About the Author & Sources


Joost Douma is an international consultant to governments, companies, organizations and also founder of the Dutch national science center NEMO.

His extensive research for Cornelia was conducted over a nine-year period, in relevant sites covering Spain, Italy and Turkey. Cornelia is his first novel. He is currently working on a second.

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Sources for Cornelia

To construct a true and vivid picture of Cornelia, her time and the political struggles of her sons, the author made use of direct sources and more general works.

Direct sources (Loeb Classical Library, London and Universal-Bibliothek, Stuttgart):

Latin: Plautus, Lucilius, Livius, Gellius, Accius, Cicero, Plinius, Cato, Martialis, Valerius Maximus, Cornelius Nepos, Frontinus, Fronto, Plotinus, Marcus Aurelius, Lucretius, Tacitus and Varro.

Ancient Greek: Thales, Anaximander, Anaximnes, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empledokles, Democritos, Leukippos, Zenon, Polybius, Plutarchos, Pindar, Thucydides, Callimachus, Theophrastus, Aristoteles, Aristophanes, Plato, Isocrates and Appian.

General sources:

Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman world

Roma Antica, Il Centro Monumentale

A new Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, Richardson

The Gracchi, Boren

The Gracchi, David Stockton

The Roman Republic, Boren

Daily Life in Ancient Rome, Jerome Carcopino

Athenian Democracy, Jones

Griechische Geschichte, Bengston

Engineering in the Ancient World, Landels

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