I hope I've posted this in the right but here we go. EDITED: And yes, I know the title of the topic is really bad. As I am getting ready for what I hope, and working for to be, will be my big upcoming writing project I have run into some troubles regarding the setting. The setting of the project will be the Near East roughly between 900 and 600 BC and focused on the neo-Assyrian empire. The goal is to write historical fiction that will be as accurate as possibly to the historical facts of the period but still enjoyable for modern readers. And thus the following issues have come up that I was thinking that I could use some help with overcoming. 1. To what degree should non-English words and terms be used in the writing, as opposed to the English translation of these terms and more modern expressions? For example to say that "his heart was/is extinguished" to mean he's got no heirs to carry on after him and sacrifice to his ghost is historically accurate but would likely confuse modern readers. 2. Given that there are some blanks in which info regarding the period is it ok to use info from earlier times to fill the blanks? An example is this. There is Assyrian laws from the Middle Assyrian period, 1400-1100 BC, but none from the period I want to write about. Can it be considered ok to use the laws from the earlier period in the later period when there's a blank space? I have no idea how to progress if its not ok to be honest. And there are many other situations where there is a similar situation.