[[caption-width-right:250:Aeterna Roma Eternal Rome.]]

->"Welcome to Rome, the Eternal city. In a place where the streets are running thick with wine, blood, scandal, ambition, and lust, events happen so quickly that rising to power one day and falling the next is expected. Sweet words, honeyed speeches, and purses of money might milk your way to the top, but one wrong move and it's all over. This is a place where one forges alliances to survive and where enemies can seem as friends until they stab your back. A place where lust and wine are entwined so quickly that marriages are made and dissolved in months. A place where the new young Caesar fights his own Senate for power while trying to find those he can trust.

->Where will you go in such a place as this?"

[[http://www.aeternaroma.com/index.php Aeterna Roma]]is an AlternateHistory [[PlayByPostGames play by post game]] set in [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Ancient Rome]]. Aeterna Roma began in April of 2008, the idea of creators Kate (who has since left us) and Gothic. It has gone through many changes over the years - such as new administrators, new servers, and, of course, a myriad of new players. Nonetheless, many things remain true for [[FunWithAcronyms AeRo]]. The plots stay fun and original, the staff stays friendly and helpful, and the member-base keeps growing.

Along with real-time, [[FunWithAcronyms AeRo]] has continued the same storyline, with in-game developments starting in 51 AD and continuing up until the present. Some characters have aged and gained themselves a place in the world of Roma, some have retired into history, and others have died the victims of war or political maneuvering. Within [[FunWithAcronyms AeRo]], there is a place for everyone.

The Staff:
* Gothic: Remaining founder and head Admin
* Chris (aka [[FanNickname Mr. AeRo]]): Member of [[FunWithAcronyms AeRo]] v1 and co-Admin (and only male staffer!)
* Tanith: Super Moderator
* Riv/Traci: Super Moderator
* Bastet: Super Moderator
* Jimmie: Super Moderator and Wiki/TVTropes Editor

Aeterna Roma also currently has an official vlog, run by the lovely Sammich. It can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOCvV1JbXLM here]].
!!General Site Examples:
* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: The Jewish characters, despite being of mainly Idumean and Sephardi origin, are portrayed by Ashkenazi playbys. This has more to do with the fact that finding mainstream images of other Jewish ancestry outside of Ashkenazi is sadly difficult than any desire by the players.
* AlternateHistory: [[FunWithAcronyms AeRo's]] timeline veers from actual history after Caligula's assassination.
* AncientRome:
* ArrangedMarriage: Doesn't always happen, but the paterfamilias was responsible for marrying off the eligible young maidens.
* AuthorAvatar: Happens with some, though characters become people all their own for the most part
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: While not always the case, most of the characters in power got there by extreme badassness and shrewdness.
* BadassFamily: Many, especially the imperial family.
* BilingualBonus: Quite a few, mostly in Latin. But there are also members with characters from foreign nations who might include their respective languages in posts.
* TheCaligula: The man himself has been long dead, but the emperors and potential emperors the site has gone through haven't been the sanest of guys.
* DawsonCasting: Pretty common when choosing playbys.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Specifically, the court of imperial Rome.
* DoubleStandard: The standards for the age.
* TheDungAges: If you're lower class.
* DysfunctionJunction: Many of the characters have some heavy issues to deal with. It adds to drama and development, when done well.
* TheEmpire: In full swing.
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone: Happens often, usually in the "casually bump into" variety of RP
* FantasticRacism: Toward anyone of non-Roman descent, and quite a few people who are mixed
* FemmeFatale: Quite a few, notably Lucilla Sabucia, Princess Zuleika and Clarissa Flaminia
* FollowTheLeader: A number of Rome-based sites cropped up once Aeterna Roma hit it big, [[{{You Bastard}} some of them even daring to steal directly from the site.]]
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: Pretty common amongst nobility.
* GladiatorGames
* GorgeousPeriodDress: If you're rich enough. [[http://jakking.typepad.com/daily/images/2007/08/24/rome.jpg Come on!]]
* HappinessInSlavery: Despite [[FanDumb popular belief]], the vast majority of slaves, especially household slaves, were treated very well: they were educated, given fine clothes, and sometimes seen as part of the family. One could even make the argument for some that their lives in slavery were better off than the lives they led before being made a slave. Because of this, most slaves were quite comfortable with their lot in life and led rather normal lives.
* KilledOffForReal: Many times, most notably with Emperor Claudius and Emperor Darius.
* LoveDodecahedron: ....Let's just agree to this and move on, shall we?
* MadeASlave: The fate of the majority of slave characters in various ways, especially those captured during war.
* TheMafia: A number of gangs run the underground markets of Rome, such as the Syndicate and the Mandatum.
* ManipulativeBastard: Plenty of them, and not all of them are [[MagnificentBastard magnificent]].
* MrFanservice: In bushels.
* MobWar: Starting to arise within the Roman criminal underground
* MurderTheHypotenuse: A common occurrence
* OddCouple: Many. Efrem the reckless aristocrat with Piso the once-stern pedagogue, Justinus the equite party boy with Akila the beleaguered Egyptian, and [[TakeOurWordForIt Marcellus with... everyone.]]
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Since this is Rome, the more heroic or noble characters commonly mistreat their slaves, rape the enemy, and plot to take out the competition as they see fit. This is a case of MoralDissonance, considering the time period in which this is set.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The barbarians can fall into this, especially if enslaved by Rome.
* TheQueensLatin: Not stated outright, but many of the players attempt to write dialogue that sounds unmistakably British even when the player him/herself is not British.
* RousingSpeech: Many are given by the imperials to align the public to their side.
* RuleOfCool: The reason why some elements of history are forgotten or changed for the benefit of the players.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Very common and almost a requirement for Roman adolescents, especially boys.
* ShoutOut: Too many to count. Finding subtle jokes that reference to modern culture in people's posts is a lot of fun.
* ShownTheirWork: While certain aspects of history and culture must be stretched for creative freedom, those who write information detailing historical and cultural parts of Rome clearly know what they're doing and spend a great deal of time doing research.
* StayInTheKitchen: The view of women in this era. It IS Ancient Rome, after all.
* TranslationConvention: The characters are shown to be speaking English since this is an English-speaking board, but sprinkles of Latin and other languages can be thrown in for extra flavor.
!!OOC Examples:
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Where most of the cbox conversations tend to go.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Being thrown in a cage with the [[HornyDevils GoRyus]], or Jothy.
* FanNickname: Quite a few. Efmo, Sir Ting Ting, Mr. [=AeRo=], and more.
* FreudianSlip: It happens to almost everyone.
* GenderBlenderName: Jimmie, Wes(lie), and Arthur are the most notable examples of confusion.
* GroupHug: We're an affectionate bunch
* {{Hammerspace}}: The Box of Punishment.
* MisterSeahorse: A RunningGag, especially if Ryu is involved.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Why there's so much streaking in the cbox.
* ThatDidntHappen: What happens in the cbox, stays in the cbox.
* WeirdnessCensor: What every member acquires once assimilated into the community.
* [[{{Polyamory}} Wives]]: Everyone is a wife of Gothy.