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About meA fourth year university student majoring in History and International/Cultural studies (ICS). I have a passion for all things Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Persian or just plain old.

About my libraryI am continuing to build my library, even though I live in NYC and space, time and money are always at a premium. I'm looking to pick up more books on Persian and Byzantine history and to begin studying at least one "dead" language.

Groups18th-19th Century Britain, 20-Something LibraryThingers, Advertising creeps who library thing., Ancient History, Archaeologists, Astrology, Board for Extreme Thing Advances, Byzantinistik, Central Asia, City-Related Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsRobert Graves, Victor Davis Hanson, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Colleen McCullough, Steven Saylor (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresBOOKOFF New York, Books Kinokuniya - New York, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesMaloney Library - Fordham University School of Law, New York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library - Map Division, Queens Library - Astoria, Queens Library - Steinway, Walsh Library - Fordham University at Rose Hill

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Thank you for adding me to your "Interesting libraries". I am honored, and look forward to browsing through your collection!
Rowe wrote several detective stories set in late second century Britain, all of good quality, although I can't say that they particularly stick in the mind. A sort of Steven Saylor of Roman Britain. They don't seem to be terribly easy to find in the States though.
Scratch again. I hope you didn't mistake my use of the tag "classics" to mean the works of the ancients. I use it as a catchall for all the Dickenses and Twains and their ilk -- books we all read eventually either because we have to or because we want to be "well read."
Thanks for marking my library as interesting. I'm looking for where our interests intersect, though--perhaps with your "light" reading. Classics are distinctly not my focus! By the by, depending on which end of the 20-somethings you're at, I'm probably old enough to be your mother. I worked at the Strand long before air conditioning and the coffee bar.

Speaking of light reading, have you read Donna Tartt's The Secret History? It's about a group of classics scholars at a fictionalized but clearly recognizable Bennington College (Tartt's alma mater). Probably a good subway book for you.

I have just started it, and I'll let you know what I think of it. Somehow you have disappeared from my list of friends - did you (or did I) do anything for it to happen?

Thanks! I'll let you know!

Thanks for joining the group 20-Something LibraryThingers!
Thanks for marking my library as interesting! You look to have many good books as well!! Definitely pick up a dead language soon as they definitely liven up my life...
Hi Robert --

I'm Greg from the Advertising Creeps group. What sort of analysis will you be doing? I've never worked on pharma, but I have worked on healthcare. One of my first assignments was writing a brochure called "Adult Incontinence: What it is and how to manage it."
Thanks for tagging me as an interesting library.

I can reccomend "Shadows in the Desert" a history of Persia by a Persian Academic (Osprey Publishing) - you can pick up the author's name from my catalouge.

I hope the studies are going well.

oh, well if you want something more like a textbook sure, there a re a few options out there. i have one that is from foundation to fall, but the section for the republic is pretty good...though, in all likelihood not as good as the one youve got there. tell me how that one shpaes up, it looks like it would be good...
Thanks for joining the group! Feel free to invite your friends, start topics, and generally be as involved as you're interested in being.
ah...more scholarly. very well then. i shall dig about 'mongst my tomes and see what dense and dusty volume I can find!
at first reckoning, i think the chronicle of the roman republic is a good book. it's not overly academic, though it is pretty sound on historical information. but the history is done as somewhat episodic vignettes of important figures. of course, with roman history, much is focused on the various personalities. anyway i found it was a good place to start. and what is cool is that, at least as i recall, when yo uread a section it makes for a good starting point for primary sources, which, can at times be dry and heavy when you read on your own. the book is brisk but thorough, so you have a good look at a lot of history in about 2-3 hours reading. sorry, ive been writing this between people at my desk here at work. i hope it makes sense and ill keep looking at other books i have.
hmmm....let me think on that. I know I have some stuff in my collection. im at work right now, but when I go home ill give it a good long think.
I saw you joined the Republic. Glad you did, the country needs ambitious and intelligent young citizens like yourself. Let me know how you'd like to contribute on the site. Currently, I am working on expanding religious articles, though my specialty is law and government. Either way, welcome aboard!
Definitely worth the price!! I mean, I suppose if I were an archaeologist it would be more useful, but I love to simply browse through it. Though it is indeed a large book. Anyway, back in my Barnes & Noble days I special ordered it. As an employee the 30% discount helped. You might be able to find a used copy somewhere. As for B&N, I heard they stopped doing special orders, but Borders still does as far as I know.

Thank you very much!! So flattering... I'd like to invite you to my micronation: I think you'd like it.
Thanks for dropping by Medusa,

I have a few more Byzantine and Ottoman titles that are yet to be catalouged (watch this space). Found 'Byzantium and the Crusades' to be one of the best analyses of the period - well worth a read. It has just made it to softcover in the bookstores recently.

We have a bookfair coming up near where I live (Canberra Australia) - I'll see what turns up there.

Hi Medusa, you may discover some titles of interest in my catalog and also, try: ....which may be fun for you. Best of luck with your studies! A
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