Creating The Universal Roman

Rome had long struggled to cope with the drain on finances as its riches were robbed whilst being transported to Rome. Rome’s Senate could never agree on a means to resolve the problem: provide the conquered with a Roman identity to induce respect, honesty and loyalty. Offering people membership of Rome.

Only those born of or in Rome, with family names could be called Roman.   Read more…

Catholicism

Those who had embraced the initial status of ‘quasi’ Roman identity, like the Roman Britanni on Great Britain and elsewhere throughout the empire would be the first to embrace this religion of Rome during the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries spreading the faith, bestowing a universal Roman identity.

The word Catholic comes from the Greek language and translates as ‘universal.’   Read more…

Cross Time?

Pope Gregory was a man who abandoned his privileged lifestyle and military standing to pursue a contemplative and reflective lifestyle in the service of Rome’s church He would become Bishop of Rome, reluctantly, in using his military, political and economic wisdom to save the city of Rome and facilitate the future reuniting of Rome’s feuding Western Empire and languishing Eastern Empire. Read more…

Saint George

Saint George, patron saint of England, is also patron saint of a few other places: Georgia; Malta; Gozo; Portugal and Romania. One of the most venerated Saints in the Catholic Church, ‘Georgios’ died on 23 April 303, the day named in his honour. He was born between 275-281 AD, almost certainly born in Lydda, Palestine; or Cappadocia, Turkey; or Silene, a fictional town in Libya…or fictional Beirut. Read more…

Flagging Up Christianity

Flags: We seem obsessed with flags in Northern Ireland today even moreso than 50 plus years ago, flying them on homes, businesses. Lampposts, anywhere, everywhere to express, or assert, an areas National identity and the prevalent religious denomination.

Protestants are British, Roman Catholics are Irish and displaying flags lets visitors and residents know and accept which national identity and religious denomination is dominant in an area. Read more…