Ancient Rome

This is Research Doodle Gus's favorite time period. Since he is named for Rome's first emperor, Augustus, this time period is his playground. He's not a fan of the Republican era, with all of its unpleasant democratic institutions (Gus is an autocrat at heart), and he really takes note once Julius Caesar comes on the scene. 

Also, much like the ancient Romans, Gus loves pitched land battles and reclining while eating (he actually lays down in front of his bowl while he eats). Below are some of the research materials he is fond of. 


Duncan, Mike. “The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic” Public Affairs, 2017.

Goodman, Rob and Soni, Jimmy. “Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar.” St. Martin’s Press, 2012.

Livy, “The Early History of Rome.” Penguin Classics, 2002

Plutarch, “Cato the Younger” (translated by John Dryden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology),


American Revolution

Research Doodle Sally is a huge fan of the Revolutionary War. (There were a lot of famous Revolutionary Era women named Sally).

He is also inspired by the notion of throwing off the constraining shackles of a despotic overlord (in this case, Research Doodle Gus). 

When not feverishly researching for History's Trainwrecks, Sally is busy composing his own Declaration of Independence. 

From Gus. 

Sally and Lamb Chop - free from Gus's (pictured, top left) tyranny


Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836, and Matthew L. (Matthew Livingston) Davis. Memoirs of Aaron Burr. New York: Harper, 18371838.

De Fonblanque, Edward Barrington, 1821-1895. Political And Military Episodes In the Latter Half of the Eighteenth Century: Derived From the Life And Correspondence of the Right Hon. John Burgoyne, General, Statesman, Dramatist. London: Macmillan and co., 1876. 

Ellis, Joseph J. His Excellency: George Washington. Vintage, 2005.

Isenberg, Nancy. Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr. Penguin Books, 2007.

Marshall, John. The Life of George Washington. Derby & Jackson, 1857.

McCullough, David, “1776” Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Stewart, David O. American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. Simon & Schuster, 2011.

Wandell, Samuel H. (Samuel Henry), 1860-1943, and Meade Minnigerode. Aaron Burr: a Biography Written, In Large Part, From Original And Hitherto Unused Material. New York: London, 1927.

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