Now that we are finishing up Hannibal soon and then occupy ourselves with
Scipio Africanus for the rest of May and June, I'd like to plan ahead for the
remainder of the year.
Most of us are eager to read and discuss the highly entertaining "Masters of
Rome" series by Colleen McCullough, and it looks like some former members and
McCullough fans will come back for a second go-around on this. Since all
books are thick ones, with many characters in them, from past experience each
requires at least three chats -- thus with 5 books in print so far, this
undertaking will occupy us for a number of months. Not considering an
intermittent Stephen Saylor mystery or a bit of Cicero himself, as well as a
summer hiatus, on which I will poll you in due course… J
I would have loved to find some real interesting non-fiction for the time
period between Scipio and Marius, but there seems to be only Livy's "Rome and
the Mediterranean", which might not be to everyone's taste, considering the
minute details, and one biographical book on the Gracchi in print, "The
Gracchi" by David Stockton, ISBN# 0198721056, which looks a bit dry to me.
So, unless someone can recommend a truly fascinating book from the in between
period, here are the proposed options:
A. Livy; or
B. Gracchi; or
C. go directly to McCullough's "First Man in Rome"
Your feed-back is greatly appricated!