Senators: D Rad Parthicus, Sted Endriago Drakon, Strymon Odrysius Parthicus, Janu Shimada Vindelici, Aurelius Romanov-Phoenix, Petrus Gaius Pompeius, Tybalt Caproni, Miles Maximus, Gaius Antigos
Citizens: Zarek Antonius, Pax Magnus Pompeius, Alexi Romanov-Phoenix, Venetius Metellus, Asharr Furius Panius, Ras Parthicus, Gaius Quinctius Flamininus, Helios of Dacia, Desiderium Baiae, Prince JinChang Floreo Karu, Popov, Skip Scipio
Apologies: Emperor Stephanus Galtier
I. OPENING STATEMENT BY CONSUL D RAD PARTHICUS
Salvete my friends and family. That is what you all are to me and I hope to each other. We do not always get along, but we are all genuinely committed to this community and this special place we have built here. From time to time we are all called upon to be our best selves, to set aside differences, to soften our words with one another and to remember that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.
This is one such time.
As all of you should know by now, Regulus, the dear husband of our beloved Emperor is ill and is going through surgeries and probably a long recovery. Our Caesar has chosen, as is right to do, to be with his husband in the RL, to emphasize his role as partner, caregiver, companion and soul mate to he who is most important. I ask you all to send your prayers and thought to the Emperor and to Regulus. AND, I ask you all to take your own role here seriously. We can survive and even thrive in the Emperor's absence because we are a family. He is, clearly, the Pater Familias. And if he has done his job well, which I believe he has, then our family, our Romanum Family is on firm footing. You have in this room many strong and capable leaders
Consul Stef and I are in regular contact with the emperor and have agreed to keep small things off his table. We need to burden him with this stuff when he has so much more to focus on. So, bring things to the Consuls and Proconsuls, to the Tribunes and Senators... step up to the plate yourself and keep the wheels in motion. Let us make Romanum sparkle for the Emperor and dear Regulus when they return. This is your charge and this is the thing I know we can all do.
Long live Caesar and long live the Empire!!
II. WELCOME CENTRE PROGRESS REPORT BY TRIBUNE RUGGERIS BRITANNICUS
The Welcome Centre was completed for move down as commanded by His Highness on the due date set at the previous meeting, and facilitated by his gracious participation, with the aid of Edward Ballinger. I would particularly like to thank Ed, Lead Tribune Ras Parthicus, Tribune Popov and all the other citizens and noble romans who aided us in the construction of this new Centre, which we hope will provide a much better and more informative introduction to our great city for visitors in the first instance.
Of course this is just the beginning of the work which is ongoing. There are several elements to be refined and completed, such as the histories to be dispensed from each of the Noble Family Crests, improving the Welcome Pack and various other small modifications and additions, together with regular updates for all information at suitable points in the future.
It is hoped, as Great Stephanus indicated at the last Senate, that the Welcome Centre Group will be retained so that members can update their own material as often as necessary, while of course the Imperial and City matters will continue to be in the control of the Emperor, Consuls and Proconsuls.
It has been a singular honour to be entrusted with such an important and highly complex task, which I hope I have prosecuted to the best of my abilities, such as they are.
III. COORDINATORS REPORT BY SENATOR JANU SHIMADA VINDELICI
In March, Romanum celebrated the festivals of Mars and Minerva, thanks to Flamines Kaeso and Petrus.
The Olympics ands Anniversary celebrations took place in late March. Congratulations to all the participants. Thanks to those who helped arrange events and lay out courses, including Kaeso, Markus, Petrus, Popov, Ras and Tybalt
Honours list of Olympic champions:
Gold Ixion Parthicus Ἰξίων Παρθίκος (uroskin)
Silver Tybalt Caproni
Bronze Gaius Antonius Menelaus (gage.colinsgrove)
Gold Gaius Quinctius Flamininus (finnmcculloch)
Silver Tybalt Caproni
Bronze Talos Raven Westland (talospup) and Strymon Odrysius Parthicus (strimon)
This weekend, Flamen Gaius has held a festival to Ceres, with Rector Tybalt holding special games.
On 21 April, Flamen Callixtus of Venus will hold a Vinalia Urbana, for our winegrowers.
Floralia will be 28 April - 4 May. Events include a circus, a garden contest, an art contest, and a performance by Prince Jin. If anyone would like to add an event, please contact me.
