Mythic Rome

Author: Pete Nash

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN: 1911471139

Category: Games

Page: 240

View: 9032

Welcome the birth of the Roman Republic and follow it through to its murderous end, on a roller coaster ride describing some of its most turbulent history! Mythic Rome encapsulates the dark and gritty past, allowing players to take part in the founding of Rome as a bandit on the Tiber; to overthrow the tyrannical Seven Kings; conquer the rival Etruscan city states; watch the city be sacked by Gauls; battle Hannibal during the Punic Wars; take part in the malevolent Bacchanalian conspiracy; fight alongside Spartacus or against him; or choose sides during the civil war between Caesar and Pompey. This invaluable book contains rules for everything from political standing to chariot racing, along with comprehensive Roman careers and guides for the weapons, armour and combat styles of Rome’s legions and her enemies. Also included are obscure supernatural creatures and new magic systems to reflect the way magic works from the perspective of the Romans themselves. Continuing the quality and historical depth of the Design Mechanism’s Mythic series, Mythic Rome stands as one of the best historical roleplaying supplements of all time, describing in intricate detail every aspect of everyday Roman life. Indeed, this book is packed with quotations written during the last days of the Republic, revealing shocking details of Rome the eternal city... a shining pinnacle of civilisation built upon a grisly foundation of crime, superstition, war and treachery.

Eternal Rome

Author: Graeme Davis,David Leri

Publisher: Green Ronin Pub

ISBN: 9781932442427

Category: Games

Page: 160

View: 7599

Mythic Vistas, the line that brought you Testament and the Trojan War, now completes its ancient world trifecta with the definitive guide to the glory of Rome! Covering all major periods from Rome's founding to the final barbarian incursions, Eternal Rome gives you everything you need to explore this fantastic era. Chock full of historical and mythic details, this sourcebook gives you a detailed atmosphere and environment for historical games, all the while providing the necessary tools to bring Roman culture into existing d20 games. Inside, you'll find rules for adapting existing classes to the setting, classical prestige classes and monsters, and even an introductory adventure by Testament's Scott Bennie to launch your new Eternal Rome campaign. Indeed, it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. So, ready your shields and raise your pilums! Take your d20 games to new heights of adventure with the might and majesty of Eternal Rome!

Legendary Rome

Author: Jennifer A. Rea

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147253784X

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 652

"Legendary Rome" is the first book to offer a comparative treatment of the reinvention of Rome's origins in the poetry of Vergil, Tibullus and Propertius. It also examines the impact that the changing topography of Rome, as orchestrated by the emperor Augustus, had on those poets' renditions of Rome's legendary past. When the poets explore the significance of Augustus' reconstruction of the Palatine and Capitoline hills, they create new meaning and memories for the story of Rome's legendary foundations. As the tradition of Rome's mythic and legendary origins evolves through each poetic revision, the past transforms and is reinvented anew.The exploration of what constitutes a civilised landscape for each poet leads to significant conclusions about the dynamic and evolving nature of shared public memories. Written when Rome was in the process of defining a new, post-war identity, the poems studied here capture the growing tension between community and individual development, the restoration of peace versus expansion through military means, and stability and change within the city.

Big Fish

A Novel of Mythic Proportions

Author: Daniel Wallace

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 1616201649

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

View: 5155

When his attempts to get to know his dying father fail, William Bloom makes up stories that recreate his father's life in heroic proportions.

Rome's Gothic Wars

From the Third Century to Alaric

Author: Michael Kulikowski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139458094

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 529

Rome's Gothic Wars is a concise introduction to research on the Roman Empire's relations with one of the most important barbarian groups of the ancient world. The book uses archaeological and historical evidence to look not just at the course of events, but at the social and political causes of conflict between the empire and its Gothic neighbours. In eight chapters, Michael Kulikowski traces the history of Romano-Gothic relations from their earliest stage in the third century, through the development of strong Gothic politics in the early fourth century, until the entry of many Goths into the empire in 376 and the catastrophic Gothic war that followed. The book closes with a detailed look at the career of Alaric, the powerful Gothic general who sacked the city of Rome in 410.

