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Ancient/Classical History Forum posts on an assortment of topics, including the knowledge of forum members, book recommendations, conquering civilized people instead of barbarians, Alexander's direction, Egyptian punishment, Midas, military blunders, maya math, Mesopotamian nomenclature, scientific arrogance and judging the past, and cannibalism.

ABOUT THE FORUM
"I've been reading through a lot of messages this weekend. This is a really well-informed group!"

BOOK RECOMMENDATION
"From memory I recall that Chester Starr wrote a general survey of Ancient History and also a more narrowly focused history of Rome (republic and empire). I like his writing style and the apparent depth of his research which he conveys at ease and without burdening a newbie with too many asides. If the student is interested only in the Roman Empire, I could recommend Martin Goodman's The Roman Empire 44 BC - 180 AD, which brings us down that is to the beginning of the "fall" as most see it, our beloved Commodus."

CIVILIZED CONQUESTS
"Any would-be world emperor would have found conquering civilized countries to be a more attractive proposition than conquering barbarians."

EASTWARD BOUND
"Everyone seems of the opinion that Alexander the Great went east because there was nothing to the north. If that was so, then why did Rome not spread eastwards?"

EGYPTIAN PUNISHMENTS?
"Did the ancient Egyptians use capital punishment, if so what form did they use??"

GOLDEN TOUCH
"I had thought that Midas was identified with Croesus of Lydia, another infamous goldbug."

GREATEST MILITARY BLUNDERS
"Not all defeats, no matter how famous, should be accounted 'blunders' simply because one commander lost."

JUDGING THE PAST
"From the outset I can state that this book is written with the conviction that the scholar's own historical condition determines the account that is being written, that objectivity is an elusive ideal."

MAYA MATH
"No one ever realizes the highly intelligent and intricate mathematics and astronomical calendars incorporated in the Mayan pyramids or the Great Pyramid at Giza, while in 1492 Columbus and other explorers of that day believe in a geocentric universe or that the earth was flat. Something vehwy scwoowy going on back then or somebodies were very smart!"

MESOPOTAMIAN ANIMAL/VEGETABLE LIFE
"I am looking for info on Mesopotamian homes, farms, and plant life around 4000-3000 B.C. Any info would be helpful."

SCIENTIFIC ARROGANCE
"The thread about the age of the sphinx made me want to write something about scientific arrogance. On the one hand it is perfectly true that there are numerous wild and wilder theories out there and lots of what is published or seen on TV is rubbish, but on the other hand often enough scientists just do not want to move away from status quo teaching and arrogantly ignore evidence which doesn't fit into their acquired world view."

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
"Delighted, forsooth, with his novel savagery, he kept land-monsters, toothless, clawless, hornless: it was his pleasure to turn perforce into wild beasts his fish, which (of course) were to be forthwith cooked, that in their entrails he himself withal might taste some savour of the bodies of his own slaves."

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