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  1. Marcus Horatius Justinus 63 | 4 January 12CE | Senatore | Landowner | Heterosexual | Wanted | Peter O'Toole Personality. Marcus Horatius was always taught to never be a snob. His home was always hosting the greatest figures of his childhood for dinner, and young Marcus was present in many dining room analyses on statecraft and warfare, lessons others would have to pick up over a long period of time and excessive effort. This gift of knowledge of what to do and how to do it would shape his public career from his early boyhood as well as his relationships with his superiors and other men. Following the traditional approach rather than succumbing to modish opinions, Marcus Horatius was raised in the image of the old Roman patriarchy: duty to one’s state and family was paramount, reliability to one’s friends and allies the only way a man could be measured, and practicality and frugality virtues to be treasured. He was also taught that a person’s honor was like patience – it had limits. He was taught to do what was expected of him due to birthright and then step down knowing that Rome would not be destroyed or saved by anyone man; Rome would endure. In the long run this aversion from pride and ambition would both save him and his family. He believes in the system and the Imperial family, whom he sees as a change that was needed. He believes that Romans had grown too weary of governing themselves and were abandoned to fight with no foresight, no mind for the future; the Civil War, he argues, is not an argument that the system doesn’t work but exactly the opposite. Without the Caesars the people would turn again to murdering each other, betraying each other – as they did as soon as Cyprianus took over. He also believes that every Roman has a part to play in the system that is Rome; the fault of Cyprianuses lies not with the system itself but with the families raising their children without awareness of what is needed of them and what are the boundaries. Appearance Marcus Horatius strikes a tall and imposing figure even in his twilight. While never built for heavy muscle work, he is surprisingly strong and agile, and his body has seen its fair amount of battles and hardships. He leads an active lifestyle, tending to his garden and taking care of his horses. Old age has, unfortunately, reared its ugly head; sharp pains plague him constantly, and muscles give out sooner than they used to. Having no children under his immediate supervision and with his wife long dead, he has given in to gluttony and imbibing wine. His style of clothing has similarly changed from sharp to comfortable and loose garb giving the impression that he’s trying to hide an aging body. Loose or tight, his garbs are still the finest fabric and the most expensive pieces adorn his everyday attire. He walks, talks and stands proudly, upright and with the confidence deserving a Roman gentleman. Family Father: Publius Horatius Justinus (dead, d. 19AD) Mother: Aelia (dead, d. 28AD) Siblings: Spouse: Livia Calavia (dead, d.60AD) Children: Publius Horatius Justinus (alive, b. 35 AD) Horatia Justina (alive, b. 42 AD) Livia Justina (alive, b. 48AD) Lucius Horatius Justinus (alive, b. 48AD) Extended family: Aulus Calpurnius Praetextatus (son-in-law via Horatia) -Titus Calpurnius Praetextatus (grandson) -Calpurnia Horatia (grandaughter) Tertius Quinctilius Varus (via Secundus) - Teutus Quinctilius Varus (great-nephew-in-law?) - Antonia Varia (great-niece-in-law) Quinctilia Varia (via Secundus) - Sergia Auletia (great-niece-in-law) - Marcus Sergius Auletius (great-nephew-in-law) Other: History 12CE – Marcus Horatius Justinus is born in the city of Rome, to Publius Horatius and his wife, Aelia. The boy is the last of a litter of three, all taken by a strange illness before they reached the age of 2. Unwilling to have feelings for this child only to have it snatched away by the illness, the parents chose a first name outside the norm for the Horatii, naming the young baby boy “Marcus” instead of “Publius” or “Lucius”. 20CE – At the age of eight, young Marcus Horatius passes the ceremony from boy to manhood, giving up his bulla, and is assigned his family name of ‘Justinus’. His education begins in the martial arts. 22CE – Marcus is betrothed on his tenth birthday to Livia Calavia, when she was just seven years of age. The couple was arranged to be married confereatio when Livia reached the age of fifteen. Marcus thought her to have the annoying habit of sniffling her running nose too often. 29 CE – Marcus and Livia Calavia are married in the temple of Juno on the Capitoline Hill. It’s an impressive event including an envoy from the emperor with a magnificent gift and the Imperial family’s best wishes for the newly wed couple. Soon the couple departs for their honeymoon in Alexandria, Egypt and a tour of the eastern provinces. 31CE – At age nineteen Marcus is assigned a military post in the peaceful province of Cyrenaica, where he acts as a scribe for the acting legate. His duty is to organize the shipment of grain, barley and wine to the capital and buy exotic animals captured from the hunter’s guilds for the arena. 35CE – Livia bares Marcus’ firstborn son, Publius. 39CE – Marcus Horatius is given his marching orders for Germania as legatus legionis of the Fifth Legion, on border duty on the far side of the Rhine. 42CE – Livia is pregnant and gives birth to a healthy baby girl, named Horatia Justina. Mother and daughter accompany him on the front, tucked away at his provincial villa at Augustum Treverorum. Young Publius starts his military training following his tata around. 43CE -- Marcus Horatius begins with the first political office, appointed as Quaestor in the State Treasury. He soon discovers he doesn’t have and doesn’t want to have a clue on tallying provincial taxes and that copper counting bores him to death. His solace is that he can visit his home everyday after the end of official business, and discuss his day with his lovely wife, Livia. 45CE -- Marcus is appointed the Patrician Aedile, responsible for keeping the roads and temples of Rome tidy, and hosts an impressive spectacle during the Ludi Romani at the Flavian Amphitheatre. 