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For my novel, should I read books on the History of Rome for research or just wing it?
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I'm writing a novel with an empire set on a futuristic planet modeled after the Roman Empire. I want to make up my own events that were similar to the events that happened in Rome. It's about how an empire started off as a weak kingdom but overtime grew with up becoming a powerful empire. I'm writing about the rise, growth, fall, and raise again of the empire. I wanted to know if I should read books on Rome to get a better understanding of what the empire was like before, during, and after it's rise and fall. Or should I just write the story my way with little understanding of Rome which I am modeling my fictional empire after. What do you think I should do? Is it possible to make this a story? I mean it's not just about the empire, it's also about an immortal clan who rules the empire and the empire as well. Help is wanted.


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I don't know how you can model your fictional empire after the Roman Empire, with little understanding of it. So if your goal is truly to model it on real historical Rome, then yes you should read up on it.

But I think you can create a fictional empire that covers the things you say you want to cover, without modeling it on the Roman Empire, in which case you don't have to read up on that specifically.

BTW, I'm going to move this over to Creative Corner, since that's really designed as a place to get feedback about creative projects, including writing.

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I don't know how you can model your fictional empire after the Roman Empire, with little understanding of it. So if your goal is truly to model it on real historical Rome, then yes you should read up on it.

But I think you can create a fictional empire that covers the things you say you want to cover, without modeling it on the Roman Empire, in which case you don't have to read up on that specifically.

BTW, I'm going to move this over to Creative Corner, since that's really designed as a place to get feedback about creative projects, including writing.



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I agree with Lorreen. You should use the "concept" of Rome but create your own world. You are more in control of your story if you use your own idea of your world than following one that was established.
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I agree with Lorreen. You should use the "concept" of Rome but create your own world. You are more in control of your story if you use your own idea of your world than following one that was established.


I'm creating my own world but just taking events that happened in Rome and putting it in my own words.
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macht_gut wrote:

I agree with Lorreen. You should use the "concept" of Rome but create your own world. You are more in control of your story if you use your own idea of your world than following one that was established.


I'm creating my own world but just taking events that happened in Rome and putting it in my own words.


Oh, Well in that case, I would read those events you wanted to depict. There would be no need to read and understand fully the history of Rome. It would take too much time. And it would be just like any other empire, a lot of rape, plunder, and killings. Keep me in mind when it is available to read.

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macht_gut wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


macht_gut wrote:

I agree with Lorreen. You should use the "concept" of Rome but create your own world. You are more in control of your story if you use your own idea of your world than following one that was established.


I'm creating my own world but just taking events that happened in Rome and putting it in my own words.


Oh, Well in that case, I would read those events you wanted to depict. There would be no need to read and understand fully the history of Rome. It would take too much time. And it would be just like any other empire, a lot of rape, plunder, and killings. Keep me in mind when it is available to read.



I actually want to read the history of Rome.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I actually want to read the history of Rome.


I applaud you!
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I applaud you!


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Research the everloving shit out of it. If one plans on using something as inspiration, then the research has to be done. It's like winging world war II history, or winging the French Revolution, aka inexcusable. Historical fiction, even if it's masked under a new world, should still be accurate to its source.
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Research the everloving shit out of it. If one plans on using something as inspiration, then the research has to be done. It's like winging world war II history, or winging the French Revolution, aka inexcusable. Historical fiction, even if it's masked under a new world, should still be accurate to its source.


Okay, I will.
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I agree with the others, it would be very good to read about Roman history. I think it would be good to learn a little about Greece and the ancient world in that area. The hardest but most important thing to research would be what everyday life was like for the average citizen. You can make some things up to fill the holes, but I have a soft spot for historical fiction that at least tries to be true to it.

It sounds like it will be an interesting story!
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Kitahoshi_Hazel wrote:

I agree with the others, it would be very good to read about Roman history. I think it would be good to learn a little about Greece and the ancient world in that area. The hardest but most important thing to research would be what everyday life was like for the average citizen. You can make some things up to fill the holes, but I have a soft spot for historical fiction that at least tries to be true to it.

It sounds like it will be an interesting story!


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Just watch all of game of thrones episodes and Gladiator good to go maybe 300 also
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Just watch all of game of thrones episodes and Gladiator good to go maybe 300 also


Okay.
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