June 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm #38332
I am looking to Network with fellow citizens experienced in writing. Stories, poems, essays — whatever the genre, there is so much we can do to make the Republic an enlightening source of inspiration and artistry.
So, here’s a shout out to all you writers out there. I look forward to hearing from you.June 24, 2020 at 11:35 am #38341
Quintus Furius CamillusDenarii: 𐆖 681.85PlebeiusBritannia
I’ve done some writing. I’ve been working on a historical fiction novel based upon Procopius, the maternal cousin of Emperor Julian.
Procopius was the second in command of Emperor Julian’s invasion force into Mesopotamia to fight the Persians. However, he was not present when Julian was killed due to a wound inflicted in battle. Julian had earlier split his army into two and given Procopius command of one half. Therefore, Procopius was not nearby where Julian died. Sources suggest that Julian intended his cousin, a follow follower of the old gods, to be his successor. However, after Julian died the military officers proclaimed a fellow officer, Jovian as Emperor instead. By the time Procopius linked back up with the main army a new Emperor was already recognized by the army and had surrendered to the Persians.
By the time the army returned west Jovian had reset the reforms of Julian and reinstated Christianity as the main religion of the empire. Procopius was forced into hiding fearing for his life. Jovian was quickly murdered before reaching the capital after ruling only eight months. Next, Valentinian I and Valens, two Christian brothers were selected by the army to be co-Emperors. Procopius attempted to regain what was entitled to him, and started an uprising in Constantinople, capturing the city, the imperial palace, and reinstating Julian’s reforms locally. But he was defeated by Valens in the battles of Thyatira and Nacolia in 365 CE a few months later. Procopius fled into the wilds of Anatolia with two of his generals living as a fugitive. The following year the two generals betrayed him to Emperor Valens after they were promised clemency.
Procopius was captured and executed in a brutal fashion, he was fastened to two trees bent down with force. When the trees were released he was ripped apart. The “clemency” Valens showed to the two generals who betrayed him was to provide them a “better” death by sawing them in two.
Thus died one of the last advocates of the Cultus Deorum and the rightful heir of Emperor Julian.
My novel explores this story from the perspective of a fictional childhood friend and fellow officer serving under both Julian and Procopius.July 5, 2020 at 1:47 am #38555
My apologies for taking so long to reply. It’s been crazy round here lately.
I think your work is exactly the kind of thing that should be encouraged among citizens who have experience with writing: to create an area for creative expression that is distinctively Roman in thought and inspiration. The problem, it seems, is getting the word out.
How might we go about this?July 5, 2020 at 1:48 am #38556
I was thinking the newsletter may be a worthwhile place to consider putting a “shout out” to writers and artists.July 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm #38878
Servia Curia GeminaDenarii: 𐆖 107.40PlebeiusNova Svecia
Salvete! The newsletter idea sounds dope. How would we circulate it? Email, FB, etc.?
Camillus, that sounds awesome, I wanna read. I agree with you, Tacitus, this kind of story needs to be broadcast.
I also get some writing done. 😀 Right now I’m working on a sci-fi novel based on Adrian Goldsworthy’s biographies of August and Julius Caesar.
Just spit-balling here: What if we did regular poetry contests? This could be something to put in a newsletter. Could also do something where one or a few people per publication (however that’ll work) would get to write a short bit about what they like about the Republic as a community, culture, etc., what they’re looking forward to (although sometimes this can get haywired so I dunno).July 22, 2020 at 8:53 pm #38880
A poetry contest is just the sort of thing I had in mind, though I think it would be excellent to expand the scope to include fiction and nonfiction prose. With essays I think we’d have to strike a balance between how personal a contribution can be. I feel individual interpretation should be encouraged, but it needs to be backed up by citing the requisite sources, just like in an article archived in the bibliotheca.
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