Friday, August 26, 2005


I've already sung the praises of Tom Holland's informative and surprisingly entertaining book about the fall of the Roman Republic, Rubicon. In a nice coincidence, Holland spends 3/4 of the book giving you deep and masterfully vivid background on Roman history, politics and personalities leading up to the return of Julius Caesar from Gaul -- which is the starting point of HBO's new show Rome.

Much in the same way a knowledge of Western history only makes Deadwood exponentially more entertaining, reading Holland's book will really open up Rome for you. Most won't have time to finish it before Sunday, but it is a fast read and I think you'll find it an excellent companion piece. HBO show aside, I can honestly say this is one of my Top Ten books for the year. And, in case you hadn't noticed, I do tend to plow through the texts.


matthew christman said...


Sorry, it's my reflexive response to seeing "Deadwood" referenced.

Rogers said...

Lie to me and I will murder you in that chair.

matthew christman said...

Pussy's half price next fifteen minutes!

Mik Duffy said...

Actually Rubicon is a wonderful book. Just wish it had been around when I was studying Ancient History.

Brew up some coffee, open some peaches, and get yerselves some book-learnin'

Riyan Cilacap said...

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