Stop the Romans! Think a head …

December 7, 2009 § 1 Comment

And so it was that Nynke/Gwynn came to the Housesteads fort (Vercovicium, the “place of the effective fighters”) in 2007. With Cor Westra. A military cohort was placed there in the first centuries AD , the First cohort of Tungrians, a thousand strong. The Frisian cavalry also stayed in this fort.

Nynke didn’t like hearing about Frisian mercenaries, meaning, “her ancestors working for Roman usurpurs”, so when she was approached to help the locals getting rid of the Roman Maximus for his “decimations”, she didn’t hesitate, even when she was supposed to exclaim that it was for Gracianus (a blatant lie) …

She had her own motivation

The Romans brought with them great aquaducts and sewer systems, greek medicine ways, and more, bringing well-fare, and also poisoned themselves and all those that adopted their ways, using lead bottles, vessels and lead in piping. Lead hurts the brain (diminishing well-being), and that’s how most Romans had mental illnesses in later life, and made some Roman Emperors go crazy. So perhaps power doesn’t corrupt. Perhaps that’s a myth. Perhaps lead does. Lead may have caused the decline of the Roman Empire.

Rather than lead pipes, a more probable cause of lead poisoning (plumbism) in ancient Rome was the consumption of defrutum or sapa. Cato, Columella, and Pliny all describe how unfermented grape juice (mustum, must) was boiled to concentrate its sugar. “A product of art, not of nature,” says Pliny (XIV.80), the must was reduced to one half (defrutum) or even one third its volume (sapa), and the thickened syrup used to sweeten and preserve wine and fruit. Apicius, for example, in De Re Coquinaria offers directions for preserving quinces in defrutum and honey (I.21), and uses “reduced must” in many of his sauces to add color and flavor to almost every dish, whether meat, fish, fowl, or fruit. Cato, too, recommends that olives and pears be preserved in boiled must (VII.4).

In short, the Romans went insane. And the higher up in status, the more of those fancy sauces one could afford, the more poisoning …

My 2 cents

… And so I am thinking that if we wish to be wise at choosing what to manifest in the now, that we check what positive and negative effects our doing can have, and who was in the flow with it before us, before we put any resources in.

Seven generation thinking may be the way to go, to stop us from making similar mistakes. Let’s just do that in 2010. Seven generations risk management.


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