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All the short histories of Rome skip to the Punic Wars, so I wanted to read about Pyrrhus by the end of the week. In Charlotte Yonge's Book we read through chapters 13-16 today. There were lots of incidents to act out with much drama and enthusiasm. One contrast came between Manlius breaking ranks to ...continue reading "More wars: Samnites and Pyrrhus"

Continuing with Charlotte Yonge's book, chapters 9 and 10 describe Coriolanus, Cincinnatus and the Decemvirs. This continues under the Early Republic The conflict between patricians and plebians reminded me of the parable about a kingdom divided. kingdomdivided Coriolanus - doesn't like plebians and fought against Rome (exiled 491BC) - There's a Shakespeare play about him. ...continue reading "Rome – Coriolanus, Cincinnatus and the Decemvirs"