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I have read lots on the period of around the Punic war and the period during the civil war, but I have yet to read a good modern book on the Romanization of the east. I have read some of the contemporary historians, but I would like to have a chance to take in some recent scholarship.

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closed as off topic by canadiancreed Feb 1 '12 at 22:53

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Book recommendation questions are generally not a good fit for the Q&A system. – mmyers Feb 1 '12 at 22:42
@mmyers - are they explicitly off topic for History SE? I know they are on-topic at Literature yet off-topic at SciFi... – DVK Feb 2 '12 at 3:10
The best original source is Polybius. And some of the Plutarchus Lives. – Alex May 3 at 18:09