View from the Edge of the World

Originally posted on Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland :
As the Roman Empire came apart at the seams, the safest place to be was on the very edges of that dying empire. I have recently been reading the books, by Robert Harris, detailing the life of the great thinker, orator and statesman, Cicero. It is uncanny how many parallels with modern day life can be drawn from the novels,  ‘Imperium’ and ‘Lustrum’…(the third in the trilogy is yet to be published). Of all the cumulative reasons why the Roman Empire came apart, endless wars, an over reliance on slave labour and corruption in…