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Roman Blood
Steven Saylor
Progress: 171/401 pages
Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
Bob Spitz
Progress: 208/557 pages
Avant-gardes du XXe siècle: arts & littérature, 1905-1930
Serge Fauchereau
Caesar's Commentaries: On the Gallic War and On the Civil War
Julius Caesar
Les bûchers de Bocanegra
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
The Songs of the Kings
Barry Unsworth
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories: Volumes I and II
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian

The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian - Robin Lane Fox There are parts that are brilliant. Others glide over huge parts of history like the reader obviously knows all about it. Lane Fox spends a lot of time on the fall of the Republic, the Civil Wars (Julius, Mark Antony, Octavian, etc) then spends only a few chapters on the whole post Octavian/Augustus period. Even less time is spent on Trajan and Hadrian. But overall it's a good book on classical world. The reader needs to have a base and an overall view of who is who and did what because Lane Fox assumes that the reader knows stuff and takes a few short cuts that can leave the more neophyte reader a bit dazed and confused.