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February 16th, 2003, 11:46 PM
I really enjoyed Colleen MCCollough Roman History series. Are there other fans of MCCollough out there? The novels of course are about the late Roman Republic and I liked the last one The October Horse. Probably, there are not many out there interested in Roman History. Just trying to find out about people's interest besides swimming.

February 18th, 2003, 01:01 PM
One of my interests besides swimming is posting on message boards.

February 18th, 2003, 04:23 PM
Did they have any good Masters teams in Rome? They prolly stole the whole..."swim on your side, roll, and distance per stroke" ideas from the Etruscans. Actually.... I wonder what crazy strokes the Roman doods were swimming... huh. Makes a brother wonder.

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Shinob - out

February 18th, 2003, 05:32 PM
Didn't the Romans swim naked? I wonder how that would affect your times...

February 18th, 2003, 09:11 PM
On the anicent history site there was a few points about swimming in the anicent world. Even the Egypt and the Greeks. The Greeks had strokes similar to backstroke and Freestyle and breastroke and the Romans probably pick up on this. As for the Estrucans they give the Romans their soothsayers and Togas and water system. They probably also knew the type of swimming common from the Greeks. As for swimming naked it is probably true for military training and maybe recreatonal swimming since they had only a loin cloth available to cover the private parts. But soldiers and sailors did swim fully clothed during battle because Julius Caesar was said to have during the ALexandrian War which did involved some sea-battle encounters. On the other side of the world, the Japanese during the same time period were the first to swim competitively.