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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #1

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Salvete Fellow History Lovers,

Greetings, I am Artifex. I aim to learn as much as possible by reading the posts, and to teach by writing them.

My Historical background is not great, not at all (but that is why I am here). I am currently enrolled in the free online Constitution and History classes at Online Constitution Courses - Register - Hillsdale College I encourage you all to take it, I just need to find the time to complete it.

I have almost one and a half years of Latin experience, and I am fascinated with Ancient Rome (specifically the Empire), and I do have a good knowledge on that. I know some basic Athenian history, along with Spartan history. I know lots of U.S. History, but like I said earlier, my background is not great.

My main source of History from ancient writers is Plutarch, but I hope to improve. Let me thank you all for letting me join this community, and I look forward to it greatly.

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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #2

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Salve Artifex! Welcome and happy posting
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:40 PM   #3

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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:43 PM   #4

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Salve! I look forward to your posts -- ancient history is where my interests lie as well. I've been meaning to pick up Plutarch but for whatever reason just never got around to it. Maybe your posts will inspire me to finally do so.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #5

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Salve! I look forward to your posts -- ancient history is where my interests lie as well. I've been meaning to pick up Plutarch but for whatever reason just never got around to it. Maybe your posts will inspire me to finally do so.
Dear Seaofghosts,

I highly recommend Plutarch, reading his Lives provides good background on many ancient figures; the one I am currently reading is Life Of Solon.

I hope that if you read Plutarch, you enjoy it as I did.

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PS, Thank you all for welcoming me!
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Old December 11th, 2012, 02:00 PM   #6

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Plutarch is indeed one of my favorite books too. I like the part when he writes about Alexander and drinking competition
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Old December 11th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #7

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I typically dislike Alexander the Great, for many reasons.

The biggest reason is because he failed to keep his Empire alive. After he died, his land was fought over by his generals, and the biggest part of his Empire went to Seleucus, and thus began the Seleucid Empire. According to me, "he succeeded where all others failed, and failed where all others succeeded." The former part is a reference to him conquering such a large area, and the latter is a reference to his failure to keep it together.

Another reason is that he adapted foreign customs, like the bowing, and took foreign names. He also failed to keep his men rallied, as they all wanted to return home, and he wanted to reach the ends of the earth.

I will give him this, he was a good General on the battlefield.

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Old December 11th, 2012, 02:31 PM   #8

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I think you'll find many threads and opinions devoted exactly to Alexander and I hope some of those will be useful in creating sharpening of your historical "blade".
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Old December 11th, 2012, 02:32 PM   #9

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I think you'll find many threads and opinions devoted exactly to Alexander and I hope some of those will be useful in creating sharpening of your historical "blade".
In that case we have lots to do, because as of now, it looks more like a bat.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #10

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In that case we have lots to do, because as of now, it looks more like a bat.
Hahahahahah, that's a good one . Well every quest starts from the beginning right?, and even bat can be a deadly weapon if you know how to use it .

If you need something, literature or anything feel free to p.m. me or any other member, they're mostly friendly. Mostly.
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