Bob probably lost a fight to an Italian at school or something.
Hey Strom! Actually, there were several Italian-American boxers that Howard respected. THAT stuff will probably go on the projected "Howard and Sports" thread. REH's Argosseans in "Queen" and "Dragon" are tough, salty sea-dogs like the Italian Genovese/Pisans/Venetians of the Middle Ages that Howard modeled them on. Howard had no problem with medieval Italians, just those of the Republican/Imperial era. He really didn't like the Roman empire. Basically, REH didn't give much of a rat's a$$ for any ethnic group from the "Classical" period (except the Celts). He consistently said that his interests lay in the pre-Classical Middle East and the medieval period (from Erin to Mongolia). If you look at the cultures of the Hyborian Age, there is that exact same split, everything north (and east) of Shem being "medieval"-type cultures, everything south basically pre-Classical Semitic, Egyptian etc...
Hello, first time poster.
I'm going to be playing the Conan RPG for the first time, and had intended to make a Roman character. Do you see where I'm headed? Reading through the material, and a myriad of older threads, I get the impression that REH avoided placing Romans (Western Romans, not Byzantines) within his world. Aquilonians seem more akin to the european knight, but some pictures represent them as being very Roman in look.
I understand that REH is perhaps mixing the lines so as to avoid direct parrallels. However, should one want to make a Roman character, which race _most_ represents the Roman empire as a primary motif? I'm leaning toward Koth because of the Byzantine feel...Would you agree?
Thanks in advance for helping a noob,