One more than we deserve if you ask me .
On a more serious note, we do have the ocasional good music, obviously that Fado, only existing in Portugal (the "saudade", a word almost impossible to fully translate, had to have a bright side, no?), is the main reference in that category. Still, our candidates to the Eurovision, as far as I can remember, have absolutely sucked for a long time. This year we got a good one, and apparently Eurovision decided to reward us for not making their ears bleed as usual.
Thanks for the congrats. Still, I would be a much more happy person if we ever won the literature Nobel a second time. But I guess we only get one absolutely amazing writer with some generations between, and never again the likes of Saramago, Camões or even Pessoa.
Until then, we will need to get excited with winning Eurovision and being the European champions of football (or soccer, to our american friends). Not bad for our sense of self-worth, quite on the contrary, despite the fact that we probably didn't deserved any of them (can't speak for Eurovision, but we are the least worthy winners of the football European Cup since 2004, at least).
Thanks. Forgive me if I can't really comment on the Netherlands' performance, but I haven't seen the show this year.
Our dusty imperialist notions are infiltrating it, aren't they? "Of course Israel, Turkey and Canada can join Eurovision. Everyone can join, because they still are our subjects, they just like to pretend they aren't, those damned brats!"
Well, Roman Ancient authors have some sound and interesting considerations on those topics when it comes to the Roman Empire, especially if we throw some philosophy onto it, but I have never dealt directly with extensive modern historiography on the subject, and you would hardly want to read a ton of ancient texts.
What is the objective of the readings? For a school paper, for college, for a post-graduation / research paper or just for fun?