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    One for the Macro and Cato fans

    Macro is the tricky one for me too, Russell Crowe is probably the obvious one as Is James Purefoy but I fear they would then be compared too much to thier roles in Gladiator and Rome, I think maybe to typecast for them? What about Jason Statham?? Or maybe even Vigo Mortisen?? As for Cato I think Shia Lebouf from the Transformer films would be pretty good. He's young fairly tall, quite geeky like I imagine Cato to be, especially in the earlier books. Or What about Justin Timberlake???
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    The Eagle

    Two things in response: First, for the reasons stated above, I do not compare book and movie when reviewing one of them. Well personally I think when reviewing a movie that is based on a book, it would do well to take into account the part the friendship plays in the storyline of the book before completely dismissing it out of hand in the movie?
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    Guess the ancient city!

    Although I am an avid watcher of this thread, though I very rarely attempt to mix it with you big hitters, I'm going to hazard a guess that this place is in Bulgaria??
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    What's the last book you read?

    I've just finished the latest Simon Scarrow novel, The Legion starring the brilliant Macro and Cato. These books just get better and better, this one has probably been my favourite one of the whole series so far...... Just brilliant!
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    Truly Amazing

    I've jumped out of a couple of planes in my time, but I've never got round to flying one, but I would certainly like to have a go. It's got to be a pretty thrilling experience.
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    Welcome to the digital age

    I am also the proud owner of an all singing all dancing LED tv too, and my god they are good aren't they??? The best cash I've spent in quite some time. The show Planet Earth in HD on an LED tv is just the best thing ever! Congratulations on your purchase Ghost As for Torchwood, I'm with Ursus on this one, I've never been a fan of Dr Who so I never felt the need to watch Torchwood either.
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    Politics in the Circus

    Not to mention a very sizeable bag of coins from placing a substantial wager on the winning team!
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    Italian police arrest 'gladiators' by Colosseum

    Obviously they must have been impersonators!! If they'd have been real Gladiators they would have fought the undercover police to the death instead of giving in so easily!! The last time I was in Rome there were only 2 or 3 of the Gladiators around the Colliseum and they were all very courteous and entertaining. These new imposters must have just recently began to muscle in.
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    The Eagle

    Personally I thought that The Eagle was ok, It will in no way go down as a classic thats for sure but it wasn't as bad as Rufus makes out. I pretty much agree with Lanista about the movie, I thought Tatum and Bell's portrayals of Aquila and Esca were passable. It was a enjoyable fast paced Roman jaunt, with great scenery and a nice soundtrack, Ok, yes it was a bit of a "buddy" movie but the relationship between the two was a pretty big part of the book too so surely the movie should follow suit???
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    Too Sexy

    Wow Caldrail! You dark horse you!!! 5 possible's on the go....... you really need to keep us informed of how this love saga get's on!!!
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    James Purefoy as King Lot

    True it's not the best show around but it's worth watching for the simple fact that the stunning Eva Green is in it :naughty:
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    Decurions In Roman Navy?

    That's so strange I've just started reading Centurion today and I thought exactly the same thing when I read that, it's surely got to be an oversight on Mr Scarrow's part. In the story Cato does have some legionaries on board but he tells them to stay behind, that the marines will deal with it. But that still doesn't explain what a member of the cavalry is do on board a boat???
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    New Deadliest Warrior

    This is only for the UK members, A new Documntary series of Deadliest Warrior starts tonight on Bravo at 10pm... Roman Centurion V Rajput Warrior....... Wil the Rajput Warrior's evil looking weapons be all flash and no substance when they facethe Roman Centurion's cold steel?
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    Thunder & Roars

    I've gotta agree with you on the Saturday night tv......... What a complete pile of horse crap!! I try my hardest to be out of the house on a Saturday night to save myself the torture of those mind numbing shows!
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    Thunder & Roars

    Be careful Caldrail, the ginger tom is renowned for being the most ferocious breed of domestic feline, well at least Wesley the ginger tom from next door is! That bad ass cat doesn't take any prisoners, he rules our street with an iron claw!!!
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    "You got a lot of guts coming here, after what you pulled."

    Good luck with that WW, hope you've been doing plenty of training!!! Nice to see you back on the forum mate!
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    End of Pax Romana

    Have a READ Of UNRV's own take on the Pax Romana, written I believe by Primus pilus......
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    New Website

    AND DON'T COME BACK!!!!!!!
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    Roman ship had on board fish tank

    A Roman ship found with a lead pipe piercing its hull has mystified archaeologists. Italian researchers now suggest that the pipe was part of an ingenious pumping system, designed to feed on-board fish tanks with a continuous supply of oxygenated water. Their analysis has been published online in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology1. Historians have assumed that in ancient times fresh fish were eaten close to where they were caught, because without refrigeration they would have rotted during transportation. But if the latest theory is correct, Roman ships could have carried live fish to buyers across the Mediterranean Sea.............. http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110531/full/news.2011.335.html
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    Travel in the Later Roman Empire

    I'd would say that most of your assumptions are pretty much correct apart from maybe No 3, I'd say that the life in the lesser villages would probably have been safer than life in the big city, in the smaller villages the inhabitants were all probably accuainted with each other therefore the chances of them coming to harm from the fellow dwellers would have been much slimmer than those who lived in the major settlements, every time they set foot out of their homes there would be the threat of danger, especially for the more wealthier citizens, the big cities were full of low life's, pick pockets and cut-throat types who wouldn't think twice about harming someone for a couple of sesterii. THIS book by our very own Maty would be a good place to start for information about traveling in Ancient Rome. Hope it helps.
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    Interview with Russell Whitfield

    Nice interview Ghost, and some very intersting answers Russell. Good work chaps!
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    Iberian falcata sword, third century BC

    I had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful Falcata sword with my own eye's today and also had the pleasure of chatting to Ben for a while at the York Roman Festival My girls took part in the kids battle drill and managed to defeat the "dirty smelly celts!!", The Gladiator show and the talks on weapons, armour and medicine were also very entertaining and informative. I even managed to drag the girls on a full lap of the city walls, although it did take a couple of bags of pick 'n' mix to pursuade them though!! All in all a very enjoyable day was had, and it was also nice to meet and have a chat with a fellow UNRV member. Cheers Ben
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    I, Claudius' Miniseries by HBO

    I agree it could be great, but on the other hand it could also be a major let down because after all the original I Claudius is one of the greatest Roman productions ever made, The guys at HBO have got some big caligae to fill thats for sure!!
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    Myth of Plebian Poverty

    After the passing of the Hortensian law, the political distinction between patricians and plebeians ceased, and with a few unimportant exceptions, both orders were placed on a footing of perfect equality. Henceforth the name populus is sometimes applied to the plebeians alone, and sometimes to the whole body of Roman citizens, as assembled in the comitia centuriata or tributa. The term plebs or plebecula, on the other hand, was applied in a loose manner of speaking to the multitude or populace in opposition to the nobiles or the senatorial party . A person who was born a plebeian, could only be raised to the rank of a patrician by a lex curiata, as was sometimes done during the kingly period, and in the early times of the republic. Caesar was the first who ventured in his own name to raise plebeians to the rank of patricians, and his example was followed by the emperors.
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    Weathering Little Storms

    Sorry caldrail but Turkish Delight is evil ! Foul tasting stuff!!