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.
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.
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