When pundits compare this nation to one from history to make a point, Rome is inevitably used as the supposed historical parallel. Personally I do not believe the myth that history repeats itself. I do have an affinity for Roman history though.
The election of Barack Obama and the potential for greatness many people see in him reminds me of what a “foreigner” can accomplish. If you are interested in Roman history I’d like to introduce you to Trajan, Rome’s first non-Italian emperor. Wiki has this short blurb on Trajan that sums his reign up nicely:
As an emperor, Trajan’s reputation has endured throughout history. Every new emperor after him was honoured by the Senate with the prayer felicior Augusto, melior Traiano, meaning “may he be luckier than Augustus and better than Trajan”……..while the 18th century historian Edward Gibbon popularized the notion of the Five Good Emperors, of which Trajan was the second.
As our friend Mr CLS likes to say we’re all in this together. And while we could replace the ‘Augustus’ and ‘Trajan’ with our great Presidents such as Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Reagan (IMHO) in the old Roman political blessing, the sentiment remains the same. To President elect Obama from us mushrooms here at Slabbed.
Felicior Augusto, melior Traiano’
And may peace and prosperity once again return to our great land.