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I find ancient Rome bizarrely comforting? today I was having one of those bouts of paranoia/general creeping bad feeling, and I sat down and listened to the History of Rome podcast until it went away. When I feel like everything I like is terrible and nothing's going to make me happy to read/watch/etc. again ever, Roman history and bad classics jokes somehow fix everything.

in other words, REC ME YOUR FAVORITE ROMAN HISTORY BOOKS I WANT THEM.

also, a while ago I read all of [personal profile] dhampyresa's ancient history stuff and discovered that I had secretly had Scipio/Hannibal feelings lurking within me THIS WHOLE TIME. send help. or, like, historical resources so I can write some fic myself.

Date: 2015-02-22 05:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aris_tgd
... I don't know if this is helpful, but I found Tacitus and Livy to both be entertaining, just in different ways. We used the Penguin editions.

I honestly don't recall what secondary sources we used, but I'm sure there were some? I can look it up if you'd rather I not just saunter through your comments being all, "Oh, well, primary sources are obviously the way to go when trying to understand a confusing and chronologically distant society" (because they're really not most of the time)

Date: 2015-02-22 03:02 pm (UTC)
skygiants: the aunts from Pushing Daisies reading and sipping wine on a couch (wine and books)
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I'm currently in the middle of rereading the Marcus Didius Falco books, which are a long series of mysteries on the premise of 'lol hard-boiled Ancient Roman private investigator, LET'S FIGHT CRIME AND MAKE JOKES ABOUT VESPASIAN.' They are far from perfect, and the main character is often an ass, but for tone and lolRomans I find them deeply enjoyable.

Date: 2015-02-22 10:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
You know, I also find Ancient Rome comforting, especially this time of year. Around the Ides of March (widely around), I consider it a good day when I haven't brought down the Roman Republic and/or been murdered by the Roman Senate, both of which puts me one up on Julius Caesar.

For Roman history, I feel like I should point you in [personal profile] sineala's general direction, lmao, but she's been mostly into comics lately. She might still have recs for you.

I had secretly had Scipio/Hannibal feelings lurking within me THIS WHOLE TIME

Today you, TOMORROW THE WORLD!

Okay, for sources there's the primer I wrote that has links at the end and I think the relevant bit of my yuletide letter has slightly different ones.

And I can't reccomend enough the Hannibal/Scipio fics that weren't written by me. Yes, I know they were written for me, but they are excellent.

Date: 2015-02-26 11:25 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
I CLAIM FULL CREDIT!

(You're welcome.)

Date: 2015-02-22 11:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
I haven't read much nonfiction about Roman history (since reading Tacitus etc in college) but this bio of Augustus comes highly recommended.

Also, if you haven't read Robert Harris's Cicero novels (first one is Imperium</em), I enjoy these a lot -- they're basically courtroom procedurals based on real cases Cicero handled, styled as the 'lost' diary of the Greek slave who was his law clerk.

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