Saturday, March 01, 2014

Roman Histories - by MRM - 1 March, 2014


Then there was
Mr. Titus Livy,
Who wrote of recent Roman truths,
To which he was privy.
Rome's once virtuous glory
Had been quite a blast.
But that was then, and this was now.
It could not last.


Was not at all so taciturn...
Was he watching Nero fiddle,
  Back when Rome was burned?
"Power makes men immoral,"
Is what Tacitus said.
The moral of this story is:
They're all now dead.


Was the Bishop of "Hippo-land:"
If he lived in that place today,
He'd be an Algerian.
  He wrote of "The City of God"
vs. "The City of Man."
Augustine said that, "In the end,
It's all God's plan."

To Augustine,

Time was linear,
(As opposed to merely cyclical)
Derived from his understanding
Of all things scriptural.
His idea of predetermination
Is "Teleology."
"God already knows the ending
Of His story."