Author has written 2 stories for Rome.
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Note: I have added the new chapter and the next one is in the process of being written.
“Love conquers the importance of duty"
If you are reading this, that means you have found my profile page, and I would like to welcome you here. I would like to point out that I never get paid for the work I do, I do it purely for the pleasure of writing this rubbish. Thankfully, a lot of people don't view it as rubbish, they actually say it is very good. Someone said I have started off a fad... I don't know about that but it is nice to know that people enjoy the story enough to write their own Porcia fanfics. Just remember that the "Strictly Patrician" Porcia is mine, I'm not expecting you to write as my Porcia, but if you do... Kindly tell me and direct me to your work because I'd love to see what you've done to her. Anyway, stroll down and you'll get some background on "Strictly Patrician", I assume that is what you came for... You'll have to stroll, my profile information, links, ships and general rubbish is just before it:
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I am what one could call "Romanimiac" (row-man-ee-mee-ac) meaning "one who is obessed with Ancient Rome" and this condition became worse when I got hooked on Rome HBO/BBC and then I discovered that people actually wrote fiction about it. For some reason I took an interest in the historical character Porcia after watching "Julius Caesar" on TV and ever since then I've been writing fanfictions based on Rome and including her in it. It was a little odd leaving her out... and Fulvia too... but that's another story. One I can't be bothered to write...
The ships I sail
I support many ships, historically and Rome-HBO-ically, and as well as my ancient Roman freak-e-ness, I do happen to dig other couples in other stuff as well, though I must confess I'm one of those people who dig one thing per fad, see? Note: The bits under some of the in bracets are just my personal feelings on the pairing. These aren't just my favourite ships they are ones I don't care about and ones I HATE with a passion.
UPDATE: I have added some new ship-tastic ship catergories:
I liked this poem so I thought I'd share it with all of you.
Portia carried for Brutus some days in her thigh
Strictly Patrician just first came from my annoyance that one of the better known historical women were left out in favour of the over dramatised Atia and the curse-mad Servilia (Okay, well Servilia I don't mind because she was fun in history... but Atia?) and I was talking to my cousin online and we were both watching Rome at the time. I just said, "That is not on! There are hardly any love-couples in this series, and the ones they have are made up! I mean Atia and Antony? Please..." and let's face it they aren't really a love couple. One-sided love but not love-love. Plus, thinking historically, I couldn't get why the man who was married to Claudia for eight years (even if he didn't do anything much with her) who then divorced her for no other reason then to marry Porcia, would be lacking his wife. Now, I said to my cousin, Brutus needs a lot of loving in this series (well, he did in season 1... he's dead now... woe is me!) and I decided, "Hey, let us give him a loving!" so we talked about it over MSN, I saved it and forgot about it for a while.
Last year, I came across the text and thought that adding Porcia into the series would be a good idea. This was also fuelled by the fact that many posters on IMdb.com had been complaining of the fact that HBO: Rome is Porcia-less and that Brutus is shamefully Porcia-less. I sat down and just started writing one day when I was supposed to be doing my French work. I had nothing special in my head, I just kept typing and chapter one was born. This was originally posted in an old LiveJournal, and I intended to keep doing that before I took over my brother's account here on FanFiction.net. My brother didn't want it anymore and rather than let it gather dust, he let me have it, said I could just change all the details, delete his stories and put my story on it.
Porcia Catonis, the historical one, was the daughter of Cato and his first wife Atilia. She was described by Plutarch as a brave, devoted, loving woman at the height of her beauty and with strong republican principles to match. Her first marriage to Bibulus is hardly spoken of and only really was interesting when other men asked Cato for her hand in marriage, each one refused because Bibulus wouldn't divorce her. Interestingly enough, one of the most famous of these men was Quintus Hortensius, Cicero's greatest rival. Cato couldn't afford to upset both Bibulus and Hortensius; there was even talk of Porcia marrying Hortensius just so he could produce a son off her (It should be noted that Hortensia, Hortensius' daughter had been married to Quintus Servilius Caepio, Cato's beloved half-brother) nonetheless, Bibulus refused and so Cato divorced his own wife, Marcia, and gave her to him! Another one of Porcia's supposed suitors was Pompey himself!
Porcia married Brutus in June 45 BC, we know this from Cicero's letters, although it appears that the marriage had been "on the table" for much longer than that. It is theory that before he left for Gaul, he may have secretly engaged himself to Porcia without letting everyone. The Pompeian Family appear to have held Porcia in the highest of regards. In her personal life, she proved many times that her love for Brutus was greater than any other force in her life, even her stoic rules. The pair of the appeared to challenge each other over who was more unworthy of who as a spouse. Nonetheless Porcia's love for her husband was very strong. Upon hearing of his death after Phillippi, she killed herself by a burning coal in a desperate attempt to end her life; she'd rather die then survive her husband or her fallen party.
It is my goal to give all of you an interesting story. However, I intend to give you as accurate portrayal of Porcia as possible. Nothing is over dramatised in her character and I want to pick up all of her faults as well as her qualities. I hope that it is these beautiful little faults that make her a good character.
Either way, she has not only inspired me, she has been the insperation for many other writers, especially those who write off Brutus, and her suicide is legend. One of the most notable Porcia lovers was Shakespeare, who not only place her in the only powerful female role in his play "Julius Caesar" but he named one of his most famous heroines, Portia, in "The Merchant of Venice" after her.
‘In Belmont is a lady richly left,
Many have a theory that her strength as a woman inspired his other female characters also, Lady Macbeth for one. I read an article not long ago. You can have a look at it via my online journal; it is on the blog page, highlighted points "Brutus and Porcia in...Scotland". Who could blame him when another famous red-head spoke words that Porcia herself has famously been linked to:
"I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king!" Elizabeth's own words, to what many historians and writers have asserted to Porcia: "I have a man's mind, but a woman's might."
Why write a fanfic about Rome?Well, why not? It is a very rich thing to write about. It all started with just something to take up
Why did you choose to write a story about Porcia, a character missed out,
Why do stay loyal to the plot of the TV series if you dislike its treatment by the writers?The first series was a very good story, or I thought, but that isn't the reason I stay loyal to the story
I think it is great that you make Porcia so amazing, awe inspiring sometimes but
I wanted Porcia to be a realistic as possible, so much so that she has weaknesses, and is no perfect.