It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. But the cycle is 224 years. Historians place the peak of the Roman Empire at the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180AD). Subtract 224 years from 180AD and you arrive at the death of Julius Caesar in 44BC. The United States really began in 1789 when George Washington became the first President. Add 224 years, and yes, it is 2013. This is why we have moved the World Economic Conference up to March 18th & 19th in Princeton, New Jersey.