Mythic Britain

Roleplaying in Dark Ages Britain

Author: Lawrence Whitaker

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN: 1911471082

Category: Games

Page: 360

View: 8592

Mythic Britain is a complete sourcebook for adventuring in Britain’s Dark Ages using the Mythras rules. The book includes an extensive history and background of 5th and 6th Century Britain; details of the different tribes and territories; complete character creation rules for Britons and Saxons, details of magic, the Saints and pagan Gods; and, rules for massed battles. Completing the book, seven linked scenarios form the Mythic Britain Campaign in which the characters travel the length of breadth of the island, serving Merlin and Arthur, fighting the Saxon invaders, searching for the lost Treasures of Britain, and becoming involved in all manner of schemes and intrigues. Take up your spears. Swear your oaths. Ready your shields. Welcome to the Dark Ages! Mythic Britain requires the Mythras Core Rules.

Rome Eternal

The City as Fatherland

Author: Guy Lanoue

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351550594

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 272

View: 3380

What does 'Roman' mean? How does the mythical city touch people's identities, values and attitudes? In the long-established and official imaginary of the West, Rome is the citta dell'arte, the city of faith, an heirloom city inspired by the traces of ancient Empire, by the brooding aura of the Church, by Hollywood fairy-tale romance, and by the spicy tang of veiled decadence. But what of its contemporary residents? Are they now merely guides and waiters servicing throngs of tourists indifferent to the city's contemporary charms? Guy Lanoue, a former resident of Rome, explores how Romans live the modern myth of Rome Eternal. Since the 19th century, it has defined an important community, the fatherland, a home-spun society where the rules of everyday life become 'tradition': ways of eating, dressing, making and keeping friends and acquaintances, 'proper' ways of speaking and a hard to define but nonetheless tangible air of composure. Guy Lanoue is a Professor of Anthropology at the Universite de Montreal.

The Renaissance in Rome

Author: Charles L. Stinger

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253334916

Category: History

Page: 444

View: 6522

From the middle of the fifteenth century a distinctively Roman Renaissance occurred. A shared outlook, a persistent set of intellectual concerns, similar cultural assumptions and a commitment to common ideological aims bound Roman humanists and artists to a uniquely Roman world, different from Florence, Venice, and other Italian and European centers.This book provides the first comprehensive portrait of the Roman Renaissance world. Charles Stinger probes the basic attitudes, the underlying values and the core convictions that Rome's intellectuals and artists experienced, lived for, and believed in from Pope Eugenius IV's reign to the Eternal City in 1443 to the sacking of 1527. He demonstrates that the Roman Renaissance was not the creation of one towering intellectual leader, or of a single identifiable group; rather, it embodied the aspirations of dozens of figures, active over an eighty-year period.Stinger illuminates the general aims and character of the Roman Renaissance. Remaining mindful of the economic, social, and political context--Rome's retarded economic growth, the papacy's increasing entanglement in Italian politics, papal preoccupation with the crusade against the Ottomans, and the effects of papal fiscal and administrative practices--Stinger nevertheless maintains that these developments recede in importance before the cultural history of the period. Only in the context of the ideological and cultural commitments of Roman humanists, artists, and architects can one fully understand the motivation for papal policies. Reality for Renaissance Romans was intricately bound up with the notion of Rome's mythic destiny.The Renaissance in Rome is cultural history at its best. It evokes the moods, myths, images, and symbols of the Eternal City, as they are manifested in the Liturgy, ceremony, festivals, oratory, art, and architecture of Renaissance Rome. Throughout, Stinger focuses on a persistent constellation of fundamental themes: the image of the city of Rome, the restoration of the Roman Church, the renewal of the Roman Empire, and the fullness of time. He describes and analyzes the content, meaning, origin, and implications of these central ideas of Roman Renaissance.This book will prove interesting to both Renaissance and Reformation scholars, as well as to general readers, who may have visited (or plan to visit) Rome and have become fascinated and affected by this extraordinary city. "There is no other book like it in any language," says Renaissance historian John O'Malley. "It presents a coherent view of Roman culture....collects and presents a vast amount of information never before housed under one roof. Anyone who teaches the Italian Renaissance," O'Malley stresses, "will have to know this book."

