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    Thanks. I'll try to get my hands on this book, sadly it can not get it in my university library. Can you recommend any of this more specific books?

    Also I'd be grateful for any further recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kival View Post
    Thanks. I'll try to get my hands on this book, sadly it can not get it in my university library. Can you recommend any of this more specific books?

    Also I'd be grateful for any further recommendation.
    Have you tried searching the DAI Zenon catalogue?

    If you're looking for a more specific german publication maybe
    'Syrakus unter Agathokles und Hieron II. : die Verbindung von Kultur und Macht in einer hellenistischen Metropole' Caroline Lehmler (Frankfurt am Main,Verlag Antike, 2005) (german review) could be of interest.


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    Wading through Tarn's The Greeks in Bactria and India for a bit of a refresher. Would like to know if there are any decent, modern (English or German) books out on Greek Baktria and/or the Indohellenic kingdoms other than Sidky, Tarn, Narain, and Holt. Would like to read Bophearachchi, but don't have enough of a command of French.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Constantius III View Post
    Wading through Tarn's The Greeks in Bactria and India for a bit of a refresher. Would like to know if there are any decent, modern (English or German) books out on Greek Baktria and/or the Indohellenic kingdoms other than Sidky, Tarn, Narain, and Holt. Would like to read Bophearachchi, but don't have enough of a command of French.
    The British Museum is currently hosting an exhibition of Bactrian artefacts that were rescued from the Taliban.

    Currently reading Edmund Morris' three volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt - it's my fifth biography this year, and fourth of a US President, and I can't decide whether he was insanely brilliant or brilliantly insane.

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    Anabasis (greek and english)
    Comentarii de Bello Gallico (latin and english)

    Just to jumpstart my ancient languages.

    Then I will read Geographika (english, I doubt my greek will progress that much).

    Though I will read em when I finish college, big time spender there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subotan View Post
    The British Museum is currently hosting an exhibition of Bactrian artefacts that were rescued from the Taliban.
    I wish, I wish, I wish I were in London right now. :( Though I did see a lot of cool Yuezhi stuff at UPenn a few months ago as part of a Silk Road exhibition that included the Beauty of Xiaohe. Almost as awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Subotan View Post
    The British Museum is currently hosting an exhibition of Bactrian artefacts that were rescued from the Taliban.

    Currently reading Edmund Morris' three volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt - it's my fifth biography this year, and fourth of a US President, and I can't decide whether he was insanely brilliant or brilliantly insane.
    teddy really is an either or in that regard.

    and WOW at the British Museum exhibition, i freaking wish man. how long will the exhibition last? I'll be in Europe in a few months, i need to see these new Bactrian artifacts.

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    It's a collection of many artefacts from all over Afghanistan, it's not just Baktrian (as in Greco-Baktrians) items, there is plenty of Saka, Yeuhzi/Kushan and other culture's stuff too. I hope to be able to see it before it closes (17 of July), although I might not have the time.

    http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_o...ghanistan.aspx


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    Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Felix Salten

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    It's a collection of many artefacts from all over Afghanistan, it's not just Baktrian (as in Greco-Baktrians) items, there is plenty of Saka, Yeuhzi/Kushan and other culture's stuff too. I hope to be able to see it before it closes (17 of July), although I might not have the time.

    http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_o...ghanistan.aspx
    I might just be able to get down to see it then, as I have to be in Kent for university business on the 15th! Also, there's a sweet comic book shop just around the corner, which automatically makes any trip to the Museum worthwhile, regardless of how many times I've seen the marbles.

    Alternatively, there's an exhibition of artefacts from Makedon, as well as a load of permanent exhibitions on trade in the Ancient World (i.e. lots of Bactrian stuff) in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford - it's like a little cute British Museum (And I get in for free! Mwahaha)
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    Been reading the Pyrrhus' book (I'm at Asculum aftermath) and must say I'm enjoying it a lot...
    I like the "anthropological" aspect to explain his decisions, and making the Epirot Eagle an even more fascinating figure, trully a one man faction :P

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    that exhibit is definitely worth seeing if you can get to London. I saw it here in NYC two years ago when it was at the Metropolitan Museum. Unfortunately it appears that the British Museum is the last stop
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mi...re_to_see.html

    I am currently reading The History of the Alans in the West by Bernard Bachrach
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    Anyone know if a good book on their eastern history?

