I’m halfway through this, which though abridged, is still a huge book. Not an easy read and one you’ll benefit from by Googling bits and pieces throughout, but it is remarkable – not only in its historical achievements, but that it offers a treasure trove of inspiration for writers. I’ve already a dozen ideas for good stories. Quite a nice time of year for reading – I don’t think I’d ever have as much free time to really tackle something major as this.
I’m also listening to the unabridged audiobook of Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff, a vibrant and detailed biography, and a fascinating glimpse into a ruling woman of the ancient world (a nice contrast to the male-dominated histories I’ve come across so far).