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Mithridates the Great: Rome's Indomitable Enemy
Mithridates the Great: Rome's Indomitable Enemy
by Philip Matyszak
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a general impression, 20 Nov. 2013
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The book is well written, provides all the general information and manages to keep being pretty entertaining. For me it left an impression of being a little bit shallow. May be it is the case of there being not enough to write about. May be giving an overall impression is exactly what author aimed to do. All in all it is not a bad thing - the book is pretty short anyway, so what would you expect? The only thing I had a problem with is that author is kind of lite on dates. There are certain long and thorough descriptions of particular battles that surprisingly don't say what year that happened in. What would help this book greatly is a general timeline, a list of all the main events and dates. Sadly there is none.
Another thing is somewhat poor editing. There is a good amount of typographical errors throughout the whole book. For me this is the second book of Pen & Sword Military that has that kind of problem (other one being "The Crisis of Rome: The Jugurthine and Northern Wars and the Rise of Marius "), which is kind of strange considering that quality of paper and cover is quite ok.
All in all, if You are interested in the subject, I think You would not regret picking that book


The Crisis of Rome: The Jugurthine and Northern Wars and the Rise of Marius
The Crisis of Rome: The Jugurthine and Northern Wars and the Rise of Marius
by Gareth Sampson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy read, 20 Nov. 2013
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A very descent work. Doesn't wonder around, provides exatly what you would expect from a book with this title and of this size. What makes it really worth reading is that the author tends to not just state the facts but also do a good deal of analysis.
The only problem that I had with this book is that I received a different edition (the cover was different). I can't say anything about the edition with Marius on the cover, but mine had an overall impression of having been poorly edited. Not mentioning a great amount of typographical errors throughout the whole book it had, for example a blank page titled: "List of illustrations to follow once images are finalized". For me this is the second book of Pen & Sword Military that has that kind of problem (other one being "Mithridates the Great: Rome's Indomitable Enemy"), which is kind of strange considering that quality of paper and cover is quite ok.
But that is a minor thing. Otherwise a really worthy read.


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