Caesarion and the Game of Thrones

The following is an excerpt (#5 of 20) from:

"Jesus Among the Julio-Claudians"
copyright 2017 Charles N. Pope

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emlong's picture
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Isn't it refreshing now to see that something as tenuous and unpredictable as fertility has receded as a determinant of the succession of power to be replaced almost exclusively by one's potential for corruptibility and blackmail?

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There is of course always an instinct to keep wealth and power "in the family" and there are other means of doing so now.

Whoever or whatever is now dominating large parts of the world is still employing many of the same tell-tale methods of mass manipulation.
Instigated rebellions, like those exploited by Caesar in Gaul, come to mind! Caesar first attacked the Helvetii after creating trumped up charges of their "disorderly migration". He then colluded with the German chieftain Ariovistus (LOL) in order to justify another round of slaughter and looting. And we have just seen that the subsequent rebellion of Vercingetorix was completely contrived.

Well, one thing can at least be said for the former royal family. They would not have allowed world population to swell into the billions, although their means of limiting population was savage. Also to their credit, Christianity was an attempt of population control through voluntary celibacy and refraining from sexual relations in general. It was a move towards humane treatment, but ultimately a failure. The people were still kept in ignorance and made to feel guilty for even thinking about pursuing pleasure in their short, brutish lives.

It turns out that one of the most effective ways to limit population growth is through personal wealth and education. Unfortunately, sharing the wealth is probably not going to happen.