Don't want to derail the Ivic thread with Roman Empire chat, so decided to create a new independent thread if any one is interested. I'm looking at you @Smudger @Since63 ... I'm currently reading (and almost done with) Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale, which I have found very interesting. Planning on moving onto the Fate of Rome next as per Smudger's recommendation. I also must try and finish reading Meditation by Marcus Aurelius, but I have to be in the right mood for that one. I used to be really into the fall of the Republic and early Empire, but recently have started getting a fascination with the fall of the Empire (starting from the crisis of the third century), and how Rome itself as a city went from 1 million inhabitants down to only 20,000 in a few centuries. I'm particularly interested in the disabitato areas of Rome and how it fell into ruin. In terms of Emperors, Julian the Apostate is someone who I find very interesting; however, I'll always have a soft spot for Gaius Octavius or Augustus as everyone knows him as!