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    Posted: 04 Jun 2009 at 06:26
May I extend the warmest of welcomes to you all, to the Ancient Europe part of All Empires. Here, discussions, questions, and the like, will focus around the European geographical region leading up to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD. We have a fine selection of moderators to help stimulate and supervise discussion in this most fascinating of historical areas. This overview is adapted from a piece of writing by Aster Thrax Eupator:

Ancient Europe doesn't only cover the civilisations of Greco-Roman antiquity, but also covers some of the lesser known and to many, lesser researched civilisations such as the Lusitanians, Diadochi kingdoms and the tribespeople of northern Europe. A well-known geo-cultural fact is that there is not one continent that does not have a city called Rome, and thus, it hardly needs saying that renewed interpretation, research and understanding of the culture that fostered our own is in many respects essential to an understanding of many other areas of history. Controversial issues such as the Parthenon marbles and the ethnic legacy of classical Greece are consistently researched with a high level of intellectual zeal and excellence. As students are well aware, the distinct difference in methodology and historiography between modern and ancient history mean that the ancient Europe section is constantly updated on fascinating archeological discoveries from around the Mediterranean to Scandanavia; some prominent examples include discussions on the mysterious Druids, the phaistos disk and Archaic Italian weaponry.

Some recommended threads from the archive:

Support the return of the Parthenon Marbles
Minoan civilisation originated in Anatolia
Original inhabitants of ancient England

If you have any queries regarding the forum, just send myself or any of the other Ancient Europe moderators a PM.

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A nice quote regarding why we should study the classics as well, which will perhaps get some hearts racing, from Michael Dirda, the 1993 Pulitzer prize winner:
 
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People sometimes ask teachers or critics, Which books should I read to become educated? The short answer is either As many as you can or A small handful that you study to pieces. But a better question might be this one: Which books should I read first?

The answer to that is The great patterning works of world literature and culture, the poems and stories that have shaped civilization.

Without a knowledge of the Greek myths, the Bible, ancient history, the worlds folktales and fairy tales, one can never fully understand the visual arts, most opera, and half the literature of later ages. Homer tells us about Ulysses in The Odyssey; then Dante, Tennyson, James Joyce, Wallace Stevens, and Eudora Welty add to, enrich, and subvert that story in great works of their own. The classics are important not because they are old but because they are always being renewed.



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Well, he forgot to mention the grand eposes of India, the four great Chinese classics, religious books of the Maya, the great tales of the Arabian nights and the classic narratives from the kings of Kiziba. If one shall come to grips with the worlds folk tales one most also read the grand stories from other parts of the world.
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The Arabian Nights are based on the court of Abbasid Caliph Harun Al Rashid, c.840s, and so, despite their interest, do not constitute as ancient european. The forum is called "Ancient Europe", you know...

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Originally posted by Carcharodon Carcharodon wrote:

Well, he forgot to mention the grand eposes of India, the four great Chinese classics, religious books of the Maya, the great tales of the Arabian nights and the classic narratives from the kings of Kiziba. If one shall come to grips with the worlds folk tales one most also read the grand stories from other parts of the world.
 
Chinese, Indian, Arabian and Mayan aren't ancient European.
Better talk us about ancient Iberian, Latins, pre-Classic Greeks, Celts, Gauls, Norse and all other ancient European peoples, that are an interesting topic by themselves.
 
Go Asterix LOL
 
 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Carcharodon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jul 2009 at 08:24
I just took the quoted citation on its words: The answer to that is The great patterning works of world literature and culture, the poems and stories that have shaped civilization.
 
And after that the quoted author, Dirda, just mentioned examples from the Western culture.
 
I just wanted to point out the fact that some people now and then confuse World literature with Western, or even European, literaure.
 
 
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How was Rome formed? I was confused, because Greek myth and traditional Roman myth are different. And I also want to learn about the role of etruscans in the foundation and development of Roman kingdom.

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Greeks got all of their knowledge from the egyptians. They were educated in africa *egypt. They brought knowledge of science, chemistry (study of black or carbon), mathematics, archetecture, and philosophy. Then greeks passed on the knowledge to Romans.
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