roman generals returned home after conquering ‘furrin parts’ with their armies, they were awarded a victory parade. Carried in a wreath-garlanded chariot, the author of the massacre which ended the war is moved along  a pre-ordained route towards the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill. Standing alongside the victorious general by his side, holding a golden crown over his head, is a slave; whose only other job is to murmur into the general’s ear that ‘he is mortal, and human, and all these things are fleeting, and ephemeral; and will soon pass’.

Preceding the victor are the Senate, the magistrates, along with musicians and jesters. The streets are thronged with adoring citizens, waving olive branches and singing as they welcome the latest son of Rome to return, successfully, from a foreign campaign. Following the victor’s chariot are the captured animals, the slaves, the pillaged treasures to help pay for an Empire which stretched beyond the charts. A chosen selection of the men from the victorious legions marched behind at the base of the column, all of whom did not wear their usual campaign armour, nor did they carry their full weaponry; as the Senate knew full well the problems which might occur when a general got ideas above his station.

At the end of the parade, the victor, having received his ‘Triumph’ sat down to a night of debauchery, all the soldiers got drunk, all the slaves were slaughtered, and the Roman Empire’s accountants began to write down exactly who got what according to the usual ‘spoils of war’ ratios applicable at the time.

That being the case, what the f*** are we doing organising a bloody triumphal parade for the ‘heroes of the Olympics’ up in bloody Manchester.

7 comments for “Civis Romanus Sum!

  1. mona
    August 20, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Why are you crying? a victory parade in Glorious Manchester, what more could our Athletes want? Putin may even ask them to do one in Moscow.

  2. Hereward Unbowed.
    August 20, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Looking for a lost legion?

    Alternatively, proselytizing the ‘Huns’ – although, they’d have to go to Yorkshire to do that!

    • Mudplugger
      August 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Had it been an independent nation, Yorkshire would have finished 12th in the Olympic medal table in London 2012, and similarly placed in Rio 2016.

      Maybe any ‘triumph’ would have been more appropriately staged in Sheffield or Heckmondwyke. But those humble Yorkshire folk are too modest to expect fair recognition…… they just get on with it and keep on delivering.

  3. August 20, 2016 at 11:15 am

    ‘Bloody Manchester’ – not far from where I am. LOL.

  4. Ted Treen
    August 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Panem et circenses

    The tool of the contemptuous (and contemptible) patronising élite through the centuries.

  5. August 21, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Who gets to be slaughtered?

    • Ted Treen
      August 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Unfortunately, some of us get slaughtered – and the neocons say we must give up our individual liberties to enable the PTB to protect us from their manufactured bogeyman of organised Islamists.

      Sure there are Islamists – exceptionally unpleasant people with an agenda of Islamist States – but most of these are relatively localised groups who may seek inspiration from other groups, but with few, if any, organised links. The worldwide organised effort as depicted by neocons almost certainly doesn’t exist, and has never existed.

      Still, allowing a few of us to be sacrificed as “proof” that the bogeyman is real, keeps us children in order.

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