46CE – Marcus is appointed legatus legionis in Germania once more, where he operates in the vicinity of Lugidunum, in the land of the Suevi Teutones. 47CE – His first tour of duty complete, Marcus, Livia and the two children return to Rome where they stay until Livia gives birth to twins the following year. 48CE – Livia delivers the twins, Lucius and Livia Justina. Livia briefly falls sick with fever but recovers; the medicus informs the couple that Livia will be unable to bare more children. The couple decide that four is enough. 50 CE – Marcus Horatius is appointed legatus proconsulis in Hispania Tarraconensis, where he’s responsible for the further development of the Roman colonies of Toletum and Corduba. 52CE – Marcus packs his family and takes the long trip back to Rome. The family struggles to reintegrate into the vicious lifestyle of Roman nobles after many years serving in the provinces. A local uprising in Galicia forces the family to return to Hispania briefly after two years in the capital. 56 CE – Marcus Horatius is once more recalled from Hispania to Rome, after serving as Legatus Proconsulis in the province for nearly six years. 59CE – Upon correspondence with his elder son, Marcus Horatius takes Horatia Justina on a tour of Greece to allow her some time off after her engagement fell through. Unbeknownst to him, Horatia Justina fell in love to her now husband, Aulus Calpurnius Praetextatus, while they were vacationing in Greece. Arranging the wedding, Marcus left his daughter at the care of Publius and briefly returned to Rome to organize his campaign for Praetor. 61CE – Marcus is gifted with his first grandson, Titus Calpurnius Praetextatus, by his elder daughter. With Marcus away to inspect their farmlands in Velitrae from the beginning of the year, Livia was left to tend to family business in Rome. Eventually during Clemen's purges, she is trapped in a familiar house when an angry mob started fires. Racing against time when he heard the news of troubles in the capital, Marcus reached Rome to find their whole neighborhood a smoking ruin – while his youngest daughter, Livia Justina, was held by the hand of her nanny just a few steps behind. Desperately searching between the ruins for survivors for two days and nights, some of the vigiles turned up pieces of Livia’s jewelry from the retrieved corpses. With war looming and his family threatened, Marcus vows to mourn the pass of his soulmate in good time; he keeps a straight face and his heart stone cold, only breaking down and crying when he’s completely alone. 62CE – His entire family is scattered to the four corners of the empire; Horatia Justina, under command from her husband was sent away to an undisclosed location; his elder son, Publius, was serving under the would-be Caesar, Quintus Alexander. Having to be strong for his two younger children and with no help, Marcus left Rome to Alexandria, and then Antioch – to the senate in exile. Marcus would spend the rest of the civil war trying to reconnect his family, tracking down the fate of Aulus Praetextatus and his own daughter, fearing for the life of his son, Publius, and raising Livia and Lucius to become proper Romans. 63CE – Unbeknownst to him, Marcus becomes twice grandfather to a healthy and beautiful little girl, Calpurnia Horatia. 66CE – With the end of the civil war, Marcus takes the now grown up Livia Justina and young Lucius Horatius back to Rome. His imperialist leanings never questioned, he’s soon allowed to resume the status he held with the senate in Antioch, and is assisted to finally track down Horatia and her two children. Publius is also released from the army after the celebration of Caesar’s triumph. The family reunites in their ransacked home and feast together; Marcus for the first time eulogizes his wife, Livia, and openly cries and wails for her loss. For the following months he wavers between starvation and extreme weight gain and relies heavily on the cup even for everyday living. 66CE – 69CE – His daughter Livia attempts to arrange her own marriage to a man named Gnaeus Hortensius Clarus. Marcus dislikes the man instantly, judging him too weak but assents to please his daughter; as if the fates would have it, his seed was also weak. Livia had to go through the torture of two failed pregnancies, and then Gnaeus Clarus got himself killed in Judea. His son Publius continues to excel in the military and discusses with Marcus the prospect of getting married; Marcus decides that at least he, his first born, must also marry in the old patrician way -- confareatio – for life. Lucius Hortensius also begins his military career with a posting as tribune; 73CE – Marcus decides his second daughter deserves the same luck in marriage as Horatia Justina and scouts the market for an eligible bachelor and finds one in the face of Secundus Quinctilius Varus, a promising military commander. Too resigned himself and habitually half-drunk, Marcus’ judgement is softened and misses many of the early signs that Secundus Quinctilius Varus is an abusive man, a fact he doesn’t know to this day. 74CE – The men of the family host an intervention to persuade Marcus Horatius to re-marry, if only to have some company around the empty city villa he spends most of his days locked up in. He lashes against them and tells them he, a patrician of the Horatii, cannot unmake the pledge he made to Livia Calavia all those years back. Subsequently, he is returned to his habitual drinking and isolation, longing for times when his family was surrounding him and his Tarraco | GTM+2.00 | Tarraco #4050
  2. I was born in a hospital with a window looking up to the Acropolis and brought up on a road with olive trees for shade.

    Went to a public school in the 8os, when the kids were still expected to be fluent in Latin and ancient Greek.

    My first crush punched me right in the chest to pass me a hint since I was so dense that light bent around me. She could have knocked me out with a feather.

    Somehow I failed to internalize lessons on austerity, efficiency and overall life shrewdness. I decided to commit sociology instead.

    I heard the economy scream. It was glorious, but I wonder how they convinced me it was all my fault.

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