“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius (170-180 AD)

“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius (170-180 AD)   Book I: a list of “Thank yous” or sources of his wisdom: Grandfather (Verus): morals and even temper Biological father (Annius Verus): modesty and manly character Mother: piety and beneficence abstinence from evil deeds and thoughts simplicity of life, to live unlike most “rich” Great-grandfather: not to go… Read more “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius (170-180 AD)

“On the Nature of Things” Book 3 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“On the Nature of Things” Book 3 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)   1-30 Lucretius is following in Epicurus;s footsteps even many years later, in another country, in another language He feels the desire to imitate Epicurus’s work & help spread his word around the world He enjoys reading & re-reading all Epicurus’s work because… Read more “On the Nature of Things” Book 3 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“On the Nature of Things” Book 2 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“On the Nature of Things” Book 2 by Lucretius (1st Century BC) 1-62 It’s comforting to watch another ship fight the sea & wind while yours is calm, not because you rejoice in others’ struggles but because it reminds you of how nice it is to be free from struggle yourself It reminds you that… Read more “On the Nature of Things” Book 2 by Lucretius (1st Century BC)

“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” Chapter 16 by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)

“The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” Chapter 16 by Edward Gibbon The Conduct of the Roman Government Towards the Christians From the Reign of Nero to that of Constantine Christianity persecuted by the Roman Emperors – We don’t know why non-believers were so anti-Christian. But in the 80 years after Jesus’s death disciples… Read more “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” Chapter 16 by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)

Chapter 15 of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)

  The progress of Christian religion and the sentiments, manners, numbers and conditions of the primitive Christians Christianity is an essential part of Roman history because of its infiltration into Roman politics and power. Difficulties in inquiry Scanty and suspicious documents of church history make study of facts difficult. Must reveal imperfections of church history… Read more Chapter 15 of “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon (1776–1789)