The Sites of Rome

Time, Space, Memory

Author: Diana Spencer

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199217491

Category: History

Page: 436

View: 8126

A collection of essays exploring how the visible components of Rome - the hills, the Tiber, the temples, the Forums, the Colosseum, the statues and monuments - operate as, or become, the sites/sights of Rome. The variety of theoretical approaches stimulates fresh thought about Rome's primacy in Western culture.

Greece! Rome! Monsters!

Author: John Harris,Calef Brown

Publisher: Getty Publications

ISBN: 9780892366187

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

View: 2346

Introduces monsters from Greek and Roman mythology, such as the basilisk and the phoenix, and includes a "monster quiz" and pronunciation guide.


The Life and Death of the Republic

Author: Pete Nash

Publisher: Cubicle 7 Entertainment

ISBN: 9781907204401

Category: Games

Page: 220

View: 346

Any game master who wishes to run realistic campaigns set during the ancient Roman Republic will be thrilled with the lavish resource that this game offers. These painstakingly researched rules not only provide a staggering array of historically accurate details, but, more importantly, they succeed in evoking that sense of otherness we feel when we come into contact with a culture very different from our own. It brings republican Rome to life as a dangerous setting ripe for adventure, often stepping modestly aside, providing juicy excerpts from ancient manuscripts and letting the Romans themselves describe their world to us directly. Riots, bribery, mythical creatures and spectacular chariot crashes - it's all here! This book is designed for Basic Roleplaying, but is easily adapted to any game system. It contains all the setting information needed to play in Rome from its foundation to Caesar's death, and additional rules for city riots, chariot races and political power games. It also includes more than one hundred scenario seeds that can be easily bound together to form complete campaigns.

The Myths of Rome

Author: Emeritus Professor of Classics T P Wiseman,T. P. Wiseman

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

ISBN: 9780977409457

Category: History

Page: 390

View: 387

There was once a dream that was Rome. So says the old emperor Marcus Aurelius in Ridley Scott's epic Gladiator. It was a Rome of free citizens, brave, incorruptible, loved by the gods. It had its own myths, the stories that defined what the Romans were, and in due course it achieved mythic status itself. The myths of Rome have inspired artists, writers and statesmen throughout the ages: from Botticelli's Primavera and Shakespeare's Roman plays to Machiavelli's Discourses and Addison's Cato - a key text for the founding fathers of the American revolution. And yet, while a wealth of material dealing with Greek myth exists, the myths of Rome are a neglected topic. Some authorities have even claimed that the Romans had no mythology at all. Wiseman's remarkable new contribution to this almost totally unexplored field is highly illustrated and characteristically ambitious in its threefold purpose: to collect, and present in readable and accessible form, the neglected evidence for Roman myths, both iconographical and literary; to attempt to trace the development of the Roman story-world over time, from the sixth century BC to the second AD; to explore its afterlife in western culture from the Renaissance to the present day, with generous illustration of the visual evidence from ancient and post-Renaissance sources. Peter Wiseman is Professor of Classics at the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy.


A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History

Author: Robert Hughes

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375711686

Category: History

Page: 498

View: 6544

Presents a history of the Roman empire that provides coverage of an extensive range of topics from its government and architecture to its influence on culture and politics, sharing personal insights from the author's 1958 visit.

