Commentary

Book II of “Colloquies: A Review of Civilization in Little Songs”

Stroll the streets of Rome.  See the colorful, magnificent sights.  Hear the sounds and songs of Romans.  Meet the characters, the cad, the prig, the beauty, the noble lad, the patrician and the pleb as we enjoy the holidays, the calendar of ancient Latin festival.  Listen-in to the chatter, the talk, the secrets, the opinions, the chit-chat of Romans in war, in orgy, in the Senate House and at home in prayer, in familial affection.  Be Roman, rediscover your civil and cultural heritage long hidden in shadows.  Read Rome to see Romans garrulous in grandeur, friendly to visitors alike you and me.

Commentary, Scheduled Release, 1 April 2025

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Description

“Colloquies, a Review of Civilization in Little Songs” in seven pithy volumes delightfully tells by portrait, anecdote, and vignette, the history of Western Civilization, Greece, Rome, Europe, America, et alibi.  Volume II, Commentary, introduces the reader to the colorful festivals, the great events, and the grand persons of Rome, the Republic, the Empire, the early, Christian Era.  Fashioned for the contemporary reader, composed in dramatic, verse dialogue, Commentary tells without lecture who once we were, who now we are, who tomorrow we might become.

From “Colloquies: A Review of Civilization in Little Songs”:

Book I      Paideia (forthcoming, 1 February 2025)
Book II    Commentary (forthcoming, 1 April 2025)
Book III   Confession (forthcoming, 1 May 2025)
Book IV   Dispute (forthcoming, 1 August 2025)
Book V    Celebration
Book VI   Invective
Book VII  Secrets

 

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Typical of Commentary, “Horatian”:

To live the day in peaceful emptiness
of song beneath the broadleaved sycamore
knowing today may not give morrow more,
and yet be happy is the classive bliss.
Among the many laureled prayers is this:
A fertile land with basil near the door,
a kitchen garden flowered for a floor,
an ever-rising spring, a woods sun-kissed,
and wanting neither gold nor fettered ceiling,
Carrara statues crowded to increase.
Instead, unbent to age to be at peace
among some treasured things well placed, breathing.
Turn back the empire to our good old ways.
Republican, return the good old days.