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Topic Subject:Picked up a book on Hannibal......
The Phoenix
Clubman
posted 04-02-01 08:16 PM ET (US)         
Hannibal: Enemy of Rome by Leonard Cotrell.

I wanted Livy, but Barnes & Nobles was out of stock, and the employee recommended this one. It's certainly easier to read than Livy. It's nicely explained, too.

Only problem is, the author keeps trailing off into descriptions of the scenery and mentioning fascinating facts like the wine from some district, through which Hannibal passed on his way to Blah, being excellent but cheap and the scarlet flowers being beautiful in the twilight and stuff.

I was shocked to read that around 40,000 men died before he even fought the Romans! Gaulish tribes and the Alpine climate.

-The Phoenix

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Dave
Clubman
posted 04-02-01 09:26 PM ET (US)     1 / 3       
The Phoenix:

I'm glad that you started this thread. I have been looking for a good book on Roman history, something that has a good overview of the rise and fall of Rome and has tons of great illustrations and side discussions of art, architecture, etc... Something that I could put on my coffee table as a great conversation piece ...

Anybody got any good suggestions?

The Phoenix
Clubman
posted 04-03-01 01:54 PM ET (US)     2 / 3       
Well, you can't beat Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

It's full of pictures and illustrations, and deals with the time period from Augustus to the fall of the Western Empire.

Only problem is, it is really hard to follow, and not very good for plain facts. It was written 200 years ago, maybe that's why.

Oh, and it's very famous, so it'll make a good conversation piece.

But I don't recommend it. You should go to a bookstore, go to the History Section, and browse until you find what you want. Something which is not to difficult to follow, but still gives you enough details.

If you're interested in the Second Punic War, for example, I'm finding the aformentioned book excellent.

The Phoenix

Caesar Constintine
Clubman
posted 04-03-01 08:48 PM ET (US)     3 / 3       
I find their are a good many books On Rome and Greece- I've always wanted to know more about Hannibal.


(most of which are written in the 1970's- In Britian, thats what I find my school liberies have most of- everything from The Roman Army, Peoples of the Past, Beyond the Inhabited Wrold:Roman Britian...)

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