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Which Cultures Would You Like To See Discussed?

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  1. 1. Which cultures should receive more attention?

    • Greece/Hellenic
      20
    • The Celts
      10
    • The Germans
      4
    • Egypt
      5
    • Carthaginian & Phoenician
      8
    • Non-Roman Italic peoples
      11
    • The Peoples of Asia Minor and the Balkans
      6
    • Hebrews and other Semites
      3
    • Babylonian and Sumerian
      4
    • Other (please explain)
      10


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I would like to see the Dacians more discussed,western people know little of them because they're more interested in their celtic/germanic ancestors but i bet the Dacians beat all the other European "barbarians" at culture,religion,warfare and way of life which was very close to the ancient greeks.I could give you a lot of information on them,we learn it at history in Romania.

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I think a discussion about sarmatians/scythians (mainly scythians) would be very interesting. people often view these step cultures as somewhat primitve, but I hardly believe that. It would be interesting to discuss their culture and subculture of the roxolani, and I also think the dacians should have a forum of hteir own.

 

Antiochus III

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I have already posted in this, but i would love to know more about and see Illyria discussed more.

 

vtc

 

I agree with that. in fact, I would like to see "barbaric" cultures south of the danube, but eat of italy discussed.

 

Antiochus III

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I think a discussion about sarmatians/scythians (mainly scythians) would be very interesting. people often view these step cultures as somewhat primitve, but I hardly believe that. It would be interesting to discuss their culture and subculture of the roxolani, and I also think the dacians should have a forum of hteir own.

 

Antiochus III

 

 

There are a few threads on them, including a great article from WotWotius. But there does not appear to be enough interest to justify a separate subfolder of their own.

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I feel that not enough attention has been paid in the past to the growth of Roman power in Italy. Although the enemies of the Empire do get attention, practically nothing is discussed regarding the enemies of the Republic, such as the Sabines, Samnites, Bruttians etc who fought against Rome before she became a 'Superpower'.

 

Is this because people are not interested enough, or is it due to the lack of sources/information with which to start a discussion?

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Well besides the Romans (duh) I'd rather like to find out more about the Babylonians. There seems to be a great deal less known about them compared to other great civilzations and little physical remnants remain. Visions of the Hanging Gardens of Babylonia too are fascinating. I marvel at what humanity achieved over 2000 years ago :D

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The eastern peoples are a fascinating bunch, from the Pontians who put up a big fight against Republican Rome, to the Armenians, the Parthians and Sassanids, and even the brief Palmyrene Empire of Zenobia. The Nabataeans are also an interesting people. Their wonders at Petra are among the greatest works of architecture from the Classical World.

 

The Eastern Peoples should have their own section I believe.

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Purely from a personal point of view, I find the Parthians fascinating and would love to learn more about them. Am I the only one? :(

The parthians are also of interest to me. But so are all the cultures mentioned here.

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The eastern peoples are a fascinating bunch, from the Pontians who put up a big fight against Republican Rome, to the Armenians, the Parthians and Sassanids, and even the brief Palmyrene Empire of Zenobia. The Nabataeans are also an interesting people. Their wonders at Petra are among the greatest works of architecture from the Classical World.

 

The Eastern Peoples should have their own section I believe.

The Armenians have a long and interesting history. One time allies of Rome, Byzantium and the Crusaders. The first nation to adopt christianity, to have a christian king (not necessarily an endorsement but interesting). Crassus refused to accept the advice of the Armenian king and suffered the consequences at Carraeh.

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I would like to see the Dacians more discussed,western people know little of them because they're more interested in their celtic/germanic ancestors but i bet the Dacians beat all the other European "barbarians" at culture,religion,warfare and way of life which was very close to the ancient greeks.I could give you a lot of information on them,we learn it at history in Romania.

I spoke once with a woman who was managing one of the larger casinos in Las Vegas who was Romanian. Somehow my son came up and when I told her that I had named him Trajan she said "Trajan is the father of our country". I would like to learn more of about Dacia.

I have neighbors who are from Romania. When my cousin came to visit from Mexico City we were shown books at their home and he was stunned that he could read Romanian.

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What a pity I could choose only one answer, because besides the Germans (which I ticked) I'd also like to discuss the following:

 

* Egypt

* The Celts

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I said other because I would like to see more study on the people of North Africa both as they became more Romanized and then later as they became less Romanized.

 

Its sad, but I think this area of Roman studies gets entirely too little attention. What made this people distinctive from other Romans in terms of art and economic activity? What drove their intense religous passions? Why were they able to rise up to such a level of economic prosperity and then never really recover after the Vandal invasion?

 

I feel there is such a large body of study here and I wish there were more books available that really explored the culture and the history of the North African people before, during & after the Roman years.

Vandal rule ended in 534, the western Empire had already deteriorated to the extent that they were not much help. The eastern Empire had their own problems. You had christians who were antagonistic toward everything about classical civilization which was pagan and therefore not to be trusted. So you had christian vs. pagan. With the Arian Heresy you had Catholics vs. Arians or christian vs. christian. When the Vandals arrived they persecuted the Catholics so you had pagan vs. christian all over again. Then when the arabs swept in you had muslim vs. christian. Then you had the wars over Islam which led to muslim vs. muslim. All these religious battles must certainly played a factor in the suppression of development in north africa. Every time they would have tried to get up they were knocked down again.

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I would add the Parthians, Carthage (First and Second Punic War periods), and the Goths (the Visigoths got lost with the Iberians and Celts, but I might include the Ostrogoths of Odoacer as well.)

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