Later in the year, Jin also plans to perform a play written by Prince Regulus. If you would like to assist, please contact him.
V. ROLEPLAY COMMITTEE REPORT BY ZAREK ANTONIUS
Apologies for the RPC not meeting the last few months. RL responsibilities and manufactured SL drama have impeded my ability to hold meetings. I will be setting up a meeting in the next few weeks to get the committee back on track. I also want to reiterate a point that has been made at almost all of the RPC Meetings - the RPC is not the governing body for RP in ROM (that is very apparent since RP, in various forms, continues in ROM). The committee is meant more to facilitate and assist those who have needs or do not know how to formulate/prepare an RP event. Therefore (and, again, as has continued in ROM), RP events can (and have) continued even though the RPC has not met.
In terms of information to convey, I know that some in ROM including the Consuls and the Emperor were concerned about our RP interaction with the Alexandrians (due to their adaptation of an alternative RP timeline in which Octavian lost and now Marcus and Cleopatra rule the Roman Empire from Egypt, calling it the Roman Eastern Empire. I met with them in January to discuss this and we laid out some preliminary talking points but that was superseded by a message I received from them at the beginning of March, in which they indicated that the "Roman Eastern Empire is dead.” Without getting into the details (which were scant in the first place), they made this decision due to inactivity by that faction of people in their lands (on their sim). They also indicated that Marcus is no longer Emperor due to inactivity and even if he comes back, they would not accept him as the Emperor - "those days are over.” Therefore concerns voiced here in ROM about how to interact with the Alexandrians due to their Emperor and alternative RP scenario are now moot. The Alexandrians have returned to their original Egyptian RP roots (as they were when we first met them) and I will be looking to coordinate events with them in the future
VI. TRIBUNATE REPORT BY TRIBUNE LEADER RAS PARTHICUS
First and foremost, we the Tribunes and Plebeians of Romanum, pray for our beloved Emperor Stephanus Galtier and his husband RegulusAntius Rufus that the Gods might bestow upon them all the favours for a speedy recovery and return to Romanum. Ita Est
The Tribunate continues to follow-up a number of matters outstanding from last year and I am happy to say that some progress has been made on most issues.
In the absence of Caesar, I have met with Consul Rad recently concerning a number of items discussed at the last Plebeian Meeting. The aim being to resolve issues without a lot of scrolls flowing backwards and forwards between the different arms of government.
One of the items was to do with the status of the Servi/Slaves - and we welcome the Agenda Item concerning the formation of the Group - with the task of making a final proposal within one month's time and reporting to the Consuls.
Further issues discussed with Consul Rad included:-
- Upgrading the free outfit in the giveaway kits at the Welcome Centre - I am working on this (having different copies of a Toga for the classic and all the mesh body types is a challenge);
- Attendance at the Welcome Centre to greet new visitors - I will be encouraging my servi to check out the Welcome Centre from time to time and will endeavour to do so myself. I am hoping that Tribunes and Senators will also take the opportunity to greet visitors to the Romanum Welcome Centre.
- The matter of trees, especially Romanum V, will be held in abeyance until the Emperor returns to take up full duties.
The Tribunate also congratulates Ruggeris Britannicus for his Overseeing of the successful Renovation of the Welcome Centre along with a number of other citizens.
Please note also that I am looking at a competition to produce recent videos of Romanum and activities in the City. Any assistance in donating prize money for such a competition would be welcome.
Zarek Antonius: I am happy to offer my assistance with the outfit (I know the pains of dealing with multiple AV types as that is what I - or more precisely, my resource - had to deal with regarding the Senatorial Toga)
VII. SLAVERY ISSUE, STATEMENT BY CONSUL D RAD PARTHICUS
I will convene a working group with the task of making a final proposal within one month's time. There has been plenty of discussion, so I really think we need action now. I will act as the group chair, but it shall have appropriate representation from the key bodies., Senate, Tribune, Slaver, slaves, temples if there is a direct connection. Anyone who wishes to share information, ideas that have not already been shared a million times, should contact a member of the working group.
I have actually invited almost all of the representatives noted and we will start to meet soon. This is not a group to debate policy, but rather to take what we've already debated and put it into a document for ratification.
