As a addendum to my complaint about the diminishing calibre of UK politicians can I recommend this frankly terrifying comment on their US equivalents.
"Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite and hopelessly powerless to adapt to changing conditions?" - Camille Paglia
A bit more more wargaming related is '40 maps that explain the Roman Empire' which is fascinating, although whoever compiled it takes a fairly liberal approach to the definition of map.
And some Stevie Nicks: