Monday, September 27, 2010

The Re-Incarnation of Rome

The Re-incarnation of Rome
Revisiting Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”

The greatest Earthly empire did not begin with Caesar Julius
Rather it was founded in about 760 BC by Remus and Romulus
The sons of Mars and Hercules given birth by the vestal virgin Ilia
Raised by a she wolf whose kingdom was known as the Animalia

Remus had succumb to the same tragedy as the once upon time Abel
Of the seven hills, the centered Palatine was chosen to begin this real life fable
Romulus had built Rome, the Senate and the powerful Roman Legions
The wombs of conquered Sabine women did inseminate this new found region

Its power and glory through the ages grew like hellfire
Gaius Julius Caeser then transformed Rome from a Republic to an Empire
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus became its first Emperor
Rome feared and respected in the known world as the mighty conqueror

Amidst the folly of treachery and doom
Rome one by one sacrificed its great leaders to the Marsian tomb
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus as Caligula loved his murder
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus as Nero violin`ed, as Rome burned girder by girder

With Lucius Aurelius Commodus Antoninus did Rome`s power begin its wane
In 455 AD Flavius Placidius Valentinianus reflected on the Empire`s delusion and pain
The remnants of this once upon time army ruled as Byzantine Emperors until 1453 AD
The saga of Rome had truly left the world a wondrous legacy

Two millennia was the length of this great story
More tragic was the fact that Rome did not learn well from its greatness and glory
There were five simple reasons why Rome did fall from grace
According to Gibbon, the reasons are very simple to historically trace

First, there was great divorce and less favour in the sanctity of the home
Second, taxation with no end brought ruin to the almighty Rome
Third, there was an increased craze for pleasure and sport
Fourth, the size of their armaments and mercenary armies they were no longer able to support

Finally, there was the decay of religion with faith fading into mere form
If history teaches us anything, it will foretell of an impending storm
Examine closely the five deadly sins
The world around you may be none more than Rome`s re-incarnated twin.

Thank you,
Joseph Pede

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