Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mars, the Roman God of War

With “Peace on Earth” a perennial holiday theme, here are two “Mars, the Roman god of war” pieces worth reading, even though neither is science fiction.

The first is “Digging into the myths of Rome,” a recent BBC article detailing the discovery of a cave in Rome that may be the site where, according to Roman mythology, a she-wolf suckled Romulus and Remus, the city's founders and twin sons of Mars.

The second is The Boston Globe’s "Season’s readings,” a list of recent books that includes former poet laureate Marvin Bell’s Mars Being Red (2007), which is a collection of poems that wages a "war of words on the ravages of battle."

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