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Archimonde0_0

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28th August 2006

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#1 10 years ago

Well, last night I was thinking to myself, and I'm deciding to touch up on my Roman History, starting from the 3rd century BC to the Dark Ages, and I'm curious as to any ancient resources, either historians, biographers, or otherwise, that you can lead me to for reading.

Currently I'm reading Plutarch's "Histories" and some of Josephus' works.

so if you know any great ancient scholars, Greek, Roman, Galic, or otherwise, let me know!




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#2 10 years ago

Adrian Goldsworthy's book on the Punic Wars was one of the greatest history books I've ever read, really brings it to life. Edit: Oops, didn't realize just ancient historians, sorry. I know that Livy can't be trusted, too nationalistic, stick with Plutarch. Also, Polybius the Greek is a great source.




jagass

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#3 10 years ago

Oh...You look like a book lover..Aren't you?...




Von Mudra

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#4 10 years ago

And is there something wrong with making love to fine leather bound books?




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#5 10 years ago
And is there something wrong with making love to fine leather bound books?

Well, how are you going to do it?




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#6 10 years ago

When I still had Latin in school we read Julius Caesars "De bello Gallico", his memoirs about the Gallic Wars. Except for Caesar we also read texts by Marcus Tullius Cicero (philosphy and politics) and others I unfortunately canĀ“t remember (one wrote about the erruption of the Vesuvius, but I forgot his name..).




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#7 10 years ago

I don't know much about Roman literature, but if you're also interested in some greek historic works, then Xenophon's Anabasis is a very readable adventure story. It's not Roman and a littlebit earlier than 300 BC but nevertheless an interesting story about Greek mercenaries in Persian service who have to fight their way home. Another one would be Thukydides' history of the Peloponesian war. It's also from the same time period and Greek but one of the best ancient history works.




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#8 10 years ago

You could try out Appian's "Roman History" in which he deals with various wars including the civil war, some of the Tacitus' works or Polybius.

Here are links to some of those works so you can see if you like them: Appian, The Foreign Wars (ed. Horace White) Appian, The Civil Wars (ed. Horace White) Polybius, Histories

These two sites are great source if you want to read Ancient authors works online: Library of Ancient Texts Online Perseus Digital Library and Perseus




Ofw. Josef Schneider

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#9 10 years ago

I cannot believe none has mentioned Tacitus yet. ;)

Or, if you want something written by one of the most important men in history, try "Res Gestae" of Augustus. (It's not to long, here's the link: [COLOR=Blue]http://classics.mit.edu/Augustus/deeds.1b.txt[/COLOR]). Or De bello Gallico, of course, as already mentioned.




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#10 10 years ago

Well, the list of authors and titles available is definetely long. And Plutarch is probably one of the best, most scientifically and very critical regarding the reliability of sources. You won't get anything better to read after that.

I'd like to mention Herodotus from Halikarnassos and his works 'Histories'. Herodotus was the first historian actually called a historian by later generations. He is covering the war between greeks and persians in the 6th and 5th century BC. He is not very critical in his reviews and mentions everything he heard of, opposing the different sources against each other without judging. Thus you get tales and facts mixed up for you to judge the truth.

Herodotus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

However, I got some respect. Ancient history and these ancient tales can be very fraud to bear. Good luck.




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