    Also finally found a copy of Studies in Christian Caucasian History by Cyrile Toumanoff. It's old but since it appears to be a source for a number of my other related books it should be worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Constantius III View Post
    Wading through Tarn's The Greeks in Bactria and India for a bit of a refresher. Would like to know if there are any decent, modern (English or German) books out on Greek Baktria and/or the Indohellenic kingdoms other than Sidky, Tarn, Narain, and Holt. Would like to read Bophearachchi, but don't have enough of a command of French.
    Well, the best books on the subject are today in French. If you can read Italian, there's Da Alessandro a Menandro. Il regno greco di Battriano from Omar Coloru (2009). If not, here's a link to the Bryn Mawr review of this book, better than nothing. One other good book is the India and the Hellenistic World of Klaus Karttunen (1997), less politic but more interesting on cultural contacts.

    Without any surprises, google books has some nice ones too. Check for example Foreign Influences on Ancient India from Sagar. It's not just about Greeks in Central Asia, what's even better :p

    Tarn is still a must-read, even if you cannot follow his chronology anymore.
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    I was thinking to buy Timothy D. Barnes - Constantine and Eusebius. Anyone read it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjos View Post
    Been reading the Pyrrhus' book (I'm at Asculum aftermath) and must say I'm enjoying it a lot...
    I like the "anthropological" aspect to explain his decisions, and making the Epirot Eagle an even more fascinating figure, trully a one man faction :P
    Which one are you talking about?

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    And what do you mean by "anthropological" aspect? How can it explain decisions of a single person?

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    I'm talking about Champion's book and by anthropological is how the author managed to describe Pyrrhus actions and behaviour thanks to his exiled experiences and his character...

    For example his restlessness in peace (argued by his solely interest in war studies) to explain his incapability to "complete" his campaigns...
    Also the way he deployed elephants was learned at Ipsus...

    Book is short, but imo very valid...

    And yeah I should have used "psychological" maybe, I meant anthropological in it's social aspect, sorry :P
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    I see, you mean psychological issues. That's at least interesting though I would not overrate the influence of a sole person.

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    It's more about how events and people he met shaped the general he turned to be...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjos View Post
    I'm talking about Champion's book and by anthropological is how the author managed to describe Pyrrhus actions and behaviour thanks to his exiled experiences and his character...

    For example his restlessness in peace (argued by his solely interest in war studies) to explain his incapability to "complete" his campaigns...
    Also the way he deployed elephants was learned at Ipsus...

    Book is short, but imo very valid...

    And yeah I should have used "psychological" maybe, I meant anthropological in it's social aspect, sorry :P
    Ah good to know that it is indeed a good read. Can't wait for summer vacation.

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    Currently reading The Poison King which is a nice easy summer read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brave Brave Sir Robin View Post
    Currently reading The Poison King which is a nice easy summer read.
    On Mithridates VI Eupator, right? I think I've read that book or at least parts of it in the past when working on a minor paper on the man.

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    I was looking for some books on early Byzantine history, particulary Justinian the Great. Anyone has some hints?
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    Just finished Stephan Fichtl's "Le Ville Celtique", very informative. Started Ian Ralston's "Celtic Foritifications" a day or two ago. Spent half of the year reading through Barry Cunliffe's Magnum Opus "Iron Age communities in Britain".

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    Just finished reading Xenophon's Anabasis and all I have to say is holy !!!! Why this has not been made into a movie I do not understand hahaha. Also finished The Annals by Tacitus and have been working on The Histories. (Most Emperors seem crazy, extremely paranoid, from his point of view.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayekides View Post
    Just finished reading Xenophon's Anabasis and all I have to say is holy !!!! Why this has not been made into a movie I do not understand hahaha. Also finished The Annals by Tacitus and have been working on The Histories. (Most Emperors seem crazy, extremely paranoid, from his point of view.)
    many modern movies are based on it like gangmembers trying to return to their turf trough enemy territory

    sorry i hadnīt seen the youtube link but there are at least 10 others
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonburn View Post
    many modern movies are based on it like gangmembers trying to return to their turf trough enemy territory

    sorry i hadnīt seen the youtube link but there are at least 10 others
    Oh come on, comparing gangs with a Greek mercenary army.
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    don't be dense, the general idea remains. A group of warriors trapped in enemy territory after their connection to the region dies have to make it back home with lots of obstacles

    THE WARRIORS is the best one though, easily. great film

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skullheadhq View Post
    Oh come on, comparing gangs with a Greek mercenary army.
    The Warriors is actually loosely based The Ten Thousand, very loosely though.


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