The Vibe — August 23, 2023
Nobody likes to see how the sausage is made
Today, but Not Today
If you watch television or frequent the interwebs or were alive over the last month, you saw ads for the Game of Thrones prequel series on HBO, House of the Dragon.
Our fascination with violoent-ish shows about succession, monarchies, scandal, etc. is nothing new, and it’s often not too far from reality.
Take the Roman Empire. For all the sayings about and praise heaped on the Roman Empire, it was achieved through years of murder, war, betrayel, incest, and scandal.
E.g. to become the first Emperor of Rome, Octavian (adopted son of Julius Caesar) had to go to war and kill a lot of people, and the final two main executions occurred on August 23, 30BC.
After taking control of Egypt and chasing down Mark Antony and Cleopatra (both of whom eventually committed suicide), Octavian killed the pair’s son/heir, Antyllus, along with the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Caesarion.
From there, Octavian marched to Rome, politicked for three years, and eventually took the name, Caesar Augustus as the first Emperor of Rome.
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