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Forum Hospitum / Re: Certamen Petronianum
« on: September 15, 2015, 10:57:48 AM »
For further information on the Certamen Petronianum II, including the entry form, prize information, and biographies of the judges, please see this page:

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Forum Hospitum / Certamen Petronianum
« on: September 01, 2015, 11:56:24 PM »
Ten years ago, Nova Roma held a literary competition called the Certamen Petronianum, won by Mr. Kristoffer From with his story "On the Palatine". To celebrate this year's Ludi Plebeii and to honor the much admired Colleen McCullough, who took part in the original competition, I am pleased to announce a second edition of this contest.

From now until the closing of the Ludi Plebeii on November 17th, all are invited to submit their stories, both citizen and non-citizen.

The final judges for this year's contest will be our own citizens Aula Tullia Scholastica and Appia Tullia Hospes.

The Rules
  • The Certamen Petronianum is open to all writers without or nationality restrictions. Authors under 18 may participate with the permission of a guardian.
  • Entries for the Certamen Petronianum 2015 must be tales set in ancient Rome, during the Republic.
  • Entries must be written in English, and have a maximum length of 3000 words.
  • The closing date for entries is 17th November 2015.
  • Entrants may submit only one tale, and the entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form.
  • Entries must be submitted in Word, RTF or plain text file. The tale shall contain no pictures.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously.
  • Each tale must be the original work of the author, and must not have been previously published or successfully entered in to other contests.
  • The judges' decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By submitting your story, you give  non-exclusive permission for it to be posted publicly on the Nova Roma website should it be selected as one of the top three stories.
  • Nova Roma will not use your story for any purpose other than the above, and particularly not for sale, without further written permission from you.
  • At no time will you lose access to your own copyright, and you retain the right to post, submit, or publish your story elsewhere as you see fit (although doing so prior to the announcement of the winning stories may result in disqualification).

Forum Hospitum / Re: Culture and History
« on: September 01, 2015, 11:33:15 AM »
Salve Barbate,

For history, the immediate suggestion that comes to mind is Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It's a famously long book so you may not find it possible to get through the whole thing, but the writing is excellent. Gibbon includes his own analysis alongside the narrative, which might inspire you to look at other interpretations.

Edith Hamilton's The Roman Way is another high quality older book you might want to look. It deals with Roman culture, although again with a great deal of interpretation that you will need to assess for yourself.

Anyone have other recommendations?

P.S. Do we still use these epistolary conventions in the context of a forum?

Religio Romana / Hellinic Revival Festival
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:06:35 PM »
  The organization Thessaly Temenos is hosting this event from November 8th-9th in Raceland, Louisiana. Further information can be found here.
   This might be a worthwhile event for cultores who happen to be in the area.

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