Re: Life after Justinian, Poll
Might I commend to your readers as background reading a readily available
re-issue of a 1929 popular history of Hannibal and his epoch. It is simply titled
_Hannibal_. The author is George P. Baker, a noted author "for the educated
masses" on historical and biographical "greats", "turning points" etc. The
reissue is by Cooper Square Press in New York.
It is available through Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble at $16.95. I like it because
author sticks closely to Polybius and Livy, arguing with them (with easy and
unintrusive footnotes) where necessary, trying to resolve contradictions and yet
telling an interesting tale.
He tried to be "conversational" rather than academic/hedging in tone but his
somewhat keyed to the 1920s. It's like a well-read grandparent telling you a tale
that has always fascinated him or her. I prefer it to Leonard Cottrell because
Cottrell seems to speculate a lot without any references, just based on the fact
that he has been over the ground and is
an amateur archaeologist.
I just reviewed the book for a list-server H-Net (the History net), a subdivision
My review should appear in late January or early February.
> Now: What to read after Justinian:
> We could mix in a bit of Plutarch and Polybius and read as far as the Punic
> The first available fiction is on Hannibal and Scipio Africanus, two books by
> Ross Leckie: "Hannibal: A Novel" (both hardcover & paperback) and "Scipio
> Africanus: The Man who defeated Hannibal". There is a lot of background
> reading available of that period for those of you who have a good public
> library or a pocketbook of plenty.
- Hi there,
<< "The Etruscan" by the Finnish author Waltari. It's heavily out of print.
Also, I read it recently and have to say that this is the weirdest book I
have read in a long time! >>
Never thought I'd ever see Waltari mentioned. Has anyone read his book 'The
Roman'? Set in 1st century AD. Interesting if a little farfetched.
Though not my area of interest I'd go with Livy.
Keep up the good work
David the Lurker
Good news on combining groups. I will be back with the discussion group when
it next meets, I hope, and look forward to hearing familiar voices (reading
My vote is for Livy, but I will go along with the crowd.
Another good paperback reference on the Etruscans, also out of print I
believe, is "The Etruscans in the Ancient World" by Von Vacano (Indiana
University Press, LC number 60-16881). Reprinted at least once by St.