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Forum Hospitum / Re: Certamen Petronianum
« Last post by A. Iulius Paterculus 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 / Re: Culture and History
« Last post by Gaius Claudius Barbatus on September 06, 2015, 08:56:55 PM »
I prefer books. Secondary sources to start and when my Latin improves on to primary sources, if I understand your difference correctly.
Thank you
Gaius Claudius Barbatus
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Forum Hospitum / Re: Culture and History
« Last post by Sulla on September 03, 2015, 03:20:47 AM »
There are PLENTY of books on Roman history and culture.  Do you prefer Kindle links?  Do you prefer primary or secondary sources?
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Forum Hospitum / Re: Certamen Petronianum
« Last post by C. Decius Laterensis on September 02, 2015, 02:45:13 PM »
I would suggest that, in addition to here, posting this to NR's official lists as well as the Facebook page.  Unfortunately, this forum isn't getting anywhere near the traffic that those are.
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Forum Hospitum / Certamen Petronianum
« Last post by A. Iulius Paterculus 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).
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Forum Hospitum / Re: Culture and History
« Last post by C. Decius Laterensis on September 01, 2015, 01:25:02 PM »
P.S. Do we still use these epistolary conventions in the context of a forum?

Usually not, though it would be a shame to lose them as it grants a rather unique flavor to our communications.  I think that's something we'll have to decide for ourselves.

*Puts on moderators hat*

Since this thread doesn't really relate to food or drink, I'm going to move it to the Forum Hospitum.  That's a better place for more general discussions.
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Forum Hospitum / Re: Culture and History
« Last post by A. Iulius Paterculus 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?

Vale,
Paterculus
P.S. Do we still use these epistolary conventions in the context of a forum?
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Forum Hospitum / Re: Work in Progress
« Last post by C. Decius Laterensis on August 30, 2015, 03:46:29 PM »
Unfortunately, I think I've hit the limits of what I can do with free hosting.  I'll be looking into inexpensive web hosting and a domain name to get this thing running properly.  As always, I'm open to any suggestions.
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Forum Hospitum / Culture and History
« Last post by Gaius Claudius Barbatus on August 29, 2015, 06:35:05 PM »
Could someone suggest books on Roman culture and history.
Thank you
Gaius Claudius Barbatus
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Forum Hospitum / Work in Progress
« Last post by C. Decius Laterensis on August 29, 2015, 04:05:13 PM »
Now that this forum is back up and running, I'm going to be spending some time experimenting with new features.  The core forum should remain unchanged, but please bear with me as I try out different plugins.  Currently at the top of my agenda are a better chat plugin and a mailing list plugin.  That latter one might take some work to get running properly. 

I'm also open to suggestions and feature requests.  If there's anything you'd like to see this forum do, please don't hesitate to ask.
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