Taxing times the Roman way

As I sit down to fill in my tax return I’m looking for any distraction. This year in France, it’s compulsory to do it online. Aurelia and Carina have their ownbusiness managers in Roma Nova with some poor souls in their office tasked to complete the wretched things.

Anyway… My mind wandered off to […]

Who governs Roma Nova?

You may have gathered from the eight Roma Nova books that the small state has various bodies of government: head of state (imperatrix), upper house (senate), people’s assembly, local government (curia) offices, a legal system, a foreign ministry and other ministries, a strong diplomatic service, a central bank, army and police force (vigiles, later […]

How far is the road to Rome, or even Virunum?

Virunum today (Photo: Wikipedia)

Roman horseman (Author photo of Marcus Aurelius in the Capitoline)

Travelling in the ancient world was different, fundamentally different. Young (and not so young) men were by far the most mobile in the Ancient Rome over the whole period whether you count it to AD 476 (west) or 1453 (east) because they fought […]