History - Ancient - Greece

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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 ...

Published: Mar 2010

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...

Published: Nov 2014

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....

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...

Published: Apr 2013

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...

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] ...

Published: Jun 2010

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,...

Published: Sep 2014

Homer: A Very Short Introduction

Barbara Graziosi

Homer's mythological tales of war and homecoming, the Iliad and the Odyssey, are widely considered to be two of the most influential works in the history of western literature. Yet their author, 'the greatest poet that ever lived' is ...

Published: May 2019

The Greek Way

Edith Hamilton

Edith Hamilton (1867–1963) buoyantly captures the spirit and achievements of the Greek civilization for our modern world. "Five hundred years before Christ in a little town on the far western border of the settled and civilizae...

Published: Jul 2017

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and...

Bettany Hughes

From the celebrated British author and historian: a brilliant new book combining historical inquiry and storytelling elan to paint an unprecedentedly vivid portrait of Socrates and the Golden Age of classical Athens. We think the way...

Published: Feb 2012

Why Homer Matters

Adam Nicolson

"Complex, personal, and profound ... a brash and brave piece of writing ... filled with the swords and spears that inflict the carnage of the Iliad." -The Wall Street JournalWhy Homer Matters is a magical journey of discover...

Published: Nov 2015



The Philebus is a Socratic dialogue written in the 4th century BC by Plato. Besides Socrates (the main speaker) the other interlocutors are Philebus and Protarchus. Philebus, who advocates the life of physical pleasure (hedonism), har...

Published: Mar 2019

The Timaeus and The Critias


Among all the writings of Plato the Timaeus is the most obscure to the modern reader, and has nevertheless had the greatest influence over the ancient and mediaeval world. The Critias is a fragment and it was designed to be the second...

Published: May 2019

The Trial and Death of Socrates: Eut...


The Trial and Death of Socrates is the ideal compendium for a person wanting to learn more about the enigmatic and towering figure of Socrates—the philosopher who has most shaped the western world.  This volume contains Euthyphro, ...

Published: Sep 2019

Sayings of the Spartans


In this compilation from Plutarch's Moralia of famous sayings from over sixty Spartans we are shown that not were these ancients brave warriors in battle but had a complete philosophy of life which guided all their actions. Include al...

Published: Jun 2018

Ghost on the Throne: The Death of Ale...

James Romm

Alexander the Great, perhaps the most commanding leader in history, united his empire and his army by the titanic force of his will. His death at the age of thirty-two spelled the end of that unity.The story of Alexander's conquest of...

Published: Nov 2012

Not All Dead White Men: Classics and ...

Donna Zuckerberg

A Times Higher Education Book of the WeekA virulent strain of antifeminism is thriving online that treats women's empowerment as a mortal threat to men and to the integrity of Western civilization. Its proponents cite ancient Greek an...

Published: Oct 2019
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