Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last day of the year, 66 bc

It's the last day of the year and many of us look back on past events, me too, even if it's going to be a little further back normally. Here's what was going on in Rome on this day more than 2000 years ago.

Happy new year!

The comitia in Rome is long gone, but the one in Paestum. You'll find more pictures from the site earlier on in the blog (temple of Hera I, temple of Hera II and the temple of Athena)

"Can the limit of this life, O Catiline, can the breath of this atmosphere be pleasant to you, when you know that there is not one man of those here present who is ignorant that you, on the last day of the year, when Lepidus and Tullus were consuls, stood in the assembly armed; that you had prepared your hand for the slaughter of the consuls and chief men of the state, and that no reason or fear of yours hindered your crime and madness, but the fortune of the republic?"

Cicero - in Catilinam I.15.3
Translated by C. D. Yonge & Henry G. Bohn

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