nit-pick: res publica res=issue, matter, "thing"; publica=popular,  
something of the people, "public"

The meaning of "republic" is therefore that matters of the state are  
also matters of interest and importance to the people.

Wesley Parish

On 13/02/2012, at 9:51 PM, Nikolay Ivankov wrote:

> I'm not really sure that this is the question to the LCS, even less  
> than
> the previous question by Nicole. However, there are several hints I  
> may
> give.
> First of all, what you describe resebles, with small historical
> "oscillations", USA around the war for independence. Slavery,  
> democracy,
> the steam power is nigh, the science is still somewhat Renaissance.
> So what will really resemble Antiquity in your conworld? Is it only  
> about
> sandals and togas, or do you mean something else, like lack of  
> gunpowder?
> Furthermore, Greeks were aware of steam engine (in its most simple  
> forms)
> and differential device, and that's the fault of Romans who didn't  
> get the
> point. Greeks were also aware of lens since at least Vth century  
> BC, so
> they could have constructed both telescope and microscope. And, by  
> the way,
> the microscope, as an idea of reversing the telescope, appeared  
> much later,
> because it looks much more practical and fascinating from the  
> beginning to
> know what is far rather than what is right here, but invisibly small.
> As to democracy, Rome before Caesar was a Republic = Rex Publica =  
> Reign of
> People = Demo+Kratia = Demo-Cracy. The development of the democracy  
> was not
> something path-breaking in ancient times, it is actually the  
> monarchy that
> was developing out of egalitarian societies.
> I'm not sure I've answered Your question, but this has nothing to  
> do with
> conlanging so far. So if You want more answers and questions, write a
> personal message.
> Cheers,
> Kolya
> On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 9:15 AM, J. Snow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> The conworld I derived my conlang from is a patchwork of elements  
>> from our
>> own
>> world. I've mainly been dealing with a set time period in this  
>> world, and
>> I've only
>> bothered with a relatively small region, because planning on using  
>> it in a
>> story I'm
>> trying to write.
>> -Society in this region is roughly similar to Roman times (in some
>> places), around
>> 500 BC to 100 AD.
>> -The technology is rather advanced for these types of societies;  
>> steel is
>> beginning
>> to become mass-produced, and steam powered ships and machinery are  
>> common
>> several of the nations of this region.
>> -Science is in a post Renaissance-like stage; the telescope is a  
>> recent
>> invention and
>> microscopes have been around for a century.
>> -Religion is a bit blurred; there is a duothiestic, Christian-like
>> religion that has been
>> around for 1000 years but Romanesque gods are still widely  
>> worshipped.
>> My question is, how might these events have developed into what  
>> they are
>> "today"? And how might democracy develop in this type of situation?
>> (Sorry if I'm being kind of confusing. I'm tired and probably not  
>> thinking
>> clearly.)