The Roman Hannibal

Remembering the Enemy in Silius Italicus' Punica

Author: Claire Stocks

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1781380287

Category: History

Page: 276

View: 5401

Silius Italicus' Punica, the longest surviving epic in Latin literature, has seen a resurgence of interest among scholars in recent years. A celebration of Rome's triumph over Hannibal and Carthage during the second Punic war, Silius' poem presents a plethora of familiar names to its readers: Fabius Maximus, Claudius Marcellus, Scipio Africanus and, of course, Rome's 'ultimate enemy' - Hannibal. Where most recent scholarship on the Punica has focused its attention of the problematic portrayal of Scipio Africanus as a hero for Rome, this book shifts the focus to Carthage and offers a new reading of Hannibal's place in Silius' epic, and in Rome's literary culture at large. Celebrated and demonised in equal measure, Hannibal became something of an anti-hero for Rome; a man who acquired mythic status, and was condemned by Rome's authors for his supposed greed and cruelty, yet admired for his military acumen. For the first time this book provides a comprehensive overview of this multi-faceted Hannibal as he appears in the Punica and suggests that Silius' portrayal of him can be read as the culmination to Rome's centuries-long engagement with the Carthaginian in its literature. Through detailed consideration of internal focalisation, Silius' Hannibal is revealed to be a man striving to create an eternal legacy, becoming the Hannibal whom a Roman, and a modern reader, would recognise. The works of Polybius, Livy, Virgil, and the post Virgilian epicists all have a bit-part in this book, which aims to show that Silius Italicus' Punica is as much an example of how Rome remembered its past, as it is a text striving to join Rome's epic canon.

Mythic Britain Logres

Lands of the Saxons

Author: Paul Mitchener

Publisher: Karnac Books

ISBN: 1911471163

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 144

View: 6294

Mythic Britain: Logres explores the world of the Saxons in 6th Century Britain. It delves into Saxon culture, society, religion and beliefs, bringing life to these enigmatic invaders from the Germanic lowlands of northern Europe. The Enemies and Rivals: Three tribes vie for power; the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes. Already, Aelle and Guercha have established kingdoms, but now comes Cerdic, a new interloper; a warlord bent on carving a kingdom of his own, even if this means taking from the established Saxon chieftains. The New Gods: With new people come new gods and spirits. The Saxons bring with them the Norse gods of Woden and Thunor, along with malignant spirits of Shadow and Cold. Just as the Saxons seek to supplant the Britons, so do their gods seek dominion over the old Celtic deities and the new god whose son is worshipped as Jesus Christ. Mythic Britain: Logres is a companion work to Mythic Britain, expanding on it, but usable in its own right. Containing extended character creation rules for Saxons, it also includes dozens of non-player characters and a complete campaign that is based on rivalries, deceit, treachery and blood-feud. This a must-have for anyone interested in Saxon history and anyone wanting to expand their own Mythic Britain campaign.

Mythic 2

Author: Mike Allen

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 0809557568

Category: Fiction

Page: 140

View: 1124

The world's greatest sorcerer is losing his mind, and all the nations wait in fear for his next move. The faces of the future gaze forward and back, and sirens don't always sing the songs you expect. Deserts speak with the voices of girls, mothers and stepmothers are two pages of the same book, and churches house things stranger than angels. But in the afterlife, you never know when an absinthe spoon will come in handy . . . . The second volume in the critically acclaimed fantasy anthology series from Mythic Delirium Books, edited by Rhysling Award-winning poet Mike Allen, with new writings by Leah Bobet, Richard Parks, Cherie Priest, Catherynne M. Valente, Lawrence Schimel, Sonya Taaffe, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jo Walton and more.

Rome and Jerusalem

The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

Author: Martin Goodman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307544362

Category: History

Page: 624

View: 8332

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. Martin Goodman—equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies—examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs and practices of the two peoples and explains how Rome's interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews. At the same time, Christians began to distance themselves from their origins, becoming increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire. This is the authoritative work of how these two great civilizations collided and how the reverberations are felt to this day. From the Trade Paperback edition.


Author: Ovid

Publisher: Big Nest via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1787240185

Category: Philosophy

Page: 624

View: 7980

The Metamorphoses consists of fifteen books and over 250 myths. The poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.


A Novel of Ancient Rome

Author: Steven Saylor

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429917063

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

View: 5035

Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people. Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of the city's first thousand years — from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome's astonishing ascent to become the capitol of the most powerful empire in history. Roma recounts the tragedy of the hero-traitor Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, the bitter political struggles of the patricians and plebeians, and the ultimate death of Rome's republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar. Witnessing this history, and sometimes playing key roles, are the descendents of two of Rome's first families, the Potitius and Pinarius clans: One is the confidant of Romulus. One is born a slave and tempts a Vestal virgin to break her vows. One becomes a mass murderer. And one becomes the heir of Julius Caesar. Linking the generations is a mysterious talisman as ancient as the city itself. Epic in every sense of the word, Roma is a panoramic historical saga and Saylor's finest achievement to date.