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Book Review by Thomas L. Dynneson

Religion of the Romans by Jörg Rüpke

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Not understanding the forces of nature, nor possessing the scientific means needed to study the forces of nature, ancient people turned to those “experts” who claimed that they possessed special knowledge regarding natural events. In general these “experts” claimed that they could communicate with  Read More 
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Italy's Lost Greece by Giovanna Ceserani

Italy’s Lost Greece: Magna Graecia and the Making of Modern Archaeology by Giovanna Ceserani (suggested essential pre-reading: T.J. Dunbabin’s The Western Greeks: The History of Sicily and South Italy from the Foundation of the Greek Colonies to 480 BC)

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Ceserani has authored a very complex book that explores two complex issues:  Read More 
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Mary Beard's SPQR

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
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This book by Mary Beard is a very ambitious work in that its content covers the entire span of Roman history from the founding of Rome, the founding of the Roman Republic, the advent of the Imperial Empire, to the “end-game”. The Roman Senate,  Read More 
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