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Rise of the Roman Republic: Reflections on Becoming Roman

Amazon has just announced the publication of my new book related to the history of.the Roman Republic.
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Ancient History Encyclopedia

In the future look for my posts on the Ancient History Encyclopedia site. In the meantime I am working on a new manuscript entitled: The Making of the Roman Empire.
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Rise of the Early Roman Republic

An audaciously daring narrative in which the most important feature of this work is that it presents the reader with an overview of the early history of Rome, but more than that, it focuses the reader’s attention to those unique and often hidden cultural features that contributed to create a unique ancient Roman  Read More 
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Historical Invention

Today, I completed drafting Chapter 28 of my manuscript dealing with the history of the Roman Republic. What has amazed me more and more about this work is the extent that historical events and persons were used in the creation of an inventive mind, mainly the mind of Livy, but also the gullibility of Plutarch in  Read More 
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Roman Project

My work is now centered The destruction of Rome in 390 BCE. This is fascinating work in that it is a study in arrogance, humiliation, stupidity, class conflict, and the tenents of good leadership. The problem, of course, is that it difficult to separate myth from reality or fiction from truth. The gist of the  Read More 
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Update on Roman Civism

For several months I have been away working on various projects. Most of this last summer was spent in Minneapolis. The manuscript on Roman civism is moving along with 26 chapters in draft. I have been making timelines on some topics. Currently I am working on drafting a chapter on Camillus (see my description of  Read More 
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Time Out for Extended Reaearch

I have not written for some time related to my manuscript related to civism during the era of the Roman Republic. The reason is that I have been reading and taking extensive notes on an almost shocking work authored by Richard E. Mitchell. Mitchell has written a revision on early Roman history that is  Read More 
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Chapter Eleven Phoenicians and Carthaginians

After spending the summer in Minnesota, we have returned to Texas. Three chapters have been drafted and edited(Chapters Ten, Eleven, and Twelve). Chapter Eleven suggests how Egyptians vis-a-vis the Phoenicians and Carthaginians carried elements of Egyptian/Canaanite cultural elements in the western Mediterranean world. They also carried some adopted Greek cultural elements including  Read More 
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The Lost Civilizations of the Etruscans

Today I completed Chapter Nine that focuses on Etruscan influences on the urbanization of Rome. This is the first chapter in Part III of my manuscript. The Etruscans were a very mysterious, but advanced people who tended to reflect elements of a Maritine international culture that they carried to surrounding tribes including the Latins.  Read More 
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Roman Civism

I just complete chapters three and chapter four of my new project entitled: Roman Republic Civism: Cultivating Citizenship 700 BCE -300 BCE. Chapter Three focuses on ancient Roman Religion and Chaper Four focuses on Roman Virtue. My current research and drafting is focused on Roman education. The entire project is structured around eighteen chapters. Roman  Read More 
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