Hi, a quick question: are Herodotus's Histories statted anywhere? A&A doesn't have them. One of my players would like a crocodile familiar, and I've been looking up crocodiles. Herodotus' second Histories book goes into more detail, so I'd like to give that book to my player that he can find crocodiles and I can start my adventure in Crododopolis!
If not, perhaps a Summa on Magic Lore, and a few Tractati on (Area) Lore are appropriate? We play in the Theben Tribunal, so ancient Greek versions of the text could be read by my players.
A tractatus (or series of thractatus) on Magic Lore sounds about right to me. Area Lore (history) is also good option, but I do not have the books nor much idea of what they contain, so can't give a more informed opinion here.
Thanks for the Landmark Herodotus link, looks very promising! Also, your book compilation is great. I had the feeling that a few of the book were of a far-too high quality...
I think I'll go with 3 Summae on (Area) Lore: Persia 2, Greece 2, Levant/North Africa 2. Plus 1 Tractatus on Philosphiae and and 1 Tractatus on Magic Lore (this one will house the crocodiles). Quality 9, for an original, probably 7-8 for substandard copies corrupted by the ages.
Jarkman, that guide is awesome. So using this immediately.
Mmm, one thing: Does it occur that there's never any benefit for reading unique books? Maybe books should provide some additional benefit upon reading, like Fibonacci's work does (albeit not on that level, depending.) To elaborate, learning Artes Liberales from him, via teaching or his books and such, gives +1 to Herbam related magic, due to his Golden Mean.
Any links to online print copies of the work, with or without commentary? After all, the works have been used scholastically for a long time methinks, so there should be a few public domain commentaries out there.