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  1. Crispina

    Fortress of Spears

    Ugh. Ok, thanks. I may give the books a try.
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    Fortress of Spears

    Amazon sent me an email suggesting "Fortress of Spears" by Anthony Riches. It's third in the Empire series. Has anyone read the first two books? Seems I remember discussion on this series some time ago but was lazy and didn't do a search.
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    The Ides of April

    Oh wow. I thought Lindsey Davis said she would not write another Falco novel - ever. And a whole new series? Can't wait. But now I must review Flavia Albia's story! Was she the girl found on the streets by Marcus? she was born in Britain? I wish now that I would have purchased the entire Didius Falco book series, instead I found them all at the library which was a good thing; but having them all in my own library would be great. Perhaps I will begin by buying one or two a month. Thanks for the heads up Ghost.
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    Fortress of Spears

    Thanks. I see the word "bloody" more than once in the reviews and I sort of cringe altho I certainly know that is a part of it all; but sometimes I admit I skip over those scenes, however well written they may be. Case in point. While reading one book, I think it was "Eagle in The Snow" or it could have been one in the Simon Scarrow series, I still remember vividly one such scene where the main character(s)come upon a prisoner left by his captors, suspended over a well sharpened spear, part of which was already how should I say, inserted "where the sun doesn't shine". When the time comes when the prisoner is no longer able to lift his weight, well...you get the picture. ugh. Let's just say it took awhile to get that image out of my mind. I think I'll check out the library tomorrow and at least try to read the first in the series.
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    Roma Victrix Beaker

    Is the contest over? Sadly, I had difficulty with the chat portion of the entry and uninstalled the software. I did get to hear what Viggen sounds like once though! and I think maybe it was Klingan, not sure. Sexy accents, boys.
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    What's the last book you read?

    This is still one of my absolute favorite books on Roman history after all these years! Thanks for the recommendation. I found some used copies at Amazon and bookmarked the site.
  7. I think it's so interesting,too. Hope we don't have to wait too long to hear the results of the dive.
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    How to pronounce Roman names

    Posting my "dumbness". But when reading novels set in Roman times, I have a hard time figuring out how to pronounce most characters' names. Some seem fairly obvious, but others look as though they could be pronounced three different ways! Are their any simple "rules" of pronunciation when it comes to proper names? or do I have to learn Latin?
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    Death and the Civil War

    I also watched this documentary. What surprised me is learning the government had no provision for burying all the dead. It never occurred to me that bodies would remain for so long unburied, and understand how over whelming it must have been esp. to nearby townspeople. This is a part of the history of the Civil War one never reads about. The program brought back memories of a large, antique book that was kept in the bottom of a trunk belonging to my Father and Mother. It was a large photo book of the Civil War and all I can remember as a kid is that some of the photos were so gruesome we looked at the book very, very seldom. My grandfather's uncle fought in the Civil War. I am saying the book "was" kept, because I just phoned my Mother awhile ago to inquire about the book and if I may have it. She said of course I may, but called me back saying the book was NOT in the bottom of the trunk anymore! She was so sure it had been. Now we are struggling to remember what happened to the book. I am so disappointed because I'm wondering if it could have been an original copy of Matthew Brady's book. My brothers are not into history one bit, so we are certain it is not in their hands.
  10. Fantastic. Can you imagine the thrill of unearthing that mosaic? Thanks for posting.
  11. Very, very cool. Thank you for posting the game highlights link. Do you wonder if the ghosts of gladiators (and ancient spectators) were watching?
  12. 8:30pm? Well, that's good because I just came in at 3:15pm and figured I'd missed it. Tried that link you posted but couldn't find a live stream, clicked on everything. I wonder if I have to register with the site first. Doesn't help that I don't read the language. Are you watching it?
  13. Altho I'm not a big hockey fan, I'm bookmarking that site Viggen; and will hopefully be able to tune in Sunday. What time does it say the game will begin? Probably different time zone for me too.
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    Blue moon

    Is there any ancient writings about the "blue moon"? What if any, did they attribute to the changing color of the moon? (By the way, I can't tell for sure if it's cloud cover or indeed the moon itself - but I'd say that is a blue moon out there tonight )
  15. Ok. I was able to hear both of you and I heard someone say there was alot of echo with my mic. I may have not set things up correctly. Will try the chat later, thanks!
  16. Just to be clear, the beaker is free if won or do we pay the 85? I can't remember from last time.
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    Blue moon

    Well, I was informed there is no such thing as a "blue" moon. Only means, a second full moon in the same month as in "Once in a blue moon (a second one occurs)". Thanks for the link.
  18. If only there was a "click here for captions in the language of your country" button. Thanks, enjoyed watching it anyway.
  19. Just want to say altho I don't post much I still visit this site every day and want to thank you for sharing all the great articles.
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    Tea in Roman times

    Any references in ancient literature to tea, tea recipes, ceremonies, ect? What was the hot beverage of choice among Romans? Probably spiced wine.
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    Tea in Roman times

    I just watched Part One of the animated movie, Asterix in Britain, yes I see now THEY at least had afternoon "tea" way back when. How funny. Thanks for the heads up on the series. I bookmarked the site to watch more. I'll check out the books,too. OT: How is your summer of tours going so far, Ghost? You mainly guide tours of the wall right? what other sites, if any, were you able to visit?
  22. Thank you, I didn't scroll down far enough. What an exciting find.
  23. I'm unable to find the image at the link you provided, tried reading through the list of articles there but still not finding it (image). Why is it called the House of the Telephus Relief?
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    Venatio lion vs tiger

    I don't know how anyone could see and watch such a thing. That goes for bear baiting and modern dog fights as well. Nuts.