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Old December 13th, 2010, 06:11 PM   #41

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When I form LEGIO I ROMANOPHILICA you can be my primus pilus
I am honored, sir! You'll find me a pretty useless soldier though... I've got nothing but a couple of years of fencing under my belt, and I fear that that may not help me against a horde of barbarians...
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No such thing as too many Romanophiles
What we need are more Serephiles
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I am honored, sir! You'll find me a pretty useless soldier though... I've got nothing but a couple of years of fencing under my belt, and I fear that that may not help me against a horde of barbarians...
Barbarians, perhaps not...but it should be more than adequate to take care of them Greek boy-lovers
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What we need are more Serephiles
Eh. China just doesn't do it for me. No offense meant to the Chinese people, its just that Chinese history tends to go over my head.
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To get back on topic, I won't write it now, (probably tomorrow or Wednesday), but I call dibs on doing Cato the Elder.
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To get back on topic, I won't write it now, (probably tomorrow or Wednesday), but I call dibs on doing Cato the Elder.
That works - the Republic is your special area of interest, the Empire for me. So we shouldn't have to compete too fiercely
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Eh. China just doesn't do it for me. No offense meant to the Chinese people, its just that Chinese history tends to go over my head.
only a Romanophile would understand Serephile
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only a Romanophile would understand Serephile
Sinicophile would probably be the more common term
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Sinicophile would probably be the more common term
yes lol but the Romans didnt call them that
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Sextus Cornelius Repentinus

Roman governor and politican, 2nd Century AD


Sextus Cornelius Repentinus was born into an obscure branch of the Cornelii gens, probably during the reign of Antoninus Pius (138 - 161 AD). The place of his birth is unknown, but was very probably Rome. His father was S. Cornelius Repentinus the Elder, who is known to have served as a Praetorian Prefect c. 159 - 160 AD. The Cornelii Repentini were apparently of Punic descent (like the Severan family that soon come to power), and hailed from a village near Carthage. Carthage and the surrounding territory was one of the richest and best-educated parts of the Roman Empire; many of Rome's statesmen and military men in the 2nd and early 3rd Centuries were of African descent.

Very little is known of the younger Repentinus' life. He apparently had the trust and favor of Commodus, even during the latter's fall into megalomaniacal insanity late in his life. He served as the governor of Lusitania in western Spain c. 188 - 192 AD. In 193 AD he was back in Rome, where he married Didia Clara, daughter of Didius Julianus. Almost immediately after the wedding, the short-lived Emperor Pertinax was murdered and Julianus bought his way to the purple. The fact that Repentinus was just now marrying in 193 would suggest that he was fairly young at the time; alternatively, he could have been a widower or divorcee.

Repentinus appears to have been Emperor Julianus' only loyal supporter. Even when the hapless Emperor was disowned and sentenced to death by the Senate, Repentinus stood by his side. As Septimius Severus and his Danubian legions marched into Rome, Julianus was killed by a common soldier. Repentinus was the only one at his side, though in the end the desire for self-preservation won out and he did not attempt to combat his father-in-law's executioner. The subsequent fate of Repentinus and his wife Clara is unknown, but considering Severus' relative clemency during his occupation of Rome, it is highly unlikely that they were executed or disgraced. Presumably Repentinus' political career continued into the Severan phase of Roman history.

The fact that he enjoyed Commodus' favor could lead us to question the character (or lack thereof) of Sextus Cornelius Repentinus. The only personal trait that is clear in our limited sources on this man, however, is unwavering loyalty to his father-in-law, even in the face of possible ruin or death. For this, if nothing else, this obscure historical figure is worthy of admiration.
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