Recommendations

Literature:

the Poetic Edda/Elder Edda – where anyone should start with the Norse myths (be sure to get a good edition like the Oxford one with useful footnotes and introductions)

Homer, Virgil

The Book of Dead/The Book of Going Forth By Day – An essential text not only regarding Ancient Egyptian culture but European/Post-Neanderthal culture in general. I particularly recommend this edition, if you can get hold of it where you are, it’s the one I got and is a supposedly more up-to-date English translation and is beautifully put together, with the parts of the scroll that were damaged after its discovery seamlessly fitted together thanks to our modern technology. I felt I had to get the fully illustrated version to fully “get it”…

Mesopotamian myths – The Epic of Gilgamesh and Enuma Elish are the most well-known of these but the former seems to be the only one you can buy by itself. You can, however, buy a collection of myths including origin myths which I assume are similar or identical to Enuma Elish anyway, again in an Oxford Classics edition: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Myths-Mesopotamia-Creation-Gilgamesh-Classics/dp/0199538360/ref=pd_sim_b_7

Marcua Aurelius – Meditations. Classic stoic Roman philosophy by an excellent ruler who had a very good, honest and pro-European attitude.

James Frazer – the Golden Bough (Anyone who has started to look into ancient European mythology and magic should have at least heard of this…have not got round to properly reading this myself yet but a good place to start with modern literature on the subject)

Varg Vikernes – Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia – Apparently influenced a lot by Frazer’s approach but an excellent, refreshing approach at customs (relevant to all Europeans) during and before the Viking age

http://www.burzum.org/eng/news.shtml

Brian Bates – the Real Middle-Earth – alternative look at the “dark ages” with a serious, if psychological rather than historical, attempt to recreate this ancient world and, crucially, the mindset of its inhabitants

Music:

Ambient/Folk: Wardruna, Mortiis, Wongraven, Winterriket, Folque, Lord Wind, Daemonia Nymphe, Legionarii

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6 thoughts on “Recommendations

    • I have heard of it, vaguely, thanks for the reminder, I will check it out. There is a treasure trove of Roman and Greek literature I have not read yet, I have not even read what do I have really, apart from the first few Edda poems, the Iliad and the Aeneid

      • By the way, do you have any link for Brian Bates, I would like to be acquainted with his ideas, because these weeks while listening to (recunstructed) medieval and renaissaince music, was thinking about what is christian and what is pagan in cultures of that time, and in music especially. The music in itself is pagan, the same is with celebrations, but the most pagan music of Middle Ages was of course secular music, especially in the south. But it is just my opinion.

  1. I agree, I love very “Christian” medieval and Renaissance music like Gregorian chants, and later Christian baroque music like Bach…we’re naturally able to make beautiful art and music, even if it is dedicated to the wrong God. There is a good channel on youtube that has loads of music from the Crusades, as well as Viking music, but I struggled to find it last time I looked.

    Bates: http://www.brianbates.co.uk/ – this also links to the website for Way of Wyrd which is probably more informative. I went to a day course of his Shamanic Consciousness (taught by him and Susan Greenwood, an anthropologist who focuses on magic. She also said she is personally interested in Kabballah though, so may want to watch out there), the course was great, I had an “experience” while they did this slow shamanic drumming thing, which was really simple but it’s a combination of that happening around you and putting yourself in the right frame of mind. I have not tried it since, but seems a lot more worthwhile than wasting hours on some Buddhist/Indian meditation garbage. Here is is book on amazon.co.uk, I assume they post to Moldova: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Real-Middle-Earth-Magic-Mystery/dp/0330491709/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364406894&sr=8-1

    He is probably not as useful or well-informed as Varg or Sir James Frazer before him (see the Golden Bough), but if you’re looking for another serious alternative he is pretty good and still worth checking out.

  2. I would recommend Histories by Herodotus, in it you will find the vicissitudes and epic battles of the Hellenes against the Persians. Moreover, the historian plunges into the heart of other civilizations such as the Egyptian one and does it eloquently and elegantly. I am reading it again, to comprehend more certain aspects of the periphery of the Hellenic world and I am looking forward to immersing myself in the L acedaemonians’ world.
    Regards.

  3. Thanks, I have been meaning to read Herodotus ever since I first saw 300 actually, I’ve seen a nice hardback I need to get. He does seem good. The wealth of historical sources on Greece and Rome is truly vast – the two Plinys, Tacitus, plus the works written by Caesars and senators themselves.

    I need to update the about and recommendation pages soon, and highlight this blog’s status as an “Othalist blog”

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