What Are You Reading or Listening To?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ken Dorney, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    Yea, kinda vague. But bear with me. I do read more than one thing at a time. A primary, which gets all the attention, and one or two others which are read a paragraph or chapter at a time depending on situation. Inspired by the video game thread (which I have yet to respond to). Oh. Do the youngsters call them 'video games' any longer? Probably not....

    Ken Harl, Coinage in the Roman Economy.
    Harlan Coben, Drop Shot
    William Golding, Lord of the Flies

    Music, well, I have various tastes and sometimes I get onto a song or two for a few weeks or months:

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  3. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    I'd be reading this if it had showed up today when it was supposed to. I guess I'll be reading it tomorrow.

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  4. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Some cool tunes there!

    I'm a metal head but I like other stuff...I'm a rocker at heart.

    I have not been reading anything lately, sadly.

    We need to have coins too, else we'll get moved to the General Discussion area.

    Constantine I, AD 306-337
    Æ Follis, 18mm, 2.3g, 6h; ; Trier mint, AD 332-333.
    Obv.: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG; rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
    Rev.: GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS; two soldiers holding spears and shields with two standards between them with thin pointed banners
    In Ex.: TR•S

    The above coin is the start of a collecting focus I'm going after - coins of Constantine with the GLORIA EXERCITVS reverse. I intend to collect the by mint, like @John Anthony did with his son.
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  5. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

  6. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    I just finished "The Plantagenets" by Dan Jones. Talk about a great read! Highly recommended. And am now onto "Tudor" by Leanda De Lisle. So far so good. Any other really good books in this genre or area are appreciated!
    Edit and to add some sneaky good tunes that you rock n rollers might not have heard of but will LOVE...
  7. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Love it! Danzig is one of my top favorites!!!

    Thessaly, Larissa
    AR Drachm, 6.0g, 20mm, 12h; c. 380-365 BC.
    Obv.: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly right, wearing ampyx, earring, and necklace.
    Rev.: [ΛAPI]-ΣAIΩN, horse grazing right.
  8. jb_depew

    jb_depew Well-Known Member

    I'm reading Julian, by Gore Vidal, along with a few beginner gemstone faceting books.

    The last song I played on Spotify was a good cover of "Into the black" by Chromatics.
  9. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Same here.

    I still have Danzig and Misfits posters up :D Gona try an see Doyle's (from the misfits) band play tuesday night.


  10. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Actually, I'm reading CT. :)
  11. TheRed

    TheRed Well-Known Member

    Lord of the Flies - that takes me back to High School English class. I haven't read anything in a week, since my second kid came along. Before that I was reading two books.

    Right now I listen to very little, but some Pink Floyd or Pearl Jam are always top of the play list.
  12. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    Thank you for the thread Mr. @Ken Dorney ! And while I'm at it, (though I want to avoid getting too sappy) thank you for the many things that you do here on the Forum and for being an awesome inspiration and resource for beginner collectors such as myself.

    I'm into the Christmas season now. Last week at this time, I was still dragging my feet. I'm the Head of the Seasonal Decorating Committee for my church and last Saturday was our Christmas Decorating Day. When I tell folks I'm decorating the church their response is "Oh, that sounds like fun!" My answer is—"Yes, it's fun but its a relief when it's finished" Actually, much of the experience is mortally terrifying to a person who is uncomfortable with heights—like me! I think I say more prayers on decorating day than any other, each time I prepare to ascend another ladder.

    I'm listening to Christmas music which spans the spectrum from the crude and vulgar (but loved) to the exquisitely beautiful and angelic. Here are two examples of my favorites from the two extremes. The first reminds me of where I was over a decade ago when my wife threw me out of the house and my life was in the gutter. It still inspires me. I must not forget where I was back then and the misery I caused all those who loved me.

    The second is just plain beautiful

    Here's a coin of an emperor who some call the Father of Christmas.


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  13. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Right now I'm reading this:
    "The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine", by Lindsey Fitzharris. Fascinating medical history/biography, and also a reminder to never time travel back to a period before antiseptic medicine and antibiotics were discovered :vomit:

    I don't listen to music very much, recently I've been into the Youtube videos of Malinda Kathleen Reese who does "Google Translate Sings":

    And here's a coin I haven't posted yet, so consider it a sneak peek:
    Phraates III type 36.jpg
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  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I'm on book 9 in the Douglas Jackson "Gaius Valerius Verrens" series
  15. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Currently reading:

    Council of the Cursed-Peter Tremayne
    The Plantagenets-Ben Hubbard
    Richard III-Shakespeare
    Marcus Aurelius Meditations
    Shake Hands with the Devil-Romeo Dallaire
    Coinage in the Roman world-Burnett


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  16. Plumbata

    Plumbata Well-Known Member

    I'm working my way through this dense tome. Gotta love the hidden conspiratorial view of history, it's much more interesting than the elementary school version.

  17. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Currently reading this fascinating bit of biography:


    And listening to Stevie:

  18. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    I think I still have a DK shirt somewhere XD
  19. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Rhiannon is one of my favourite songs to play on my guitar. A great song.
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  20. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Ken - I think we are close in age ... I turn 50 next month.
    I used to own an assortment of 3/4 length sleeved Iron Maiden concert shirts - but that was many moons ago. I was thought I was super cool in High School..lol

    Currently I am reading:

    It's great "in bed" reading... 3 or 4 pages per emperor.. 1 emperor and I am out like a light!
    I do own Ken Harl, Coinage in the Roman Economy... so that will be next.

    As for music .. well I have changed since the concert shirt days...
    But I love the '80s!!! All of it!!

    and everyone needs the classics... watch this to it's end - it's amazing!

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  21. alde

    alde Always Learning

    I'm reading a great book on the beginning of the US Navy called Six Frigates by Ian Toll.
    And listening to a bunch of acoustic guitar music because I love it but also because it helps me in my learning to play. Stefan Grossman is one of my favorites and I am using a couple of his instructional DVD's and books.
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