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12/28/2014 3:11:33 PM
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I have the book "Mythology" by Edith Thomas, I am going to get Plutarch's Lives, what other books do you think I should get to learn more about Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire?
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12/29/2014 7:19:59 PM
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At 12/28/2014 3:11:33 PM, SNP1 wrote:
I have the book "Mythology" by Edith Thomas, I am going to get Plutarch's Lives, what other books do you think I should get to learn more about Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire?

For Greece you should of course read The Iliad and the Odissey from Homerus. Also the Theogony of Hesiod.

For Rome, I liked The Twelve Caesars of Suetonius and Memoirs of Hadrian from Marguerite Yourcenar
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12/29/2014 7:22:59 PM
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At 12/29/2014 7:19:59 PM, Otokage wrote:
At 12/28/2014 3:11:33 PM, SNP1 wrote:
I have the book "Mythology" by Edith Thomas, I am going to get Plutarch's Lives, what other books do you think I should get to learn more about Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire?

For Greece you should of course read The Iliad and the Odissey from Homerus.

I actually just saw them both in one book for $20

Also the Theogony of Hesiod.

Never heard of this one. What is it about?

For Rome, I liked The Twelve Caesars of Suetonius and Memoirs of Hadrian from Marguerite Yourcenar

What are they about? I will definitely check them out
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12/29/2014 7:42:58 PM
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At 12/29/2014 7:22:59 PM, SNP1 wrote:
At 12/29/2014 7:19:59 PM, Otokage wrote:
At 12/28/2014 3:11:33 PM, SNP1 wrote:
I have the book "Mythology" by Edith Thomas, I am going to get Plutarch's Lives, what other books do you think I should get to learn more about Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire?

For Greece you should of course read The Iliad and the Odissey from Homerus.

I actually just saw them both in one book for $20

They are great. Very entertaining and with great cultural value, since the Greeks considered Homer to be kind of a prophet.

Also the Theogony of Hesiod.

Never heard of this one. What is it about?

Hesiod was considered by the ancient Greeks as a great authority on theology, and The Theogony is the Greek equivalent to the biblical story of Genesis. So you can imagine its enormous importance.

For Rome, I liked The Twelve Caesars of Suetonius and Memoirs of Hadrian from Marguerite Yourcenar

What are they about? I will definitely check them out

The Twelve Caesars is great to get an idea of how the government of Rome was in its Golden Era, starting with the biography of Julius Caesar and ending with the bio of Domitian. It was written by Suetonius, who was contemporary to some of them.

Memoirs of Hadrian is precisely that, the memoirs of the emperor Hadrian (76-138 AD). He is revered as one of most succesful rulers in all history of Rome, important for building the Temple of Venus and responsible for making Greek culture flourish again on the empire. The book is not written by an ancient roman, so it obviously has some artistic licenses, but it is still very historically correct.
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12/29/2014 7:45:46 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 12/29/2014 7:42:58 PM, Otokage wrote:
At 12/29/2014 7:22:59 PM, SNP1 wrote:
At 12/29/2014 7:19:59 PM, Otokage wrote:
At 12/28/2014 3:11:33 PM, SNP1 wrote:
I have the book "Mythology" by Edith Thomas, I am going to get Plutarch's Lives, what other books do you think I should get to learn more about Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire?

For Greece you should of course read The Iliad and the Odissey from Homerus.

I actually just saw them both in one book for $20

They are great. Very entertaining and with great cultural value, since the Greeks considered Homer to be kind of a prophet.

Also the Theogony of Hesiod.

Never heard of this one. What is it about?

Hesiod was considered by the ancient Greeks as a great authority on theology, and The Theogony is the Greek equivalent to the biblical story of Genesis. So you can imagine its enormous importance.

For Rome, I liked The Twelve Caesars of Suetonius and Memoirs of Hadrian from Marguerite Yourcenar

What are they about? I will definitely check them out

The Twelve Caesars is great to get an idea of how the government of Rome was in its Golden Era, starting with the biography of Julius Caesar and ending with the bio of Domitian. It was written by Suetonius, who was contemporary to some of them.

Memoirs of Hadrian is precisely that, the memoirs of the emperor Hadrian (76-138 AD). He is revered as one of most succesful rulers in all history of Rome, important for building the Temple of Venus and responsible for making Greek culture flourish again on the empire. The book is not written by an ancient roman, so it obviously has some artistic licenses, but it is still very historically correct.

Thank you!
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12/30/2014 8:01:06 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 12/29/2014 7:42:58 PM, Otokage wrote:

Do you know if this book is a reliable book or not on Mithra?
The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World
http://www.amazon.com...
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12/30/2014 11:38:17 AM
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In addition to what's already been recommended, you should read The Aeneid for Rome. It describes the mythical founding of Rome. Also, The Metamorphoses is similar to the Theogony, but it's not so organized. You might want to consult the former.
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12/30/2014 12:15:41 PM
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At 12/30/2014 8:01:06 AM, SNP1 wrote:
At 12/29/2014 7:42:58 PM, Otokage wrote:

Do you know if this book is a reliable book or not on Mithra?
The Mysteries of Mithras: The Pagan Belief That Shaped the Christian World
http://www.amazon.com...

I don't know the book, although from what I see, it probably focuses more on the relation the autors have found between Mithraism and Christianity, which could be mixed with a lot of speculation. I also see the autors are famous for their esoteric books, so maybe the book is not very reliable hystoricaly speaking, although it's probably entertaining.

From what I've seen, Mary Boyce is an authority on zoroastrism, which includes the cult to Mithra that romans adopted. She has a book named Mithra the King and Varuna the Master although it seems difficult to find for online shipping.
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12/30/2014 6:21:56 PM
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At 12/28/2014 3:11:33 PM, SNP1 wrote:
I have the book "Mythology" by Edith Thomas, I am going to get Plutarch's Lives, what other books do you think I should get to learn more about Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire?

I would recommend reading History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, the Histories of Herodotus, and the Expedition of Cyrus by Xenophon--these are for Ancient Greece. For Rome: Annals of Tacitus and the Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar.
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