The Decline and Fall is obviously the first thing most people recommend, but I'm looking for something similarly comprehensive, but written more recently. Any recommendations?
Are there any good discussion boards or email lists for an amateur ancient history enthusiast? [more inside]
In the American version of his autobiography, Klaus Mann uses the metaphor of Jupiter and Minerva to talk about his maternal grandparents. In the German version, he changes this to Jupiter and Juno. It seems that Jupiter and Juno are married (but are also siblings. ick), while Minerva is basically Jupiter's daughter, so Juno is a more appropriate goddess to name in the metaphor. Am I missing something? [more inside]
Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations set my imagination ablaze, and while I've loved Homer's works right now I'm interested in works written in, say, the last century that take place in those times, or thereabouts. [more inside]
Tyring to recall the title of a book: a society which follows a largely Roman style of rule. There are (IIRC) three real social classes: male Centurions, male slaves/servants and women. From the outside, it appeared that the military structure was the ruling class, but the women were breeding out aggression and seeing that all aggressive men became Centurions and the others appeared to be slaves/servants.
I'm helping a friend start up a small guided tour company and am looking for ideas to market it. [more inside]
Is it Hercules? Ulysses? Odysseus or some other old mythic dude? What's the myth where he (whoever he is) has to fight a terrible creature, and it keeps changing shape. The key to triumph has something to do with the fact that he's strong enough (physically or mentally) to hold on through all these changes? Is this ringing a bell? What myth am I misremembering?
I'm learning that many of the customs and traditions that I think of as Roman actually originated from the Etruscans instead. Can anyone recommend some good books, videos, or websites about ancient Etruscan culture and history?
I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
I had a Humanities teacher in High School many, many years ago who, in the course of a lesson, introduced a word that I cannot remember. This word described the act of leaving the lower parts of a highly placed relief carving unfinished, as no one would see the work. [more inside]
Ancient Rome filter! Any good ideas for a short activity based on: the fall of Rome, Roman Britain, and/or Rome's impacts in the modern world? [more inside]
So I'll be in Paris for six days in the beginning of February. I have my cheap not-quite-a-room all set up (thanks, airbnb!) and some mild conversational skills all primed and...basically no other plans, other than vast quantities of pastries. So what do you, o wonderful Mefites, suggest? In search of: museums, especially odd ones and/or Romans, fancy paper... [more inside]
What is the day-to-day experience like for a true follower of a polytheistic religion, when that religion has an inherent hierarchy? [more inside]
What tunes would the roman emperor Nero have been likely to have played on his fiddle?
Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting? [more inside]
Calling all Roman Catholics, Nuns, and Priests! Help me incorporate the Rosary into a Funeral Service for my best friend! (kinda long) [more inside]
Why do we say 'Mark Antony' and not 'Marcus Antonius?' His name seems unique among Romans in the way we name them now - is it?
I took Latin classes for three years but interest has recently waned. Know of any Ancient Roman(/Ecclesiastical/Medieval) page-turners? [more inside]
How would one say "red laws" or "the red laws," in the context of the Roman civil statutes, in Latin?
What kind of racial harmony was there within the Roman Empire? [more inside]
What is the name of this fantasy book that I only vaugely remember? [more inside]
I'm a college senior who's minoring in Classical Humanities. How can I stay up-to-date in this field after graduation? [more inside]
I am attending film school where I am putting together the proposal for an ambitious film that takes place in the Roman era, in tent interiors. Now, the Romans used leather for tents, however I'd like to use a cheaper alternative, such as brown canvas. Should I use canvas? Where can I get largish quantities of canvas/tent making material? (Some source specific to Vancouver would be very helpful!)
I'm trying to find a good atlas that shows all of the Roman Roads built throughout the Roman Empire for my pastor friend. I think there were some 53,000 miles of highway built by the Romans, and, as he is preaching through Acts and following Paul's journeys, he'd like to have a good atlas that shows the period Roman district names, cities, terrain features, and especially the roads. Do you have any idea where he might find something like that?
I need a script that will extract from a dictionary all words that contain a certain set of letters. e.g: "a", "b", e" should return "abe", "babe", "a" etc. I know this is trivial in perl: however I want the biggest dictionary I can get my hands on, not just the default on linux. So I guess my question has two parts: can you please point me to this script and also point me to the biggest free dictionary in one or all of these scripts: roman, cyrillic, greek. This possibly has been implemented as a website. Which website?
Quote/saying: Old grass on new green? Old knowledge on new grass? I can't remember! [more inside]
Source for better-quality womens' Roman toga-type costumes? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
Obsessivewordenthusiastfilter: I'm writing a paper and I'm trying to portray a certain situation which I feel would be best conveyed with the use of an allusion, preferably to a Greek or Roman myth. More inside! [more inside]
My wife & I have been netflixing the HBO series "Rome" and continually find ourselves asking "did that really happen?" or "is that historically accurate?", which has lead us to wonder which book is the definitive "must read" to understand the Roman Empire during Caesar's time?
I'm trying to get my hands on a TV commercial from a few years ago for some financial or business company, with a vision of a modern Roman Empire. What I remember: Caesar steps out of an SPQR limousine, illuminated by flashbulbs and surrounded by black-suited, earpieced Praetorian guard, then an image of a Roman New York, with a statue of Caesar instead of Liberty. Any pointers on finding this commercial? Also, are there any fictional works that deal with the what-if subject of the Modern Roman Empire? Thanks!
I'm looking for a font a lot like Trajan, but with lowercase letters included. Any ideas? Free or low-cost is good, but not required. This is for a website - display, not text.
Did the greeks, romans, and egyptians actually use cosmetics with a mercury content? [more inside]
Is there a roman equivalent to the figure orpheus in greek mythology? [more inside]
In a roman myth, Apollo is walking on a beach. Evening is coming and he needs a place to spend the evening. He sees an old man and women ands asks if he could spend the night with them. They take him into their home and give up everything that they own for his comfort. In the morning Apollo wants to reward them for their generosity but does not want to reveal his identity. He decides his gift will be for them to pass away together. Who are these people? Does this myth have a name? How can greek and roman myths be referenced through a description such as this?
With the election of a new pope, I'd like to take this opportunity to permanently distance myself with the Roman Catholic church and I want them to know about it in an official manner. So what is the process that I must follow to become excommunicated? [more inside]
I'm looking for some good websites with information on ancient Roman and/or Greek religion. Information on Dionysius- cult, temples, etc.- would be even better. Thanks.
Help me rediscover a passage from an Ancient Roman writer. [let's go] [more inside]