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As Praetor, Aristodemus Deloricus Desponius
held court at Ragnarok. A vanquished foreign king was brought before
him, to be tried for his crimes against the Roman State. Refusing to
kneel, the king told the court, "The Praetor and I are equals, I will stand."
This foreign king
was found innocent of any sedition against the Roman State.
Aristodemus sentenced him to the cross anyway, saying, "You have insulted me
in saying that we are equals, for I am
a Roman, and you are only a king."
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"The Mos Maiorum is a
living document. It's not just where we're coming from, but where we're
-Tobias Deloricus Desponius,
Proconsul and Duke
of Legion II
Mos Maiorum PDF
"For who is there so worthless and lazy
that he would not wish to know how and under what kind of government the
Romans have brought under their sole rule almost the whole of the
inhabited world in less than fifty-three years; for nothing like this
has ever happened before. Or who can be so devoted to any other subject
of study that he would regard it as more important than the acquisition
of this knowledge?"
Literal translation: "the ways of our ancestors." Rome's great
empire was founded on the adherence to old traditions that originally
ensured her rise to dominance over her neighbors. This catch-all phrase
encompassed a great many things about ancient Roman culture. Rome's
religion, martial traditions, government, law, etc. The Mos Maiorum was
the way things were done in Rome, the sense of what a Roman perceived as
fitting and proper. As such, it is the most fitting and proper title for
our society's guidelines and structure. The Mos Maiorum transcends
actual law. It represents and encompasses our traditions and policies.
Our laws are included herein, and are a part of the Mos Maiorum. The Mos Maiorum
is anything written or unwritten, anything stated or implied
about what Rome is. Rome's greatness is owed directly to our adherence
to the Mos Maiorum.
GUIDELINES AND STRUCTURE
FOR OUR SOCIETY OF THE SENATE
AND THE PEOPLE OF ROME
DEDICATED TO THE SENATE AND PEOPLE OF ROME,
THEN AND NOW...
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This document may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the
express written permission of Sean M. Richey, representing the "Senate and
People of Rome."