June 2, 2020 at 10:22 pm #38128
Salvete! I have noticed the last few days haven’t been as active as they could be and I’m wondering what all could be done to help increase the activity here on the forums and stimulate new members to feel comfortable to jump on the forums and talk. I feel our terminology scares away a lot of newer members from commenting and I want to take the time now to say you don’t have to get fancy with how you write your forum posts. I’d rather see a badly written, but engaging forum topic than one that is very classic and fancy but holds no real depth to it or no post at all. Please, citizens of the Republic, speak your mind, enjoy being in a community of people who love Rome as you do. I want us to start having multiple people commenting and creating forum posts every day.
Bottom line, what ideas, suggestions, opinions, etc do you as citizens have that we could implement with or without magistrate assistance? I can and am willing to make new topics daily in almost every category I am knowledgeable on but I will need assistance to keep it going. We as a community can bring activity back here but myself as an individual will do everything I can in the mean time to create what activity I can. Thank you all for reading and I hope to hear some good ideas! Valete!June 3, 2020 at 12:03 am #38129
I would love to see the return of our book club. Those involved in founding the RR formed such a group before the Roman Republic was officially launched. Then things became busy with managing the Roman Republic and it fell by the wayside.
It would be nice to pick a book once a month, then discuss it here or maybe even set up a video chat.June 3, 2020 at 12:21 am #38131
That’s a great idea! I am definitely in need of an excuse to start reading again and this is a perfect reason. Were the books before related to Rome or just picked on personal preference? I would personally be up for both, honestly. One for a more academic purpose, learning about different aspects of Rome while the other is just simply for personal pleasure. I would be willing to work with whoever or if no one wishes to do it I’ll start it myself and keep it going until it builds interest in the community. A good idea to boost our activity and to work out our brain. I love it! We still need more good ideas though!June 11, 2020 at 5:03 pm #38226
Roman Republic book club sounds dope, count me in. I’ll read anything Rome-related. Also any book in general. Books are fun.June 11, 2020 at 8:55 pm #38232
Ok, this message is for those interested in the book club! Propose a book for us to read! Then we can vote on it.
Shall we take proposals until June 18?
I can start. I propose this historical fiction title called “Ship of Rome”. Ship of Rome (Masters of the Sea) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0046A9N4Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_jLP4EbEY6CBBWJune 11, 2020 at 9:08 pm #38234
I propose one I have read myself but am meaning to reread soon. It’s really good and takes another light into a Rome that never collapsed!
The first book of the Clash of Eagles trilogy, Clash of Eagles. It’s a really good read!
https://www.amazon.com/Clash-Eagles-Trilogy-Book/dp/1101885300June 12, 2020 at 2:03 am #38237
Ooo this is fun. So in what seems to be the running theme of historical fiction, I’m proposing Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis, which is most of the 6th book of De re publica. I haven’t read it. It’s written as a dream of Scipio Aemilianus two years before Carthage is destroyed. I found a PDF here: http://www.astrumargenteum.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Cicero-Somnium-Scipionis.pdf.June 17, 2020 at 9:17 am #38259
Aula Flavia PhilippaDenarii: 𐆖 123.90PlebeiusSarmatia
Greetings! In Sarmatia, as princeps of praetorium, I coordinate the activities of our local communities, including events, all sorts of public activities. Based on my experience, I believe that while the Roman Republic is concentrated in the Internet space and, with rare exceptions, is not represented in real life, online activity and forum activity is important. However, to maintain the proper level and develop this activity, we need new special content that will attract people to the forum. But now there is almost no such content. An example of good content is a discussion on the topic of Roman Religion, it was very interesting to me to read the opinions of different people. Such a topic and lively discussion are difficult on Facebook, because there the technical discussions are organized differently. There would be such an interesting topic and discussion would be lost in the abundance of messages, and so it might not start at all.
Considering the forum as a simple means of communication is not entirely correct, because Facebook is more suitable for this. The forum should be considered as a platform for posting particularly relevant content in order to maximize its advantages. Otherwise, people, instead of visiting the forum, will pay attention to other services for communication.
The Sarmatians tried to activate forum activity in 2017-2018 by posting topics, however, this did not give the expected result. So I doubt that this attempt, in conditions when the approach to the issue does not change, will give a lasting positive result. We need content that interests people, relevant topics that are not found anywhere else, or answers to questions that cannot be answered anywhere except in our forum.June 21, 2020 at 8:58 am #38306
Caeso Cispius LaevusDenarii: 𐆖 839.20PlebeiusBritannia
Book club, should we vote?
I’m in favour of Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis.
Everyone else?June 21, 2020 at 4:08 pm #38307
Yay book club! I’m voting for the Cicero’s Somnium Scipionis. But also I wanna read the novels that were proposed so we should do one of those next because they look cool.June 21, 2020 at 7:42 pm #38308
Marcus Vergilius TacitusDenarii: 𐆖 7.75PlebeiusNova Hispania Ulterior
I’m all in favor of reading, and discussing what we read. But speaking to A. Flavia Phillipa’s point, how can we stimulate more access, not only to the forums, but to the Res Publica generally? I know I’ve only just arrived. I’m not very learned in the ways of online communication or publication, but maybe the Res Publica can put together a modest virtual newsletter, or, for the more ambitious, a digital periodical which covers various subjects of Roman culture? Art, literature, philosophy, and so on? That was just my thought after reading over this thread.June 22, 2020 at 1:06 am #38312
Salve Marcus! Welcome to the Republic! I personally love the idea and would be interesting in assisting anyone who wishes to start such a project. If no one else wishes to do so, I will look into how this could be done and will do it myself. A good idea to at the very least bring more attention to the forum here.June 22, 2020 at 11:07 am #38325
I’m all in favor of reading, and discussing what we read. But speaking to A. Flavia Phillipa’s point, how can we stimulate more access, not only to the forums, but to the Res Publica generally? I know I’ve only just arrived. I’m not very learned in the ways of online communication or publication, but maybe the Res Publica can put together a modest virtual newsletter, or, for the more ambitious, a digital periodical which covers various subjects of Roman culture? Art, literature, philosophy, and so on? That was just my thought after reading over this thread.
Now that’s a good idea! Who will take the lead on this? Consuls? Praetors? Tribunes? Anyone? Whatever we decide, I offer to help!June 22, 2020 at 2:37 pm #38329
Marca MarciaDenarii: 𐆖 43.70PlebeiusSarmatia
It seems to me that the activity on the forum is facilitated by the convenience of the forum itself. This forum is different from ordinary forums, for example, there are not enough tools for working with text, there is no indicator for viewing topics, instead there are the number of participants and so on. I believe that you need to work on the convenience of the forum, because even the button for sending a message is located where below, which is not very convenient.
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