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Nova Roma is an international organization dedicated to the study and restoration of ancient Roman culture. From its founding until it ceased to be the center of Imperial authority Rome laid the foundation for our modern Western civilization. Founded 2,750 years after the Eternal City itself, Nova Roma seeks to bring back those golden times, not through the sword and the legions, however, but through the spread of knowledge and through their own virtuous example.
posted by Potomac Avenue (23 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Man, sometimes LARPers take things just a bit too far.
posted by kmz at 2:33 PM on August 25, 2010


I can has slaves?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:35 PM on August 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


I don't know how I feel about the return of vomitoriums, and I can't get behind their "let's sweeten wine with lead" platform. But Nova Roma gave us Magma from "The New Mutants," so I guess they're all right.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:36 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Roman culture: vomit and orgies?
posted by gruchall at 2:37 PM on August 25, 2010


Dedicated to the restoration of classical Roman religion, culture and virtues

The culture and virtues part seems unproblematic, but if Jupiter's Witnesses show up at my door with pamphlets, I'm going Hannibal-at-Cannae on their ass.
posted by fatbird at 2:38 PM on August 25, 2010 [6 favorites]


Before or after they started feeding Christians to lions?
posted by PenDevil at 2:38 PM on August 25, 2010


You know who else wanted to restore the Roman Empire?
posted by empath at 2:38 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mussolini?

Sorry, Godwin only applies to Hitler references.
posted by Mr. Excellent at 2:40 PM on August 25, 2010


I saw Caligula so considered me confused.
posted by tommasz at 2:43 PM on August 25, 2010


I don't know how I feel about the return of vomitoriums

Vomitoriums have nothing to do with literal regurgitation. The name is a metaphor for the way a crowd spills out of one.
posted by jedicus at 2:47 PM on August 25, 2010 [6 favorites]


vomitoria, whatever
posted by jedicus at 2:47 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


jedicus we all know that. We just hate crowds, is all.

/eagerly looking forward to hummingbird-tongue-and-honey doritos.
posted by boo_radley at 2:48 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


and just when the time is ripe for Hedonism-bot, too!

In all seriousness, I took Latin for four years in high school and did reports on Julius Caesar in elementary school at least two or three times and I already knew about Nova Roma. Wish there was one like this for Norsemen that wasn't all... well... you know
posted by jtron at 2:55 PM on August 25, 2010


Can we provoke them into a war with the guys who dress up as Klingons? Losers have to put on a button-down shirt and khakis.
posted by PlusDistance at 3:24 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, they're gonna have to get in line behind the Lady of the Two Lands, Horus on Earth, She of the Sedge and the Bee, Life Prosperity and Health to Her, Sekhenet-Ma'at-Ra setep-en-Ra Hekatawy I.
posted by Countess Elena at 3:39 PM on August 25, 2010


They make a waste and call it peace. What else have the Romans ever done for us?
posted by meehawl at 3:59 PM on August 25, 2010


After reading I, Claudius, all I can say is, man, if that book is half-true, they were fucking brutal, brutal people.
posted by KokuRyu at 4:32 PM on August 25, 2010


"I Claudius" is really exaggerated. I do not think that it gives a good picture of Roman social history and culture. I tried to give it a whirl and found it way too much of a straight knock-off of Suetonius' history (which was the Weekly World News of its day) for my taste.

I also couldn't stand the affected 1930s posh Noel Coward-esque dialogue, but I'm really not a big Robert Graves fan.

Oh poor Rome, you're so often misunderstood! *cuddles*
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 5:46 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Those golden times. . . for that three to five percent of the population that wasn't dirt poor, normal boring old poor, or enslaved.
posted by absalom at 5:59 PM on August 25, 2010


You elitist partition snobs are always knocking the plebs. We demand our rights as defined on the 12 tablets. Also we insist that you stop the construction of these churches within the holy ground of our eternal city. These middle eastern radicals appear to have allied themselves with the Huns and are trying to replace our Republic with a theocracy.
posted by humanfont at 6:27 PM on August 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


So....basically this is kind of like the Society for Creative Anachronism, only they picked a time period a few hundred years earlier.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:26 PM on August 25, 2010


Wikipedia has been going to hell lately. I mean, these guys usurp the only true Nova Roma?!?!

Don't get me started on the terrible Steve Bauer page...
posted by Chuckles at 11:12 PM on August 25, 2010


humanfont: "We demand our rights as defined on the 12 tablets."

Si pater filium ter venum duit, filius a patre liber esto. (If a father sells his son into slavery three times, the son shall be free of his father.)

Two times is cool, though.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:13 AM on August 31, 2010


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