(urth) Essential Background Reading for Soldier Series
alanarc1 at optonline.net
Thu Nov 30 19:00:43 PST 2006
>> What else? Is there anything I'm going to
>> definitely need to make
>> sense of Soldier of Sidon?
> The Illiad, Odyssey, Herodotus' histories, a good
> general history of Rome that covers the etruscans and
> the early Rebublic, a good book on Greek mythology (I
> like Graves' Greek Myths because it offers alternate
> versions) Frank Miller's 300 (just kidding - it is
> entertaining as hell, though). That's all I can think
> of off the top of my head.
One vote of respectful disagreement for all of the above. As far as I can
tell, there is no required reading to make sense of Soldier of Sidon. It's
not without its mysterious passages, but its far more of a straight read
than Arete. That said,
[potential slight spoilers to follow]
passing knowledge of some basic Egyptian mythology and geography would be of
use, also throw in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, add a dash of King
Solomon's Mines, along with knowledge of the search for the source of the
Nile a la Burton/Speke.
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