History - Ancient

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The Murder of King Tut

James Patterson

A secret buried for centuriesThrust onto Egypt's most powerful throne at the age of nine, King Tut's reign was fiercely debated from the outset. Behind the palace's veil of prosperity, bitter rivalries and jealousy flourished among th...

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Published: Oct 2010

The Spartacus War

Barry Strauss

• An authoritative account from an expert author: The Spartacus War is the first popular history of the revolt in English. A leading authority on classical military history, Barry Strauss has used recent archaeological discoveries, ...

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Published: Feb 2010

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Coll...

Eric H. Cline

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surroundi...

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Published: Sep 2015

Decoding the Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Ol...

Jo Marchant

In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the first time the full story of the hundred-year quest to decipher the ancient Greek computer known as the Antikythera Mechanism. Along the way she unearths a diverse cast of remarkable ...

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Published: Mar 2010

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Mary Beard

New York Times Bestseller. Mary Beard's "magisterial" history shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (The Atlantic). In SPQR, an instant classic upon its publication, Mary Beard narrates ...

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Published: Sep 2016

Confronting the Classics: Traditions,...

Mary Beard

A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, this is "the perfect introduction to classical studies, and deserves to become something of a standard work" (Observer). Mary Beard, drawing on thirty years of teaching and writ...

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Published: Oct 2014

The Nile: Travelling Downriver Throug...

Toby Alexander Howar Wilkinson

The Nile, like all of Egypt, is both timeless and ever-changing. In these pages, renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey downriver that is both history and travelogue. We begin at the First Nile Cataract, close to t...

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Published: Mar 2015

Pagans: The End of Traditional Religi...

A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional" religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of Augustine.Pagans explores the rise ...

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Published: Mar 2016

The Apostles and Their Times

Mike Aquilina

Here is an unflinching look at the lives and sacrifices of those first Christians who were given the task of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.Relying on the ancient documents, as well as latest archeological findings and ...

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Published: Aug 2017

The Parthenon Enigma (Vintage)

Joan Breton Connelly

Since the Enlightenment, the Parthenon—the greatest example of Athenian architecture—has been venerated as the definitive symbol of Western democratic values. Here, Joan Breton Connelly challenges this conventional wisdom, drawing...

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Published: Nov 2014

Sir John Soane's Greatest Treasure: T...

Helen Dorey

Sir John Soane's Greatest Treasure describes one of the most important antiquities ever found in Egypt—the beautiful calcite sarcophagus of the pharaoh Seti I. Discovered in 1817 in the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings by t...

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Published: Dec 2017

The Storm Before the Storm: The Begin...

Mike Duncan

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Repub...

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Published: Oct 2018

Spqr: A Roman Miscellany

Anthony Everitt

From the acclaimed author of Augustus, Cicero, and The Rise of Rome, an entertaining and richly informative miscellany of facts about Rome and the Roman world SPQR: Senatus Populusque Romanus. Do you know to what use the Romans put th...

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Published: Nov 2015

The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Sto...

Irving Finkel

When a small, peculiar, palm-sized clay tablet made its way to the desk of Irving Finkel, Assyriologist and Assistant Keeper at the British Museum, Finkel could hardly believe his luck. What he discovered was a missing piece in the st...

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Published: Mar 2015

Cannae

Adrian Goldsworthy

From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, the definitive history of Rome's most devastating defeatAugust 2, 216 BC was one of history's bloodiest single days of fighting. On a narrow plain near the Southern Italian town of Cann...

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Published: May 2019

Roman Warfare

Adrian Goldsworthy

From an award-winning historian of ancient Rome, a concise and comprehensive history of the fighting forces that created the Roman EmpireRoman warfare was relentless in its pursuit of victory. A ruthless approach to combat played a ma...

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Published: May 2019

Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From ...

Edith Hall

"Wonderful . . . a thoughtful discussion of what made [the Greeks] so important, in their own time and in ours."―Natalie Haynes, Independent The ancient Greeks invented democracy, theater, rational science, and philosophy....

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Published: Jul 2015

Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to H...

Thomas R. Martin

In this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. Focusing on the development of the Greek city-state and the society, cul...

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Published: Apr 2013

The Amazons: Lives and Legends of War...

Adrienne Mayor

Amazons--fierce warrior women dwelling on the fringes of the known world--were the mythic archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Heracles and Achilles displayed their valor in duels with Amazon queens, and the Athenians reveled in their v...

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Published: Mar 2016

Byzantium: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Sarris

After surviving the fifth century fall of the Western European Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire flourished as one of the most powerful economic, cultural, and military forces in Europe for a thousand years.In this Very Short Introdu...

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Published: Oct 2015

The Parthenon

Mary Beard

Praise for the previous edition: "Wry and imaginative, this gem of a book deconstructs the most famous building in Western history." –Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic "In her brief but compendious volume [Beard] ...

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Published: Jun 2010

On Martial Arts, Zen, and the Blue-Ey...

Ali Aliabadi

Was the founder of Shaolin kung fu Chinese? Was Zen Buddhism created by a Japanese sage? What role did Nordics play, if any, in the formation of Far Eastern civilizations and cultures?This remarkable essay draws together considerable ...

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Published: May 2019

Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of t...

Tom Bissell

The story of Twelve Apostles is the story of early Christianity: its competing versions of Jesus's ministry, its countless schisms, and its ultimate evolution from an obscure Jewish sect to the global faith we know today in all its fo...

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Published: Feb 2017

Alexander the Great: A Very Short Int...

Hugh Bowden

Alexander the Great became king of Macedon in 336 BC, when he was only 20 years old, and died at the age of 32, twelve years later. During his reign he conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest empire that had ever existed,...

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Published: Sep 2014

Science Education in the Early Roman ...

Richard Carrier

Throughout the Roman Empire Cities held public speeches and lectures, had libraries, and teachers and professors in the sciences and the humanities, some subsidized by the state. There even existed something equivalent to universities...

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Published: Oct 2016

A Short History of England: From the ...

G. K. Chesterton

A Short History of England is a history book written by G. K. Chesterton in which he summarizes British history from the time of Roman provinces on the British Island to the great wars in 20th century. Chesterton takes a rather romant...

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Published: Oct 2018

Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduc...

Gillian Clark

Late antiquity saw the barbarian invasions overrun the western Roman empire and Persian and Arab armies end Roman rule over the eastern and southern coasts of the Mediterranean. Was late antiquity therefore merely a time of decline? I...

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Published: Apr 2011

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatsheps...

Kara Cooney

An engrossing biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in Ancient Egypt and the story of her audacious rise to power. Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dy...

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Published: Oct 2015

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queen...

Kara Cooney

This riveting paperback explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, and shines a piercing light on perceptions of powerful women today.\r\n\r\nFemale rulers are a rare phenomenon—but thousa...

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Published: Feb 2020

Imperial Roman Warships 27 BC-193 Ad

Raffaele D'Amato

The Roman Empire was not only built by the strength of the legions but also by a Navy that was the most powerful maritime force ever to have existed. It was only the existence of the fleet that secured the trade routes and maintained ...

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Published: Jan 2016
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