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.  Become again Roman, rediscover your civil and cultural heritage so long hidden in shadow: see Rome in reading a Rome garrulous in grandeur, friendly to a visitor alike you, alike me.


“Colloquies, a Review of Civilization in Little Songs” in seven, pithy volumes, delightfully tells by portrait, anecdote, 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.  Composed in dramatic, verse dialogue, and fashioned for the contemporary reader, 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 Song”:

Book I      Paideia

Book II    Commentary

Book III   Confession (published, 2020)

Book IV   Dispute (published, 2020)

Book V     Celebration

Book VI   Invective

Book VII  Secrets


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HORATIAN   (From the Back Cover)

To live the day fully in 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 good old ways:

Republican, return the good old days.