Just a funny note. I was reading about the Persian Empire (Archaemenid), and got to the part of Alexander the Great kicking their butts. In there was a note about a companion of Alexander, a historian and architect, named Aristobulus. I was very amused by this, as I had no idea where Joel Rosenberg (no, not THAT Joel Rosenberg, of whom, incidentally, I haven't heard until he was mentioned recently on the Colbert Report) got the name for his wizard in The Sleeping Dragon. Very cool when you find things like that.