Last month, the book club tackled Alexander the Great. An impressive military leader, he nearly had the whole world under his rule before dying at a young age. A supreme strategist, Alexander conquered many territories and tribes that were considered impossible to take over.
The Macedonian ruler would do anything to advance his life's goal of world domination. His one-track mind had many consequences with his family, soldiers, and even ancestors that were allies of his in previous generations. Alexander was most likely gay, although sexual orientation was not a distinction made in those times.
This month, we will read about Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman empire. By a lucky coincidence, the etymology of the word (and current month) August:
eighth month, 1097, from Latin Augustus (mensis), sixth month of the later Roman calendar, renamed from Sextilis in 8 B.C.E. to honor emperor Augustus Caesar, literally "Venerable Caesar" (see august (adj.)). In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað "weed month."
Let's tie in Augustus to Alexander the Great.
Augustus, was the adopted son of Julius Caesar, who had a bit of a complex with Alexander:
While Julius Caesar was in Spain, he came across a statue of Alexander the Great. He begrudgingly realized that he was the same age as Alexander when he had the world at his feet. At this point, Julius Caesar had done comparatively little.
Recommended, but certainly not required: Listen to episodes 34-37 of the Hardcore History Podcast. It discusses the rise and fall of the Roman Republic. These four episodes will help you to understand the state of Rome when Augustus was born.
And you will notice many similarities between the fall of the Roman Republic and the treacherous state of the world's current superpower.
When and Where: The call will be held via Google Hangout on Wednesday, September 5th @ 8 P.M.
Please join Zach and I as we train the young Paulo Ribeiro in hopes that we will become the world's next dynasty leader.
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