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    I am currently going through a phase of loving the Roman period! The more I'm reading into it the quicker I'm getting sucked into the whole era.

    Does anybody else have a passion for this period in history? If so, do you have or know fo any good books or films or even games haha! I'm almost addicted haha.

    If not feel free to share your knowledge on any other period in time
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    Quote Originally Posted by uewho View Post
    I am currently going through a phase of loving the Roman period! The more I'm reading into it the quicker I'm getting sucked into the whole era.

    Does anybody else have a passion for this period in history? If so, do you have or know fo any good books or films or even games haha! I'm almost addicted haha.

    If not feel free to share your knowledge on any other period in time
    I love Ancient Rome, I've recently bought 5 books (I'll link 3 of them). But I just find it really fascinating. I'm going to study it for the next year then probably move on to Ancient Greece. Been at it hard, it really is an amazing history.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rubicon-Triu...ref=pd_sim_b_2

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ancient-Rome...2493464&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caesar-Life-...ref=pd_sim_b_4
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    You can try reading 'Rubicon' by historian Tom Holland. It's not like reading from Gracchi to Nero, more like a novel very fast paced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickaneso View Post
    I love Ancient Rome, I've recently bought 5 books (I'll link 3 of them). But I just find it really fascinating. I'm going to study it for the next year then probably move on to Ancient Greece. Been at it hard, it really is an amazing history.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rubicon-Triu...ref=pd_sim_b_2

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ancient-Rome...2493464&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caesar-Life-...ref=pd_sim_b_4
    Thanks for that!

    I got into it by reading Warrior Of Rome books by Harry Sidebottom. They're historical fiction, based around battles and so son, but its the descriptions of everyday life that interests me more than anything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by uewho View Post
    Thanks for that!

    I got into it by reading Warrior Of Rome books by Harry Sidebottom. They're historical fiction, based around battles and so son, but its the descriptions of everyday life that interests me more than anything!
    I actually got into Roman history by playing Assassins Creed (sort of modern Rome though, I think it was the 1600s) and watching Gladiator

    From there I decided it was a really interesting history. A lot of great figures too.
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    Check out Cicero. He was an orator and politician and was very influential in the Caesar, Mark Antony time period.

    Smart man, and pretty funny.
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    watch Spartacus
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunDoggyIndian View Post
    watch Spartacus
    Actually that series 'Rome' on HBO was pretty decent, accuracy-wise at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lfcstlouis View Post
    Actually that series 'Rome' on HBO was pretty decent, accuracy-wise at least.

    i like spartacus, lots of naked ladies in it, thats the level i operate at
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunDoggyIndian View Post
    i like spartacus, lots of naked ladies in it, thats the level i operate at
    Xena the warrior princess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lfcstlouis View Post
    Xena the warrior princess.
    yep, her and more, tis all good viewing
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunDoggyIndian View Post
    i like spartacus, lots of naked ladies in it, thats the level i operate at
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    Quote Originally Posted by ASSASSIN View Post
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    The average life expectancy of a roman slave in the construction and mining industries was 10 months. The real reason Rome fell was because it killed its workforce faster than it could replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locutus View Post
    The average life expectancy of a roman slave in the construction and mining industries was 10 months. The real reason Rome fell was because it killed its workforce faster than it could replace it.
    I thought Rome fell because it expanded it's borders way too far and simply wasn't able to control it's Empire anymore, and of course, like all Empires, it got old, decadant, sloppy and lost it's dynamism.

    Never heard the theory that it fell because it's slaves died too quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FightCloob View Post
    I thought Rome fell because it expanded it's borders way too far and simply wasn't able to control it's Empire anymore, and of course, like all Empires, it got old, decadant, sloppy and lost it's dynamism.

    Never heard the theory that it fell because it's slaves died too quickly.
    It was a slave economy. They needed to conquer more and more territory in order to capture enough slaves to replace the slaves they killed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FightCloob View Post
    I thought Rome fell because it expanded it's borders way too far and simply wasn't able to control it's Empire anymore, and of course, like all Empires, it got old, decadant, sloppy and lost it's dynamism.

    Never heard the theory that it fell because it's slaves died too quickly.
    Rome "expanding" isn't as we imagine it today. Rome wasn't a country that took more territory like a WW2 era Germany trying to expand itself. They took cities, regions etc and planted a governor and sometimes left a garrison there. Rome's empire was more like the French empire with lots of protectorates which they "sort of" controlled.

    Locutus is correct as well. Having your entire agricultural system based on slavery is going to have problems during periods like plagues when he slave population begins to run thin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RotationPolicy View Post
    Rome "expanding" isn't as we imagine it today. Rome wasn't a country that took more territory like a WW2 era Germany trying to expand itself. They took cities, regions etc and planted a governor and sometimes left a garrison there. Rome's empire was more like the French empire with lots of protectorates which they "sort of" controlled.

    Locutus is correct as well. Having your entire agricultural system based on slavery is going to have problems during periods like plagues when he slave population begins to run thin.
    There is also the productivity question.
    A slave has no interest in maximising output, only what it takes to survive.
    Whereas farmers working their own land have a direct interest in productivity.
    In some cases farmers in Rome were producing 16 x the crops that slaves were.
    The 2 systems could not exist side by side.
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