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Ancient history

Discussion in 'Book Search & Suggestions' started by Nostra, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Nostra

    Nostra New Member

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    I'm looking for a book or books about ancient civilizations. You see I'm waiting for a computer game (Rome 2 Total war) and find myself interested about these ancient civilizations, mainly Egypt, Greece, Seleucid Empire, Rome, ... I could take a history book from my 2nd or 3rd grade high school days, but meh I don't feel like it. I'm 30 years old and would prefer a book for adults....

    Can anyone make some recommendations? Titles, authors, ... All is welcome!
     
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    Well, I'm used to reading fantasy so i'll start with some broad chronological overview and see after that. I assume I best start with top one of the list.

    Thanks!
     
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    I never really thought about it until but I wonder how "modern" tactics affect the game assuming that the game is supposed to simulate ancient tactics. Hmmm.
     
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    I suppose that would depend on how much the participants make the effort to learn and follow ancient tactics or not.
     
  6. Nostra

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    Well yes it's a game about ancient times, but we live in 2013 and it's made for a public in 2013 and has to sell also. You have to find the balance between ancient tactics and modern people.

    Anyway besides the point :)
     
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    I have to make a confession - I much prefer the "kids" book about history and stuff like the Dorling Kindersley books.
     
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    Do tell why :)
     
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    Well for starters they aren't boring.
     
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    Have you heard of the, Camulod Chronicles, by Jack Whyte? I really enjoyed them. Here's the synopsis of the first 2 books in the series.

     
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    I've read quite extensively in the Arthurian legend and haven't come across those and they sound quite interesting. Thanks.
     
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    It has been a little while, I really liked them when I did read them so I may have to dig them out and reread.

    Another that may fit your search is, the Firebrand, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

     
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    LOL I think I have every book she has written:)
     
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    I do too, I am not sure if it's that Firebrand was my first but it has remained my favorite by her.
     
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    I agree! I like to use those books for the 9-12 year old readers, as introductions to a topic. Then I expand to adult titles. The Dk books are like a trip to a museum, meant to whet the appetite for more information. I love them.
     
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    I always regarded history as boring. Reading about events that happened hundreds of years ago and trying to remember the dates and strange names was quite painful for me. But now I really love Historical Fiction. The mix of real events and imaginary characters makes it much easier for me to comprehend history. I really wish I was taught History in the form of a long story instead of a huge collection of dates and dynasties :(

    Coming back to the topic I read an excerpt of Nefertiti by Michelle Moran and was quite intrigued by the Egyptian culture particularly the opening scene where a burial is taking place. It has made me curious about Egyptians. And it may be a good book to begin Nostra :)
     
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    This just reminded me of a favourite historical fiction book that I really need to revisit - The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. I read it a few years ago and the richness of the story and how much research George put into it was fantastic. Yeah, definitely need to go reread that one!
     
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    Margaret George is very good, I can't believe I have forgotten her. I read a few of her books years ago and always meant to read more.
     
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