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Hello everybody, I am Praetoriani, Latin for Praetorian Guard, but I am guessing alot of you could have guessed that. I am just know beginning to embark on my journey of studying Ancient Roman history. I have always had a fascination with the Praetorian Guard, the Roman Emperors, and the major battles that the Roman Legions experienced. Hopefully I can learn a great deal of information here, and I plan on to post more frequently once I study the history more.

 

- Ad majorem Roma!

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Hello everybody, I am Praetoriani, Latin for Praetorian Guard, but I am guessing alot of you could have guessed that. I am just know beginning to embark on my journey of studying Ancient Roman history. I have always had a fascination with the Praetorian Guard, the Roman Emperors, and the major battles that the Roman Legions experienced. Hopefully I can learn a great deal of information here, and I plan on to post more frequently once I study the history more.

 

- Ad majorem Roma!

Welcome! A long time ago I too became interested in Rome because of its major battles and its immense empire, and I am now doing a BA in the subject ;)

 

Welcome to the forums, friend.

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i am biggest history buff.i am always interested in history ancient roman empire and Native American history. i am biggest Trekkie also. like read about ancient roman and other ancient culture

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i am biggest history buff.i am always interested in history ancient roman empire and Native American history. i am biggest Trekkie also. like read about ancient roman and other ancient culture

 

Welcome amcroja I'm not sure how much of two of your interests we can cover on a regular basis but ancient Rome and other ancient cultures do come up fairly frequently - hope you enjoy yourself here.

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Hello,

 

New to the forum, and very interested to discuss the crisis of the third century with members. I am working on a historical novel idea, and am just beginning the huge amount of research needed to be able to write good characters and a believable world. I want to set the majority of the story in Narbonensis or Aquitania between about 230 and 280 a.d. Most of the characters will be commoners and involved in agriculture in one way or another.

 

Has anyone here read Joseph Tainter's Collapse of Complex Societies? This is a scholarly work that I've picked up recently. I think illustrating Tainter's thesis through fiction could make a really compelling story that could really resonate with contemporary readers.

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Welcome to the forum Erik, we have several aspiring as well as published authors visiting here so you may well find kindred spirits as well as some board members able to help with any specific questions you may have.

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i am biggest history buff.i am always interested in history ancient roman empire and Native American history. i am biggest Trekkie also. like read about ancient roman and other ancient culture

Welcome to the forum amcroja, hope you enjoy it here. I don't know much about Native American history, save what I have learned in various socialist groups.

 

Do you have any particular interest when it comes to ancient Rome? (eg. army or literature)

 

 

Hello,

 

New to the forum, and very interested to discuss the crisis of the third century with members. I am working on a historical novel idea, and am just beginning the huge amount of research needed to be able to write good characters and a believable world. I want to set the majority of the story in Narbonensis or Aquitania between about 230 and 280 a.d. Most of the characters will be commoners and involved in agriculture in one way or another.

 

Has anyone here read Joseph Tainter's Collapse of Complex Societies? This is a scholarly work that I've picked up recently. I think illustrating Tainter's thesis through fiction could make a really compelling story that could really resonate with contemporary readers.

Welcome!

 

I am interested, what will be the conflict in the novel? Will they be involved in any invasions that displace them or other military tid-bits? I only ask because it is odd to hear an idea for a Roman story without the military involved :P

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Call me Roger unless there's another Roger here. I attended a State University because how hard I worked teaching high school I could not save enough money to go anywhere else for a year so I could convince them to give me a fellowship and job.

 

MA History LRE 1981

MA English Medieval English Literature 1991. ABD and then life intervened (or feel on me). Long story; you don't really want to hear it.

 

My ex-university won't let me use their library with out what I consider an outrageous fee, and even then I have no privledges to speak off. I have been trying to buy LRE primary sources as time passed but thery have been on the pricey side. Secondary sources are grimly expensive and hard to find used.

 

I am from the generation the uses books, note cards, and hand written drafts. Reading books and articles off the screen gives me a headache. So I work as I am able with a "city" library's ILL and what they can get.

 

This introduction is what I will tell you and I am sticking to it.

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Welcome on board, Roger.

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I'm tempted but I will not say R.... that so instead let me simply add my welcomes to Ghost's.

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I'm tempted but I will not say R.... that so instead let me simply add my welcomes to Ghost's.

Why not Roger, Roger. Or the ever favorite Roger Dodger, Roger. Thanks for the Welcome.

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Can anyone tell me how to get my Avatar up?

 

Ian Hughes told me about this site.

 

I got a few copies of the MGH cheap reprints today in the mail. The Chronicles of ACE 452 and 511. Jordanes, I have Mierow's translation but I needed Mommsen's text. I also wanted the volume that has Hydatius (Idatius) in it, So they are all from the AA section. I ment it when I said I could not read from the screen.

 

I need to catch up on the 5th Century West. There was not much in the Library, when I was working on the 4th Century. I'm chasing the topic of an old semiar paper on Majorian I had to abandon because of lack of material back in the day. Instead I ended up working on Julian in Gaul without the help of the Notitia Dignitatum (why there are some obvious mistakes in my thesis).

 

I once got into a "rumble " with Dr. Halsall on a Yahoo site about Ammianus's figure for the number of Alamans at Strasbourg. It's not like the Alaman site collection can be surveyed with as much confidence as the Jemdet Nasir sites in _The Uruk Contryside_. That ought to tell you something about what an opinianated old man I am. It also ought to tell you that I spent some time trying to study Assyriology at The U of C.

 

I can't think of of what else to tell you about me by way of introduction. I know! I need a "pony" when I work in Latin and a whole herd of them when I work in Greek.

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