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07/30/10

Permalink 11:23:54 pm, by Chris Jones Email , 412 words, 2285 views   English (US)
Categories: Literature, Roman Culture

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I’m reading Robert O’Connell’s excellent and thoroughly engrossing .The Ghosts of Cannae, a review of the famous battle and the long shadow it casts in miliary history. Naturally, one of his primary sources is Livy–and although I’m not a fan of Livy’s rhetoric, I appreciate the insightful comparison to “a Hollywood mogul, capuring the sweep of Roman history with a notably cinematic flair.” And yes, an ancient historian would probably take that as a compliment.

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