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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:32 AM

Anyone else fascinated by The later Roman Republic?

More than any other place and time period, the history of Rome from the end of the 3rd Punic War to the assassination of Julius Caesar just fascinates me to no end. There seems to be something about a politically decadent republic that has come to rule an empire that causes it to produce a lot of colorful historical figures; Scipio Africanus, The Gracchus brothers, Gaius Marius, Lucius Sulla, Lucullus, Marcus Livius Drusus, Pompey, Cicero, Marcus Crassus, Sergius Catalina, Clodius Pulcher, and Julius Caesar; among others.

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Reply Anyone else fascinated by The later Roman Republic? (Original post)
Odin2005 Oct 2012 OP
Judith Geary Oct 2012 #1
JDPriestly Oct 2012 #2
mjrr_595 Oct 2012 #3
Leontius Oct 2012 #4

Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 08:31 PM

1. Me and Getorix

I certainly am. In writing a series of books for young adult readers, I've become immersed in the beginning of the first century BCE - the aftermath of the battle of Vercellae. Originally, I wrote a short story for a class taught by Orson Scott Card, and when he said the story was a young adult novel - to expand it and send it out- I was trapped into doing the necessary research. Of course, I was hooked. In the series, Getorix is a Celtic captive from the battle and Marius is the evil force behind the plot. The "rebellion" around the elections of 100 BCE provided a wonderful framework for the second book. From there, I've just followed the threads forward and backward as the plots weave together.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:20 AM

2. I've been reading a very sketchy history of the Mediterranean area.

It barely touches on the late Roman Empire but whets my curiosity about it more.

I also read the biography of Cleopatra published a few years ago. It's just fascinating history although, from the little I know, the lifestyles and values of the leaders of the time were often repulsive.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:46 PM

3. wow, very fascinating

 

love ancient history

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Sat Oct 27, 2012, 07:38 PM

4. An amazing time where unbridled ambitions and the chance to fulfill it

came together.

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