This thread could be an extremely quick dead end but it is arising out of a discussion between Geoffrey de Villehardouin and me about ....... well why history matters. We discovered that we both had an early kick start to an interest in Rome after discovering Caesar and the hundred years or so surrounding him. Here is a recent read of mine that explores one view on why history matters. Mike Duncan is the author of the history of the end of the Roman Republic, “The Storm Before the Storm.” Here he is discussing the work. “ Mike Duncan: When I was going through this era for The History of Rome back around 2007/2008, I was struck by how important the period spanning the Gracchi brothers, Marius, and Sulla was to understanding the looming collapse of the Roman Republic. You really can’t understand the end until you understand the beginning of the end. As I continued to think about the period, I was struck by how many parallels there were to the state of contemporary American politics. Rising economic inequality was disrupting traditional ways of life. Endemic social and ethnic prejudice was leading to clashes over citizenship and voting rights. Once rock solid norms of political behavior were being tossed aside left and right in the ruthlessly partisan pursuit of raw power. And it doesn’t exactly end well. So hopefully, the book shines a light on a critical and fascinating period of Roman history while leaving the reader with some mild dread about the future of American history.” Enough said. I found the book in the Sun City Library (Bell Rd) and urge any and everyone to check it out. Pun intended.