The Legacy of the Roman Republic

Celebrating Centuries of Truimph and Glory

Carthage Destroyed in a Blaze of Roman Glory

Today marks the climatic end of a decades long conflict between Rome and its nemesis Carthage. As the superior nation, we have long tried to rid the Mediterranean from the annoyance that Carthage represented to our Roman success. Today Carthage has burned to the ground, and Rome is finally at its rightful place at the dominant top of the Mediterranean.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the fearless leadership of the Roman Senate. Senator Cato boldly proclaimed that Carthage should be destroyed and burned to the ground. This proved him to be a true representative of the Roman public interest by refusing to allow Carthage to remain a threat to Roman progress.

However, this glorious victory did not come without consequences. After a three year long siege headed by a reluctant general, he is quoted to have said: "I am seized with foreboding that someday the same fate will befall my own country." As he wept while watching the destruction of the once-great nemesis of Rome, it lead some people to question whether or not the Romans were indeed justified in destroying this great city.

The Legend of Gauis Mucius Scaevola

Since Rome is definitely a Republic known for its brilliant military legacy and vast amount of land, it's mythology and religion are often overlooked by its people. Many wise men in the Roman Forums lament this cultural oversight as a loss of true Roman identity. After all, in a glorious Republic such as ours, who's to say what we can or cannot do? This is precisely the reason that our myths and legends should not be forgotten. We may lose our history when we lose our faith

That being said, I bring to my Roman citizens today one such legend that is shrouded in mystery. Is it the real thing? You decide.

This is the story of Gaius Mucius Scaevola, a young man who supposedly served in the Roman army during our wars with Clusium. Now, while the Clusians were asleep, our Roman army was wide awake, plotting their next move to conquer our enemy. When the commander asked which of his men would be brave enough to assassinate the Clusian king Lars Porsena, it was Gaius's hand that shot up before the three hundred young men who volunteered.

Unfortunately Gaius was not successful in his mission and was captured when he killed Lars Porsena's scribe instead of the king. His true bravery and Roman spirit shown through when he was captured. Instead of submitting to his enemies like a coward, Gaius announced: "I am Gaius Mucius, a citizen of Rome. I came here as an enemy to kill my enemy, and I am as ready to die as I am to kill. We Romans act bravely and, when adversity strikes, we suffer bravely." At this remark he went even further and thrust his hand into the sacrificial fire to prove the fearlessness of himself and his comrades.

At this outburst Lars Porsena let Gaius run free and upon his return the Clusian army sent an envoy for peace to the Romans. Gaius was given a good piece of farmland on the banks of the Tiber and him and his descendants assumed the last name Scaevola which means "left-handed."