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What are some good, accessible books on Roman history?

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?
posted by jtothes on Jul 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Discussion boards or mailing lists for ancient history

Are there any good discussion boards or email lists for an amateur ancient history enthusiast? [more inside]
posted by artichoke_enthusiast on Jan 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Can you teach me everything you know about Roman goddesses?

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]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Oct 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Modern Greek or Roman fiction not centered on military or leaders?

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]
posted by gregoryg on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

Book Filter: Dystopian/Utopian Novel with Roman Setting

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.
posted by plinth on Jun 27, 2013 - 1 answer

Ideas to market a guided tour?

I'm helping a friend start up a small guided tour company and am looking for ideas to market it. [more inside]
posted by aisforal on May 15, 2013 - 6 answers

What is this myth I'm misremembering?

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?
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Etruscan resources

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?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Once again I require awesome history books plz

I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Forgotten sculptural terminology with no relief in sight.

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]
posted by patrick rhett on May 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Rome and Britain and 6th grade boys, oh my

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]
posted by jetlagaddict on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Taking my funny face to Paris

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]
posted by jetlagaddict on Jan 20, 2012 - 23 answers

Son of Hades? But isn't Jupiter, like, your bosses' boss?

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]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 13, 2012 - 28 answers

While Rome burns

What tunes would the roman emperor Nero have been likely to have played on his fiddle?
posted by Artw on Jan 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!

Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jul 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Incorporating the Rosary into a funeral service? Some guidance?

Calling all Roman Catholics, Nuns, and Priests! Help me incorporate the Rosary into a Funeral Service for my best friend! (kinda long) [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Mar 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Why 'Mark Antony' and not 'Marcus Antonius?'

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?
posted by tomboko on Feb 25, 2011 - 22 answers

Beyond Ecce Romani

I took Latin classes for three years but interest has recently waned. Know of any Ancient Roman(/Ecclesiastical/Medieval) page-turners? [more inside]
posted by wayland on Jul 23, 2010 - 19 answers

Retranslating "the red laws" back into Latin

How would one say "red laws" or "the red laws," in the context of the Roman civil statutes, in Latin?
posted by Bookhouse on Dec 14, 2009 - 7 answers

candor dat viribus alas

What kind of racial harmony was there within the Roman Empire? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Oct 11, 2009 - 18 answers

Pan and the what?

What is the name of this fantasy book that I only vaugely remember? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Sep 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Arma virumque cano

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]
posted by aheckler on Apr 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Roman emulation

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!)
posted by niccolo on Mar 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Atlas of Biblical Rome in Detail ...

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?
posted by snap_dragon on Feb 6, 2009 - 5 answers

script dictionary

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?
posted by pita on Jan 14, 2009 - 26 answers

Saying filter

Quote/saying: Old grass on new green? Old knowledge on new grass? I can't remember! [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Dec 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Toga! Toga!

Source for better-quality womens' Roman toga-type costumes? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Feb 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

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]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me find a word for this obscure kind of situation!

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]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Dec 9, 2007 - 19 answers

The Roman Empire

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?
posted by tangyraspberry on Jul 1, 2007 - 25 answers

Commercial with Modern Romans?

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!
posted by nervestaple on Jan 6, 2007 - 11 answers

Fonts like Trajan?

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.
posted by expialidocious on Apr 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Mercury in ancient Cosmetics?

Did the greeks, romans, and egyptians actually use cosmetics with a mercury content? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Apr 15, 2006 - 7 answers

roman equivalent for orpheus?

Is there a roman equivalent to the figure orpheus in greek mythology? [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor on Nov 15, 2005 - 9 answers

Roman Myth

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?
posted by Raybun on Oct 11, 2005 - 7 answers

Losing my religion

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]
posted by furtive on Apr 21, 2005 - 32 answers

Roman religion/ Dionysius

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.
posted by rbf1138 on Apr 10, 2005 - 9 answers

Name that ancient Roman passage

Help me rediscover a passage from an Ancient Roman writer. [let's go] [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 9, 2004 - 6 answers

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