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    Non-fiction:
    Germanica: Our ancestors from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages.




    Fiction:
    Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell (was hard to decide which of his books is the best since all of them are generally amazing)

    "Man kann sich heute nicht in Gesellschaft um Deutschland bemühen; man muss es einsam tun wie ein Mensch, der mit seinem Buschmesser im Urwald Bresche schlägt und den nur die Hoffnung erhält, dass irgendwo im Dickicht andere an der gleichen Arbeit sind." - Ernst Jünger

    Ancient DNA: List of All Studies analyzing DNA of Ancient Tribes and Ethnicities(post-2010)


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    Plato's 'Republic' - I just dove straight into it and it totally blew my mind, almost completely shaped my views about life, politics and philosophy.

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    I'm a bit torn...

    I loved the Lord of the Rings. I loved the Elric Sagas by Michael Moorcock. I also loved The Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard.

    But, I have to say, the best book I've ever read has got to be the Prose Edda by Snorri Sturlusson. I kept going back again and again reading it and could not get enough of it at one point.

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    Marcus Aurelius Meditations

    Meditations by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.



    "He does not care whether his soul in its mortal frame shall be his to possess for a longer or a shorter term of years; this very moment if it be the hour of his departure, he will step forth as readily as he performs any other act that can be done in self respecting and orderly fashion. No other care has he in life but to keep his mind from straying into paths incompatible with those of an intelligent and social being.
    "For the passing minute is every man's equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours anymore. Our loss is limited to the one fleeting instant since no one can lose what has already past, nor what is yet to come. When the longest lived and the shortest lived of us come to die their loss is precisely equal. For the sole thing of which any man can be deprived is the present; since this is all he owns and nobody can lose what is not his."
    Words that everyone once used are now obsolete, and so are the men whose names were once on everyone's lips: Camillus, Caeso, Volesus, Dentatus, and to a lesser degree Scipio and Cato, and yes, even Augustus, Hadrian, and Antoninus are less spoken of now than they were in their own days. For all things fade away, become the stuff of legend, and are soon buried in oblivion. Mind you, this is true only for those who blazed once like bright stars in the firmament, but for the rest, as soon as a few clods of earth cover their corpses, they are 'out of sight, out of mind.' In the end, what would you gain from everlasting remembrance? Absolutely nothing. So what is left worth living for? This alone: justice in thought, unselfish in action, speech that cannot utter falsehood, and a disposition glad of whatever comes, welcoming it as necessary, as familiar, as flowing from the same source and fountain as yourself.
    The soul is a sphere which retains the integrity of it’s own form it does not bulge or contract for anything, does not flare or subside, but keeps the constant light by which it sees the truth of all things and the truth in itself.
    "Observe how all things are continually being born of change; teach yourself to see that nature's highest happiness lies in changing the things that are and forming new things after their kind."
    I noticed myself jotting down ideas in the book that he talked about a few pages later- great minds think alike no matter what millennium. lol
    (Wen Jiabao has read it over a hundred times and it was a favorite book of Frederick the Great, John Stuart Mill, Matthew Arnold, Goethe and Bill Clinton).

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    Plato's Republic or the Gospel of John.

    Storm of Steel gets an honourable mention, too.
    In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.
    -John 1:1

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    I don't know if my complete works of Shakespeare counts as a 'book'. It's the best thing I've read in book form, at least.

    Second prize goes to:


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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Because we laugh, or we die.

    And, anyway, it's got the singular most useful two-word bit of advice ever uttered by philosophers:

    DON'T PANIC!





    It's 10 oclock. Do you know where your towel is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynterwade View Post
    Meditations by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
    Excellent choice. I particularly like that book myself.
    In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.
    -John 1:1

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    Also sprach Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche impressed me very much.

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    Fiction: KS Robinsons "Memory of Whiteness"

    Non-fiction: Hedsels "Zelator"

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