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Classical History: From Greece to Rome and Everything in Between

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Alexander the Great: An Illustrated Military History
by Nigel Rodgers
One of the world's greatest generals and commanders, Alexander is a near-legendary figure. He dominates classical history as the general and king whose military brilliance and instiable desire for conquest led him to conquer half the known world. This book opens with the rise of Macedonia, followed by an account of Alexander's military progress.
Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past
by Paul Cartledge
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.
Ancient Greece: Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization
by Robert Garland
Ancient Greece comes alive in this vibrant portrait of the daily lives of ordinary people--men and women, children and the elderly, slaves and foreigners, rich and poor. Robert Garland presents a wealth of fascinating, sometimes surprising information about our spiritual, cultural, and intellectual ancestors during this influential period. Did Greeks share our notion of romantic love? How stable was the family? How did they relax? What did they eat? Why was it more desirable to be a slave than a day laborer? Were they really more cultivated than we are? Unique and descriptive, the attractive volume includes images throughout, as well as maps.
Forgotten Empire: The World of Ancient Persia
by John Curtis
Encompassing a rich diversity of different people and cultures, Persia's Achaeminid Empire flourished between 550 and 331 BC. This book opens a window onto the wealth and splendor of Persian society - its rich palaces, exquisite craftsmanship, and sophisticated learning.
Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
by Edith Hall
Examines the ancient Greeks, from the rise of the Mycenaean kingdoms to the victory of Christianity over paganism, focusing on the qualities that characterized the widely diffused Mediterranean people over the long course of their history.
Julius Caesar
by Philip Freeman
Retells the life and death of the famous Roman ruler, using contemporary documentation to present him as a skilled general, politician, and orator.
Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece
by Joan Breton Connelly
Archaeologist Connelly gives us the first comprehensive cultural history of priestesses in the ancient Greek world. Connelly presents the fullest picture yet of how priestesses lived and worked, from the most famous and sacred of them--the Delphic Oracle and the priestess of Athena Polias--to basket bearers and handmaidens. Along the way, she challenges long-held beliefs to show that priestesses played far more significant public roles in ancient Greece than previously acknowledged. Connelly examines archaeological evidence in the broader context of literary sources, inscriptions, sculpture, and vase painting. The picture that emerges reveals that women in religious office were not as secluded and marginalized as we have thought--that religious office was one arena in ancient Greece where women enjoyed privileges and authority comparable to that of men. Connelly concludes by examining women's roles in early Christianity, taking on the larger issue of the exclusion of women from the Christian priesthood.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
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.
Secrets of Pompeii: Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
by Emidio De Albentiis
The remains of the ancient city of Pompei have provided archaeologists with evidence into the daily life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. This title takes a look at how ancient Romans interacted in their public squares, how they worshipped and spent their leisure time - at the theatre, in the gyms, and in the baths and brothels.
Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece
by Robin Waterfield
The story of the Roman conquest of Greece - not only a thrilling tale of military conquest, but a pivotal event in the history of Rome, her empire, and the whole subsequent history of Europe.
The Sons of Caesar: Imperial Rome's First Dynasty
by Philip Matyszak
Presents the story of one of the most colourful dynasties in history, from Caesar's rise to power in the first century BC to Nero's death in AD 68. This work reviews the long history of the Julian and Claudian families in the Republic and the social and political background of Rome.
The Victor's Crown: A History of Ancient Sport from Homer to Byzantium
by David Potter
Presents the role of sport in the classical world from both the competitors' and the spectators' perspectives. Discusses how sport became a social force through its roles in religion, politics, and culture. Includes descriptions of conditioning, training, and competitions.
The War that Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War
by Caroline Alexander
Many have forgotten that the subject of the "Illiad" was war--not merely the poetical romance of the war at Troy, but war, in all its enduring devastation. This groundbreaking reading of Homer's epic poem restores the poet's vision of the tragedy of war, addressing many of the central questions that define the war experience of every age.
Who's Who in the Roman World
by John Hazel
"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.
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