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  1. First off, this is a really interesting thread, and I would be inclined to agree with Northern Neil's view on this occasion. Caracalla's edict would certainly appear to have had a tangible effect on the lives on the proceeding generations of newly empowered citizens, as opposed to being purely symbolic. I have recently been reading up on the importance of civic institutions and their associated franchises as bulwarks of regional identity in Egypt under Roman hegemony. During my reading I found some information that I thought may add something to the overall all debate regarding the importance of the edict, and the impact it would have had to peoples' daily lives on the ground. A.K Bowman and D. Rathbone, in their article

    Roman Cult of Serapis

    I guess, but I also believe (although we can clearly see in this thread that I do not know much about Serapis) that the god represents one of the early stages of the monotheistic flows that was to become more and more common in the empire. If I am not mistaken I believe the trend you identified above (early move towards Monotheism) is now labelled as Henotheism, that is to say one god-head such as Serapis (considered to be an all powerful deity) represents an amalgam of various different deities. At least this is my rudimentary understanding of the topic which I have garnered from some of the books I've been reading lately pertaining to Hellenistic Religion. All in all really interesting material (great essay Ursus)!

    What's the last book you read?

    I have just finished Richard Miles' Ancient World The Search for the Origins of Western Civilization. Just like his book on Carthage it was accessible, informative and enjoyable. I would highly recommend it! Also, just wondering if anyone has come across some decent accessible introductory pieces regarding the study of the Eleusinian Mysteries (books mainly please, but articles as well). Thanks in advance!

    What's the last thing you saw/heard/played etc. ?

    I really enjoyed Gladiator, I have to agree the music was sad but truly sublime I love Lisa Gerrard she is a talented vocalist, also, Hans Zimmer is a great composer!!!

    What's the last book you read?

    I'm having trouble replying - darn computer plus fat fingers! You might like Adrian Goldsworthy's book The Fall of Carthage - it's a great read and I do enjoy his writing style Adrian Goldsworthy definitely ring a bell for me, I think I may have read a book by him on the Roman Army already... and if the memory serves I found it rather enjoyable will have to look it up! Thanks Noricum!

    What's the last book you read?

    I am currently reading Richard Miles' Carthage Must Be Destroyed The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization. I have to say Miles' style of narrative really appeals to me... it is really accessible as well as informative, as to be honest I am not exceedingly knowledgeable when it comes to the Western Mediterranean Civilizations. I first came across Richard Miles in my local library where I borrowed and read his book on Alexander the Great's Successors and I've been somewhat addicted to his books ever since. I think Richard Miles is fairly main stream and well known, so I would imagine many of you would have heard of him or read some of his work. Ever since I picked up his book on Carthage I haven't been able to put it down... I would most definitely recommend it! Was just wondering whether anyone could point me towards any other accessible modern scholarship on the topic of Carthage and her ascendency in the Western Med (emphasis on accessible as I am not that knowledgeable as perviously stated). All help would be much appreciated! BTW Noricum I haven't heard of Mary Renault's books on Alexander The Great's life. Sounds like an interesting angle will have to look them up .
  7. I want the Roma Victrix Beaker @UNRV
  8. I would like to see a wall map that gives a framework for the spread of Christianity throughout the empire. Also, I think it would be important to map areas where there was declines due to persecution etc... Failing this I would love a map of the Byzantine world.

    Rome and the War Elephants

    Wasn't it something to do with the temperament of the animal. They were indeed fearsome weapons when they were under control. However, if this was not the case they were likely to inflict heavy casualties on the armies they were supposed to be fighting for. This might be one of the reason the Roman decided not to add war elephant as standard member of the legionaries ranks.

    What Roman Personality Are You?

    I got : #1 is: Plotinus #2 is: Marcus Aurelius #3 is: Cato Maior #4 is: Seneca #5 is: Paulus
  11. Thanks Romanus! I will look for the book you suggested. I read through the internet source you posted it was interesting, however probably a little to late. The period I set for my essay title is quite large already adding another 3 centuries of information may complicate things... I might use it by mention it in my conclusion! Once again thank you so much for all your help!
  12. Thanks for your input Romanus, I'll check those out asap!
  13. Hey All, Basically I'm looking for books and/or websites or any other type of source really that you may know of that would be of use for someone who wishes to immerse themselves more deeply into the topic named above. Would really appreciate your input and suggestions! -AEGYPTUS

    Roman Empire between c.509BCE-c.14CE

    No there are no additional requirements to my knowledge. Thanks for the input Sylla... Will look at the sources, I wasn't aware of them actually

    Roman Empire between c.509BCE-c.14CE

    I'm not sure what the exact word cap is... just aware that there is one for this assignment! Will find out though. The only reason i thought of including Augustus campaigns was because quite a few of the ones mentioned above lead to the creation of new provinces, so I thought it would be worth including lol ... Again thanks for all the help!