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1) The Roman Emporer Diocletian (late 3rd C, AD) retired from his emperorly duties because he wanted to raise cabbages. (Learned from a "Teaching Company" lecture on the Early Middle Ages.)
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Today I learned that Dunkin' Donuts Iced Latte Lite is disgusting but Dunkin' Donuts Iced Latte is really good.

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1) The Roman Emporer Diocletian (late 3rd C, AD) retired from his emperorly duties because he wanted to raise cabbages. (Learned from a "Teaching Company" lecture on the Early Middle Ages.)


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An "Early Middle Ages" lecture shouldn't mention anything about the events of Late Antiquity?
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Maybe it should, but you've still been had; he was sick. From the horse's mouth (Gibbon):

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A.D. 304. Long illness of Diocletian.
Notwithstanding the severity of a very cold and rainy winter, Diocletian left Italy soon after the ceremony of his triumph, and began his progress towards the East round the circuit of the Illyrian provinces. From the inclemency of the weather and the fatigue of the journey, he soon contracted a slow illness; and though he made easy marches, and was generally carried in a close litter, his disorder, before he arrived at Nicomedia, about the end of the summer, was become very serious and alarming. During the whole winter he was confined to his palace; his danger inspired a general and unaffected concern; but the people could only judge of the various alterations of his health from the joy or consternation which they discovered in the countenances and behaviour of his attendants. The rumour of his death was for some time universally believed, and it was supposed to be concealed with a view to prevent the troubles that might have happened during the absence of the Caesar Galerius. At length, however, on the first of March, Diocletian once more appeared in public, but so pale and emaciated that he could scarcely have been recognised by those to whom his person was the most familiar. His prudence. It was time to put an end to the painful struggle, which he had sustained during more than a year, between the care of his health and that of his dignity. The former required indulgence and relaxation, the latter compelled him to direct, from the bed of sickness, the administration of a great empire. He resolved to pass the remainder of his days in honourable repose, to place his glory beyond the reach of fortune, and to relinquish the theatre of the world to his younger and more active associates. (108)
http://www.ccel.org/g/gibbon/decline/volume1/chap13.htm

Still survived 9 years growing vegetables.

That book (abridged version) has been staring at me from my bedside table for 3 years now. I'm at page 20, 1000 or so to go .
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Maybe it should, but you've still been had; he was sick. From the horse's mouth (Gibbon):


http://www.ccel.org/g/gibbon/decline/volume1/chap13.htm

Still survived 9 years growing vegetables.

That book (abridged version) has been staring at me from my bedside table for 3 years now. I'm at page 20, 1000 or so to go .
OK, then he didn't unretire because he wanted to keep raising cabbages. From your horse, same page:
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His answer to Maximian is deservedly celebrated. He was solicited by that restless old man to reassume the reins of government and the Imperial purple. He rejected the temptation with a smile of pity, calmly observing that, if he could show Maximian the cabbages which he had planted with his own hands at Salona, he should no longer be urged to relinquish the enjoyment of happiness for the pursuit of power
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Hmm, I'l get back to you once I finish reading.
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Hmm, I'l get back to you once I finish reading.
OK. At 7 pages per year, see you around 2150. I'll bring the beer.
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