History, Viewpoints, Narratives and Ancient Rome

Giovanni Paolo Panini's 'Roma Antica' (1754-1757)
(From Giovanni Paolo Panini, via Staatsgalerie, Stutgard/Wikimedia Commons, used w/o permission.)
(Giovanni Paolo Panini's "Ancient Rome" — an 18th century view. (1754-1757))
"...Naiad airs have brought me home
To the glory that was Greece,
And the grandeur that was Rome...."
("To Helen," Edgar Allen Poe (1845) via Wikipedia)
I've split this week's post into three sections:
More at A Catholic Citizen in America.

Impressions of ancient Rome: morals, Cicero, Sallust and Gibbon. An almost-forgotten King, a president and a thought experiment. Historical narratives.

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