Monthly Archives: January 2017


Excellent Site:





Been away awhile busy at other things. Slowly kicking back in.

Here’s something interesting I found in the meantime. Good source for gamers. Good source for writers.





I was recently (last year) listening to a set of lectures on ancient Anatolia and the professor mentioned a record of a particular set of “tame fish” who resided in a temple or palace (can’t remember which now) that one could call to (orally) and they would swim up to you. (As you might call a dog.) They were famous and widely known of. Records existed of them. These fish were considered sacred. And even intelligent.

Anyway they gave me an idea-set for a set of fish to be included in my trilogy of novels the Kithariune. The ideas are as follows. These fish are owned by the Sidh or the Lorahn (haven’t decided yet) and are extremely ancient and well known. They are also considered sacred and intelligent. They can trigger highly accurate but confusing prophetic visions and dreams if they bite you upon…

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THE VIKING CATS – background, outline, and structure


The Viking Cats – I sat down and sketched out the chapters and the progression I had been working on in my mind for my novel.

Below are the Chapter titles.

The book will primarily be targeted at young boys, let’s say 7 to 13 or so. It will be somewhere between 120 to 140 pages long (my initial estimate), maybe longer.

The story is a mix of literary, historical, spiritual, and real life (for me) influences combined in a single story that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.

In general format it will be similar to the White Stag, one of my very favorite children’s books of all time. But instead of Attila the Hun (and later Chieftain and King of the Huns) being led by a White Stag (overland) into the West the character Hale (a very common boy of no great background who…

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‘The Eagle Huntress’ And The Ancient History Of Falconry

History From Below

Over at the Forbes blog this week, I discuss the ancient and medieval history of falconry in the Mediterranean. After seeing the new documentary film ‘The Eagle Huntress,’ about a 13-year-old girl named Aisholpan learning to become an eagle hunter with her father in Mongolia, I went back to some class notes on Greco-Roman attitudes towards the eagle and the later development of falconry. This post was a good excuse to emphasize that there is little material evidence for falconry in the Roman world until the period of Late Antiquity. It is possible that the Vandals or Visigoths popularized the sport within the late Roman world. During the early middle ages, falconry and particularly the use of not only falcons, but also hawks, became popular among both male and female elites. Falconry was a courtly sport and in the late medieval period, we even have writings from women on the topic…

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This Could be a Game of Thrones Death

Amazing History


I’ve been talking about Game of Thrones and death in a few posts now and I feel this one should make it into the books/TV show somewhere

The Rus’ wanted to put a stop to the Mongolian Empire so set out for war, led by the Grand Duke of Kiev, Mstislav III. The first wave of fighting against the Mongols was instantly repelled by Genghis Khans son, Jochi. The rest of the Rus’ army held out for three days but were captured and killed.

So far, so normal. Mstislav III and his men were killed by suffocation as they were forced to lie on the ground, underneath board, while the Mongols sat on the boards and ate their dinner. A slow way die, under the weight of a Mongol army.

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Part One (b): Who was Suetonius?

The Starving Archaeologist

Now that we’ve gotten to know Plutarch, let’s ask: Who was Suetonius?

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus was born ca. 70 AD, at the ascendancy of the Flavian dynasty (emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian). Unlike Plutarch, Suetonius was born a Roman citizen into an equestrian family. His father initially served as tribune in the short-lived faction of emperor Otho before defecting with his legion to Vespasian in 69 AD. Having grown up in Rome, Suetonius relied on the patronage of Pliny the Younger throughout his career and in support of his efforts as an author.

Suetonius held three positions in the service of the courts of emperors Trajan and Hadrian (98-138 AD): he oversaw research, the imperial library, and managing imperial correspondence. He maintained these roles until his dismissal from the imperial court after falling to disfavor, allegedly for some breach in propriety with the emperor’s wife. Nevertheless, his career gave him unparalleled access to…

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In Development: Database of Megalithic Burials

ResearchBuzz: Firehose

In development: a database of megalithic burials. “The study linking archeology, biology and history would lead to building a database to provide information on disease process, and, more importantly, to indicate conditions that could have led to the development, maintenance and the changing manifestations of disease through time.” It’s not clear in the article if this is just for India or not.

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Engineering an Empire: Roman Units of Linear Measurement (Part 1 of 3).

The Ancient World

By Pat Lowinger

From the Iberian Peninsula of modern Spain, to the isles of Britain, across the shores of North Africa and to the eastern borders of the Empire, the Romans were united not only by the Pax Romana, but also a very precise system of measurements which spread uniformity in construction, trade, cartography and science to all corners of the Empire.  

The Romans have long been hailed by modern scholars for their ability to undertaken great feats of engineering and construction throughout the span of the Empire.  Whether it is the famous aqueducts, vast roadways or the grand monuments which dotted the landscape, Roman engineers and labors relied upon a precise system of measurement in order to bring civilization to a barbaric world.

agrippa Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (62 -12 BCE).  A key Roman general, statesman and cartographer during the reigns of Julius Caesar and Augustus, Agrippa is believed to have…

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ancient world podcasts


Treat yourself to some new podcast listening! Our friends over at the Literature and History podcast put together this handy infographic of some of the best podcasts about the ancient world.


Quick links:

The History of Ancient Greece (Ryan Stitt)

Podcast History of Our World (Rob Monaco)

Trojan War Podcast (Jeff Wright)

Literature and History (Doug Metzger)

Ancient Greece Declassified (Jason Webley)

The Ancient World (Scott C.)

MythTake (Alison Innes & Darrin Sunstrum)

Open Yale Courses–Introduction to Ancient Greek History (Donald Kagan)

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Britain’s Ancient Capital: Secrets of Orkney

The Heritage Trust

The Bridge of Brodgar, Orkney in 1875 by Walter Hugh Patton (1828-1895)
Source Wikimedia Commons
For those interested in archaeology, and ancient Britain, tonight’s program on BBC TWO from 9.00pm to 10.00pm should make fascinating viewing –
Orkney – seven miles off the coast of Scotland and cut off by the tumultuous Pentland Firth, the fastest flowing tidal race in Europe – is often viewed as being remote. Yet it is one of the treasure troves of archaeology in Britain. Recent discoveries there are turning the stone age map of Britain upside down. Rather than an outpost at the edge of the world, recent finds suggest an extraordinary theory… that Orkney was the cultural capital of our ancient world and the origin of the stone circle cult which culminated in Stonehenge.

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001 – Mike Mearls

World Builder Blog

The first episode of Table Top Babble is now up!


James Introcaso talks to 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons lead designer Mike Mearls about the past, present, and future of the game.

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D&D’s Magic is Busted

The Writing Engine

I’m serious. It’s terrible. Vancian magic is absolutely horrible for a game. I’m not going to preserve it, at all, and there’s no reason to defend it. It makes no sense that beings who are otherwise massively powerful and able to manipulate the very matter of the universe with their will alone, essentially, are trapped in the most player and game punishing system possible.

It’s also far, far too powerful as it exists now.

We’re scrapping the whole thing and starting from scratch.

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The Last Guardian was my favorite game of last year. It’s beauty is something i’ll remember for a long time.

Like For Real Dough

The Last Guardian was my favorite game of last year. It’s beauty is something i’ll remember for a long time.

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