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A Traveller's History of Greece
by Tim Boatswain Details
In "A Traveller's History of Greece," the reader is provided with an authoritative general history of Greece from its earliest beginnings down to the present day. It covers in a clear and comprehensive manner the classical past, the conflict with Persia, the conquest by the Romans, the Byzantine era and the occupation by the Turks; the struggle for independence and the turbulence of recent years, right up to current events.
Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past
by Paul Cartledge Details
The remarkable life of Alexander the Great, one of the greatest military geniuses of all time, vividly told by one of the world's leading experts in Greek history. With all the intensity, insight, and narrative drive that made "The Spartans" such a hit with critics and readers, Paul Cartledge's "Alexander the Great" glowingly illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 BC), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and founder of a new world order.
Athletics in the Ancient World
by Edward Norman Gardiner Details
This comprehensive text focuses mostly on athletics in classical Greece and Rome, emphasizing the relationship between athletics and religion, art, and education. Also discussed are such events as throwing the discus and javelin, the pentathlon, the stadium and the foot-race, jumping, wrestling, boxing, ball play, and a Greek athletic festival.
Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece
by Lesley Adkins Details
This handy reference provides comprehensive access to over three millennia of ancient Greek history and archaeology, from the beginning of the Minoan civilization to the fall of the Greek states to the Romans by 30 BC. Clear, authoritative, and highly organized, the "Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece" provides an engaging look at a civilization that once stretched from what is now modern Greece, to Spain, India, and beyond; a civilization that has had an enormous and lasting influence on the development of myriad aspects of Western culture, from philosophy and medicine to democracy and town planning.
In Search of the Trojan War
by Michael Wood Details
Tales of Troy and its heroes have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With "In Search of the Trojan War," Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy. This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history.
Mediterranean Winter: The Pleasures of History and Landscape in Tunisia, Sicily, Dalmatia, and Greece
by Robert D. Kaplan Details
In this colorful book, we watch the author, America's premier traveler and "muddy boots" analyst, grow from an uncertain 20-year-old to an adept, mature commentator. The book cuts back and forth across the decades, from the docks of Tunis to the sunburned hills of Sicily and across to Athens, which Kaplan early recognized (and loves) as the world's first third-world city.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill Details
This is Cahill's fourth volume in his Hinges of History series, and three more are planned. He begins with a discussion of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and how these two epic poems relate to the history of Greece. He then focuses on such themes as the Greek alphabet, literature, and political system, and its playwrights, philosophers, and artists. A final chapter examines the effects that Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions had on each other.
The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People's History of Ancient Rome
by Michael Parenti Details
Why did a group of Roman senators gather near Pompey's theater on March 15, 44 B.C., to kill Julius Caesar? Was it their fear of Caesar's tyrannical power? Or were these aristocratic senators worried that Caesar's land reforms and leanings toward democracy would upset their own control over the Roman Republic? Parenti narrates a provocative history of the late republic in Rome (100-33 B.C.) to demonstrate that Caesar's death was the culmination of growing class conflict, economic disparity and political corruption.
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
by Robert Morkot Details
This well-illustrated volume is just the thing to have on hand while working your way through the pages of Xenophon, Herodotus, and Thucydides. Robert Morkot traces the growth of Greece from a series of often conflicting city-states, each with its own colonial outposts as far from home as Spain and Tunisia, to loosely knit alliances that waged huge conflicts against the Persian empire -- and, as in the case of the Peloponnesian War, against each other.
The Romans: From Village to Empire
by Mary Taliaferro Boatwright Details
Vividly written and attractively designed with almost 100 illustrations, "The Romans" expertly unfolds Rome's remarkable evolution from village, to monarchy and then republic, and finally to one-man rule by an emperor whose power at its peak stretched from Scotland to Iraq and the Nile Valley.
Who's Who in the Roman World
by John Hazel Details
"Who's Who in the Roman World" is a wide-ranging biographical survey of one of the greatest civilizations in history. The figures represented include notorious emperors such as Nero, great poets, philosophers and historians like Virgil, brilliant politicians and soldiers such as Marcus Peteius, and noteworthy citizens like Gaius Verres.
Updated 12/21/2011
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