When the new Canadian PM was elected, some reporter asked him why he cared so much about hiring the same amount of women as men, whites as blacks, etc. and he just said "because it's 2015" with a shit-eating grin.
it's a dank pol me me about how liberals justify things by just saying "it's 2015/6"
like, someone asks trudeau why it's important for canada to take in x refugees and he answers "because it's 2015"
like most things, it has some basis in the truth, but it's been so overused that it's ironically become a slogan that pol people use when they can't justify why they disagree with something
there's this ultra rare heidegger greentext where his whole philosophy is explained (not the one where he goes hiking with his grandpa). its just an extended monologue that reads something like "but what be 'be'? it not be what 'b'" not because then you daid etc"
does anyone have it
After the Punic Wars, the Romans started edging into the Eastern Mediterranean which was still dominated by Philhellenic (Greek-y) Macedonian successor states to Alexander's conquests, along with a few minor independents or semi-independents like Rhodes and the Greek city state leagues. Rome entered via pretexts like calls for help from Rhodes and Pergamum, smaller states trying to play major states off against each other. They came up against the Big Boys of the East, most notably the Seleucids, Ptolemies, and Antigonids, all major sophisticated dynastic empires established by the generals of Alexander who carved them out in the free-for-all after Alex's death. Most of these states didn't think much of Rome if they thought of Rome at all, but she had just become a surprise superpower in Italy during the wars of the previous century (most notably the Pyrrhic War and the Punic Wars) and was poised to rape the fuck out of everyone. What followed was the first real encounter of the old "Macedonian mercenary'n'phalanx army" paradigm with the new Roman legionary paradigm, the former battered and tattered, and the latter full of piss and vinegar in its ascendant.
The big battles you really need to know are Cynoscephalae and Magnesium. At Cynoscephalae Rome pushed the Antigonids' shit in, in sort of their first real slugging match against an Eastern superpower. Antiochus thought it must be a fluke by some upstart, and thought it'd be a good time to horn in on their old rivals the Antigonids, now weakened, and the Greek leagues, now vulnerable and kind of pissed at Rome because Greeks are never happy. He tried to capitalise on this, and Rome basically pushed his gigantic MEGA PERSIAN EMPIRE SUCCESSOR shit in, in a very famous battle that even moreso than Cynoscephalae demonstrates the swan song of the Macedonian way of war and the time of Roman hegemony.
The Seleucid state had been waning and splintering for a long time already but still had a lot of the pretense of being this imperial superpower. The juxtaposition, and the idea of contemporaries reacting the way we do, is kind of funny. They got buttraped and were basically reduced to a footnote. That's all.
Anybody have the green text where the guy tells a girl that DFW has no discernable talent, grabs her copy of Infinite Jest and hurls it across the room, tells her to read Hemmingway instead and corrects her when she pronounces it with only one 'm?'
Great description, except I would argue that the Greeks, if not those in Asia Minor, were palpably aware that Rome was about to fuck them up.
>He advised him to postpone until times were less critical his arguments and wars with the Greeks, and to focus on the west, or else lose the ability to make peace or war with them as he wished. ‘For,’ he said, ‘if you ever allow the clouds now gathering in the west to loom over Greece, I deeply fear that all the games we now play with each other, our truces and our wars, will be so thoroughly denied us that we shall find ourselves imploring the gods to grant us this right, to make war and peace with one another as we wish, and in general to manage our own internal disputes.’
Everyone was pretty much just waiting on the outcome of the second punic war.
>Even people who even now paid little attention to world affairs could not be blind to the fact that whether the Carthaginians or the Romans won the war, it was inconceivable that the victors would rest content with rulership of Italy and Sicily. No, he said, they would come, with excessive intentions and forces to match.
Both passages are from Polybius. He's worth checking out as a supplement to Livy, and is actually very helpful in contextualizing the otherwise confusing wars in Livy, but I definitely wouldn't start with P. Also his works on the later wars are only available in brief and incomplete selections from Penguin, or expensive volumes from Loeb. Livy is much more accessible, with full translations offered by both Penguin and Oxford.