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Robin Reeve
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Does anyone know of a good book about the Roman civil war(s)?
Ext 3 has tickled my appetite to deepen my knowledge of that troubled period...
 
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I'm sure there are some great ones out there (and I'll be checking back to see what's posted here) but I can recommend one that I've read. They aren't super thorough but concise and offer good illustrations as well.

They can be found at Barnes & Nobel and there is actually a lot of different time periods. One that has many of the different Roman wars is:

Battles of the Ancient World
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Battles-of-the-Ancient-Worl...

I have a couple of these books and I like doing exactly what you're talking about - read some history and play the scenario.
 
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Rubicon by Tom Holland has some rave reviews. I'm reading it at the moment - only got through a chapter and a half so far, but it seems good.
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I'd suggest going to your public library and checking out a few basic books. Go to the 937 section (in the Dewey Dcimal System, dunno the Library of Congress) and browse.

Once you have the basics, you can get your own more specialised stuff.
 
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Thanks for informations given so far.
 
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Read the book by the man himself, "The Civil War" by Julius Caesar. One of my all-time favorites.
 
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Torr wrote:
Read the book by the man himself, "The Civil War" by Julius Caesar. One of my all-time favorites.


A complete unbiased recounting of what happened. (Insert tongue in cheek icon here.) Indeed, this is supposed to be one of the better references, although I have not gotten around to reading my copy yet.
 
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"The Masters of Rome" series by Colleen McCoullough is the best historical fiction I've read about romans (exception: Robert Grave's "I,Claudius"). The former covers from Sila and Marius confrontation until the recently released book "Mark Antony and Cleopatra".

Great books, in deed.

 
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Not a book really, but I had a look to GMT's out-of-stock C3i numbers, and in some of them you can download the PDF file of some articles on GBoH scenarios of the period.

Very brief, but free and already something more than the CCA scenario description. Last weekend I read the Sertorian War file, and now I have begun the 4 CCA scenarios of this war.
 
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Plutarch, a Greek philosopher/historian/biographer/etc writing from around 100AD wrote the Parallel Lives, a group of books describing characters from Alexander to Caesar to Heracles and a whole lot of others, comparing Romans to Greeks in a moralizing attempt to reconcile the latter to the formers' rule. It has a lot more "stories" and vignettes than a true history might (he admits to writing "lives not histories") and it's not exactly rigorous or filled with proper source material, but I find if you want to get some good flavor and don't care too much about precise details, it's an incredibly fun read.

The Penguin Classics "Fall of the Roman Republic" contains all the lives of the characters involved in the civil war. It's very fun stuff if you like it but I would definitely make sure to get some more textbook background material before diving into it. I admit this will not give you information about battles and logistics, but if you want to get a good account of the troubled time from a character-driven point of view, he's the way to go.
 
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