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Pompey (Command) by Nic Fields
Pompey (Command) by Nic Fields
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnus or Carnifex?, 15 May 2013
Pompey will always play second fiddle to his one time friend - and later rival - Julius Caesar. Having been on the losing side of the Civil War, Pompey's earlier career tends to be overlooked as nothing more than a prelude to Caesar's ultimate glory. So does Pompey deserve title conferred on him by Sulla of 'Magnus' the Great?

Nic Fields does a great job with the material on offer. Trying to condense the life of a towering figure like Pompey into 40+ pages is no mean feat, but Dr. Fields succeeds admirably. He analyses the whole of Pompey's career, from his early years as the 'Teenage butcher' of Sulla's regime to the Civil War era. Most of the emphasis though is on his… Read more
Assassin's Creed III (Exclusive Edition)[PS3] by Ubisoft
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Parkouring the Shark, 5 Jan 2013
When thinking about Assassin's Creed 3 that familiar idiom pops into my mind - 'jumping the shark'. For movies you have Indiana Jones's 'nuking the fridge', but for video games I know of no equivalent. One thing I have realised is that whenever a succesful franchise approaches the 18th century, the quality begins to decline considerably. Consider the classic PC strategy series 'Age of Empires' or the 'Total War' saga; both had much loved titles set in earlier periods, but when they reached the Revolutionary War period, they produced duds in the form of Age of Empires III and Empire: Total War. Assassin's Creed 3 follows in their ignoble footsteps.

The original Assassin's Creed… Read more
The Golden Age of Roman Britain by Guy de la Bedoyere
The Golden Age of Roman Britain by Guy de la Bedoyere
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Age, 1 Dec 2012
The Third and Fourth Centuries AD have long been seen as a period of decline in Roman Britain; an era that saw the rebellious province breakaway from the grasp of Rome to form its own 'British Empire' under Carausius. This has at least been the common image of the era, popularised by the novels of Rosemary Sutcliff, and many see it as little more than a dull interlude between the conquests of the first century AD and the dawn of the Anglo-Saxon age. English archaeologist and Romano-British expert Guy de la Bedoyere argues otherwise. He sees a rich and fascinating era, exemplified with the flourishing villas built in the south of the country, with their finely decorated walls and mosaics… Read more