VIII. REDEVELOPMENT OF PAN'S SHRINE BY PROCONSUL ASHARR FURIUS PANIUS
The Pan's Shrine site at Pompeii has finally been renovated to now be Antinous Academy. Special thank you to my brothers Agrippa and Ptolemy for building the Academy and putting up with me during the build. Consul Rad, Strymon, Rasberia and the Emperor for there help with the land issues.
The Antinous Academy will be open to all citizens and will function as a gallery and teaching area. The focus of the Academy to start with will be to promotion and encouragement of photography in sl and the male form. Titusremus will be the curator of the gallery and i hope to have him teaching basic photography classes starting May on Saturdays for an hour.
It is planned that the Academy is also and extension of Titus's current group Faunication which i make static modeling poses for. Faunication is a small group run to promote photography and all poses are given out free only no charge is made on photos or poses.
The monthly group pose gift will be available at the Academy for those who are interested.
All are welcome to use the Academy to run classes or events.
Prince JinChang Floreo Karu: Isn't there a competition clause that states only one group can be doing the same thing? Isn't Popov's gallery the same? I know this from my dealings with wolf and a group him and I had together.
Janu Shimada Vindelici: Personally, I think there's an opportunity for the two arts facilities to work together. I'd encourage conversation between you. And promote each other.
Zarek Antonius: Could you explain the [Antinous] Academy name choice - as it is not affiliated with the Antonius family in any way - I don't want there to be confusion.
Asharr Furius Panius: Antinous Academy is named after the last Roman Divinity Antinous the lover of Hadrian who drowned in Egypt thought it may look like Antonius it is not and i confer with Zarek the Academy has nothing to do with the House of Antonius unless members wish to study there.
For Rad's question the LM will be sent out shortly for the Academy which is situated on the river bank at Pompeii, the first notice should be sent this week informing about classes.
Lastly to Jin's question about a competition clause the Academy is designed for not only a gallery which is the main part but to hold classes for photography and any other class that any citizen wishes to hold, on checking the group notices from the Romanum groups I have yet to see any classes announced in the last few months and doubt i have seen one in the last year, therefore i do not see a competition, Though Jin if you can show me say an Photography class notice i will stand corrected.
Prince JinChang Floreo Karu: So it's not a gallery? Just a school? Ours is a gallery and no we do not offer classes. However Popov does hold many art competitions.
IX. PRAYER FOR THE SAFE RETURN TO HEALTH OF REGULUS ANTIUSRUFUS, BY ƤЄƬƦƲƧ ƓƝƛЄƲƧ ƤƠMƤЄƖƲƧ
As flamen legatus of the temple of Minerva, I'll say a little prayer for the healing of Regulus, on behalf of all of us
Oh, Mighty Jupiter, I plead for Your blessings upon our Emperor and his husband Regulus. Oh Mighty Mercurius, I plead for Your blessings. Oh, Mighty Apollo and Mighty Aesculapius,we ask that you protect the husband of our Emperor and grant him healing so again, joy in Rome reigns.
X. BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR
Janu Shimada Vindelici: First, can I just remind you about the garden contest, and notices will go out about Floralia art.
Ras Parthicus: The next Plebeian Meeting will be held in the Rostra Sunday 28 April at a time to be announced.
Zarek Antonius: Two points - I: Apologies to Asharr, I did misread the name but am appreciative of his explanation nonetheless; and II: we have things in order back on our ancestral island, we will provide more information about the family and how you can visit our home.
As I’m sure you all have seen played out on various platforms, the Antonii have had internal family issues over the last several months. As with all family matters, we prefer to keep the details private, as they relate to the family and not the general public (though sadly, some do not continue to hold that belief now that they are no longer Antonii). As a result, the family has changed and only those who have the Antonius name and are part of the Antonii of Rome Family Group are actual members of our family. The Antonii Head of the Family is now Dαмισи Draco Aήţόήίùş. The Four Consiliario for the family are Dαмισи Draco Aήţόήίùş; myself (Zarek Antonius); Xal Antonius; and Gaius Antonius Menelaus. I remain the Family Scribe. We are currently back at our ancestral home for the time being. Both Gaius Antonius Menelaus and myself have small homes in Pompeii should anyone need to reach us (and any of The Four Consiliario are reachable via NCs passed along to us, as IMs get capped). Once we have things in order back on our ancestral island, we will provide more information about the family and how you can visit our home.
Next Open Senate meeting on Sunday 19 May at 11am SLT