Help me out, Hivemind. I'm looking for respectable, scholarly books, friendly to the layman, on the early beginnings of Christianity. More specifically, I'm interested in its first few centuries. I'm also hoping to attain a better understanding of Gnosticism and its place in Christianity's history. I am NOT looking for New Age-y neognostic inculcations.
I'm visiting my brother, studying abroad in Rome, at the end of November. I was planning on staying with him, but he just told me that wouldn't be possible. So I'll need a hostel or cheap hotel. It'll be for nine days, so I'd really rather not break the bank. His apartment is in the Trestevere area, so hopefully I can stay around there. I'm not opposed to hostels or other "outside the box" ideas, as long as they're clean and relatively safe. [more inside]
I'm going to the UK and Italy for 5 months for work and am having trouble getting the banking situation worked out. [more inside]
Reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Spoilers: [more inside]
Which of the dozens of English translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" is best for younger readers prioritizing beautiful, readable, lyrical and contemporary wording? Not looking for "... For Dummies"-level; just trying to avoid the KJB-style "thines" and "mayests" and so on. Willing to sacrifice textual fidelity for the most readable, accessible prose. [more inside]
So I've been pecking away at a book for a while, encountering the typical novice writer issue of not getting past 100 pages or so before things start to stall. Can you help me figure out who my heroes will do battle with? [more inside]
What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
Ok, I could have sworn I read this book multiple times when I was a kid, but nobody seems to remember it exists including my cat-loving, children's literature professor mom who gave it to me. I'll try to list every thing I can remember about it in the extended explanation. To summarize, it takes place in an Italian town where a young-fountain-making apprentice wants to make his own fountain so that all the stray cats around him will have some place to drink. As he is poor, he cobbles together the material from things he can find, and in the end I do believe he ends up making the fountain. My mom and the internet don't seem to remember this book, but I think it did exist. Maybe you guys will come up with something. [more inside]
Is the Sunday edition of The New York Times available for purchase in Paris, Rome, Venice or Florence. If so, where can it be purchased?
Two US citizens flying from Rome (FCO) to London (Heathrow LHR) in a couple weeks. The flight is at 6:35am. Our ride to the airport can only drop us off at 10pm the night before. Will we be ALLOWED to wait in the airport during that time? [more inside]
I can't believe I waited this long to ask the MeFi hive-mind, but here we are. In 24 hours my wife and I will be leaving on our honeymoon to the above-mentioned destinations. What I'm looking for are some cool, unusual, secret, or just plain "local favorite" things to do and places to go. Rather than simply pointing me to other sites offering collected reviews of places (tripadvisor, et al) I'm hoping to get some first-hand recommendations from you all. Time will be rather short in each city (3-4 days each) so let's try to stay within the cities themselves, as we won't really have time for outlying excursions. To give you an idea of what we're after, my wife and I are both lifetime members of the gothic subculture, and she in particular is very interested in fashion. Eccentric bars/pubs are also favorites. We leave on May 4th, but feel free to contribute later in the week, as I'll be eagerly checking this thread for your suggestions. Cheers, MeFi!
My friend will be visiting Rome and Venice on her honeymoon in a few months. She loves the Italian card game Bang! and has joked that she expects to play it in Italy. Is there a way for me to actually make this happen for her? [more inside]
Next week, my 10 year old daughter and I will be in Rome for 3 days; what should we see? [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]
I'm going to Rome. I have one free day to use as I see fit. What should I do? [more inside]
It's happening!! Mr. Concolora and I are flying out to London tomorrow to start our three week tenth wedding anniversary European extravanganza and I'm about to pop with excitement. We're going to be in London, Paris, Dijon, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, and Rome and we'd love some recommendations on where to eat. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
Four of us are coming in on different flights and terminals throughout a single morning - what landmark in the Fiumicino airport can we all meet by?
I am planning a trip to Italy this summer. I will have several days within Rome, and am looking forward to exploring the nooks and crannies of the city. I've read that I should only carry enough money for each day, in case of being mugged -- works for me. Regarding ID, would it be a good idea to leave my passport in our rented apartment, and carry my driver's license and/or a photocopy of my passport within the city? These seem like less dire things to lose while travelling.
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?
Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
Traveling to Italy, have questions. [more inside]
I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
Where should I go shopping for boots, belts, and funky clothing generally in Italy (Florence or Rome)? [more inside]
What are low-cost or online resources for a young Italian man with anxiety disorder and/or depression in Rome? [more inside]
Traveling to Italy for eight days starting the evening of 12/25/2012. We'll be in Rome, Venice and Milan. Please tell me "must-sees" or "must-dos" while I am there with my husband and 8 year-old son.
Italy travelfilter: The girlfriend and I are headed to Italy for a late in the year vacation and need help! We've done a lot of the major cities before and are looking for something more rural, but that makes planning a challenge, given our complete lack of experience with the Italian countryside. Help greatly appreciated! [more inside]
Cool towns around Rome to visit? [more inside]
Caravaggio-filter: help me find all the Caravaggios in Rome. Is there a list? [more inside]
Two of us are spending a week in Italy soon -- Rome, Florence, Venice. Help us find some cool places to stay!
Two of us are spending a week in Italy soon -- Rome, Florence, Venice. Help us find some cool places to stay! [more inside]
I will be backpacking in Rome, Florence, and Pisa this summer. What are the best walking tour operators in those cities? [more inside]
Historyfilter: how would I go about identifying and actually contacting G.I.s stationed in Rome post-WW2? I'm hoping there may be an uncomplicated way to reach the octuagenarians who spent some significant amount of time in the city right after the war. [more inside]
Thinking of going to Rome later in the year (me + Mrs Croc + 2 kids, 7 and 10) for a few days. Any advice welcome on locations to stay and things to see that will appeal to kids. [more inside]
Help me find good areas to stay in in Rome and Siena. [more inside]
Ciao Roma! I have two questions about traveling TO and THROUGH Rome this summer. [more inside]
We're going to Rome in a month's time, and are looking for great places to eat that won't mind us bringing our baby along. Any other tips for enjoying Rome with a push chair/stroller are also welcome!
I'm doing a last minute long weekend for my wife's birthday in Rome in a couple of days. I've got some good feedback on dining ideas, but I'd love any suggestions for other tourist stuff to do in the dead of winter. We've done most of the big sights, but special exhibits at the galleries or off the beaten trail suggestions very welcome.
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?
EuroTravelFilter: Help us determine stops, a route, strategies, tips, dangers, etc. for our Summer 2012 Rome-Baltic odyssey, currently in its very early planning stages. What can we hope to achieve in ~2 weeks and $3-4k? [more inside]
Foodie trip to Italy- what restaurants shouldn’t I miss in Rome? What’s the best plan for a day of wine tasting in Florence? Where should we take pasta-making lessons in Bologna, and is there really nothing to do in Milan? [more inside]
Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
Looking for follow-up TV series and movies to Rome. [more inside]
IN which work does the Roman historian Livy state that the Roman empire started to decay when cooks acquired celebrity status? [more inside]
I'm exploring the idea of moving to Europe for a year or two -- preferably to Rome or Paris, and don't know where to start my research. Pretty much all I know right now is that I loved both places when I visited, and I want to give living in one of those cities a try. [more inside]
Traveling to Italy/Paris in the middle of August and looking for hostels. [more inside]
Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting? [more inside]
Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
Travel filter: Venice and Rome in 8 days? [more inside]