damned_colonial: Convicts in Sydney, being spoken to by a guard/soldier (Default)
[personal profile] damned_colonial posting in [community profile] readingthepast
Please suggest themes you'd like to see covered here! Cut and paste the following into a comment:

ETA: please put your theme in the subject of your comment!

Theme:
Are you prepared to run it? Yes/No
Suggested books, if you have them already:


What does it mean to run the theme?

1. At least one month in advance, you'll let everyone know about the theme and your suggested reading for it. You need to suggest at least 3 works of fiction.
2. On the first of the month, you will post a welcome/introduction/kickoff for the theme.
3. Throughout the month, you'll take an active part in discussion of the theme.

You do not have to be an expert on the theme to run it. You just need to have an interest in it.

Date: 2009-05-30 11:55 pm (UTC)
cofax7: climbing on an abbey wall  (Default)
From: [personal profile] cofax7
Okay!

Theme: Roman Britain
Run it: Um, sure.
Suggested books: Sutcliff (Eagle of the Ninth), Finney (The Crow Goddess), Bradshaw (Island of Ghosts), not sure what else. Is Finney even still in print? I'd have to look around to see what's available via Gutenberg. There's nothing available movie-wise that I'm comfortable with recommending.

This would explicitly be not an Arthurian thing, which I think of as more fantasy, but we could talk about the intersections with that myth, both within and external to the novels.

Date: 2009-05-31 01:02 am (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
Jack Whyte, maybe? His main series is Arthurian, but the first couple books are solidly Roman Britain, aside from the making of a certain sword, and they're not particularly mythical in tone (actually, I kind of got bored after the first couple).

Date: 2009-05-31 05:14 am (UTC)
cofax7: climbing on an abbey wall  (Default)
From: [personal profile] cofax7
Yeah, I tried to read them and they really didn't work for me.

Date: 2009-07-01 10:39 pm (UTC)
tegels: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tegels
Hi there,

Just putting my oar in :-)

I would contest that Jack Whyte is 'solidly Roman' - he's more fantasy. He makes seemingly historical stuff up, so fits into the Arthurian fantasies quite neatly.

I also got bored with him after a couple of books :-)

Date: 2009-07-05 11:02 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
I think I read a couple of the more Roman ones, actually, and it's not my period of obsession. I also got bored after a couple books.

Date: 2009-05-31 05:15 am (UTC)
cofax7: climbing on an abbey wall  (Default)
From: [personal profile] cofax7
oooooh. Now that's an idea! Does Asterix go to Britain at some point? I've only read a very few of the comics, and that long ago.

Date: 2009-07-01 10:42 pm (UTC)
tegels: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tegels
Rosemary Sutcliff's 'Sword at Sunset' has just been re-issued. It is Arthurian, but has a pretty good realistic setting. Other Roman books could include Simon Scarrow's 'Eagle ...' books (not sure how available they are in the US, though) I could dig up some more, if you want.

Profile

Reading the Past

July 2009

S M T W T F S
    1234
56 7891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Page Summary

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Jul. 27th, 2017 12:35 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios