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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #41

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Me too. I'd give Tacitus the edge. Narrative history - one of very few areas of intellectual activity that Romans did better than Greeks.
Agreed. Do you happen to like Ronald Syme, the Tacitean historian?
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There's a little too much hero-worship of Rome for my tastes.
Oh for me too. Remember i dislike Rome
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Old July 8th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #43

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the work of Ian Shaw and Henri Frankfort is my go-to for Egyptology XD

i also think Sima Qian should also be a default choice for literally writing the book on Chinese history
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Agreed. Do you happen to like Ronald Syme, the Tacitean historian?
Syme's very good at certain things - above all prosopography ("The Augustan Aristocracy" is still a really useful book). But I dislike his prose style a lot, and I think that "The Roman Revolution" contains some actually pretty nasty early 20th Century British aristocratic prejudices, even by the standards of the time.
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Oh for me too. Remember i dislike Rome

Whereas I quite like Rome - but clearly not as much as Polybius did!!!
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Whereas I quite like Rome - but clearly not as much as Polybius did!!!
He's better than Livy who just writes about how good Rome was makes numerous errors etc. Polybius is more unbiased being born Greek and serving as a Greek soldier before being taken as a hostage.
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Syme's very good at certain things - above all prosopography ("The Augustan Aristocracy" is still a really useful book). But I dislike his prose style a lot, and I think that "The Roman Revolution" contains some actually pretty nasty early 20th Century British aristocratic prejudices, even by the standards of the time.
Agreed. I really liked The Roman Revolution but I do agree that it is a bit tedious and hard to read.
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Old July 8th, 2012, 01:37 PM   #48

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For me Polybius,Tacitus(I used to love translating his works) and Cassius Dio are really good Roman historians,while I consider Francesco Guicciardini to be the best Renaissance historian.

A contemporary historian that I admire is Karl Friday

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Josephus is also a very good ancient Historian.
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Josephus is also a very good ancient Historian.
Damn right! He deserves more recognition than he gets.
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