I just finished reading another archeology novel: Windows on a Lost World
by V. E. Mitchell (1993, ST-TOS #65). Also finished "The Modern Democratic State" by A. D. Lindsay (1962). Still rereading "I See Satan Fall Like Lightning" by Rene Girard. Also read two journal articles: "Myths and Scapegoats: The Case of Rene Girard" by Richard Kearney (1995) and "Rene Girard and the Rhetoric of Consumption" by Kathleen M. Vandenberg (2005-2006). It might be interesting to read some of the studies of Ferengi character to tap into roots where envy, greed, and violence meet. How did they move on in developing an advanced civilization?