Does anyone else read ancient literature from the Mediterranean? I find this stuff endlessly fascinating.
Currently I'm reading Thucydides' The Peleponnesian Wars. The book is about the war between Athens and Sparta before the days of Alexander the great. Written by the exiled general Thucydides (thoo-ki-dye-dez)
It's a dark and startling read, because it almost seems like he's reviewing how politics and war play out these days.
I also the first half of Julius Caesar's War Diaries. I don't like the guy but he was really good at what he did. I feel really bad for the Gauls and the Pompeian supporters. Sometimes it seems perhaps Julius did all those wars because he believed in peace... after all he raised Augustus who created one of the greatest periods of peace Mediterraneans have ever known.
These reads almost make me sick sometimes for their violence, but it helps me come to grips and understand the world of today.
Also I feel tutored in the art of war lol.