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By Richard Ross Watkins, Richard Watkins. 1997
Explains how and why gladiators were the super athletes of the Roman Empire two thousand years ago. Describes the training,…equipment, animals, and arenas used over seven centuries. Reveals the political purposes served by the games and the difficulty of trying to end them. For grades 5-8
By Rebecca Stefoff. 1997
Describes twelve lost cities on five continents in the order of their rediscovery in modern times: Petra, Nineveh, Hattusha, Copan,…Chaco Canyon, Angkor, Troy, Zimbabwe, Knossos, Gournia, Machu Picchu, and Ur. Provides the history of each site, biographical sketches of the finders and archaeologists who worked there, and theories about why the city disappeared. For junior and senior high readers
By Bob Brier. 1998
Combining modern forensic technological evidence with historical facts, Brier proposes that the eighteen-year-old pharaoh was murdered. He supports his theory…by detailing circumstantial evidence gleaned from reviewing Tutankhamen's remains and Brier's studies of the interaction of society and religion with the role of rulers in Ancient Egypt
By Dan Jones. 2022
From the bestselling author of The Templars, Dan Jones's epic new history tells nothing less than the story of how…the world we know today came to be built. Across 16 chapters, blending Dan Jones' trademark gripping narrative style with authoritative analysis, Powers and Thrones shows how, at each stage in this story, successive western powers thrived by attracting – or stealing – the most valuable resources, ideas and people from the rest of the world. It casts new light on iconic locations – Rome, Paris, Venice, Constantinople – and it features some of history's most famous and notorious men and women. This is a book written about – and for – an age of profound change, and it asks the biggest questions about the West both then and now. Where did we come from? What made us? Where do we go from here? "A terrifically colourful and compelling narrative history... A hugely impressive achievement, bustling and sizzling with life... This is now simply the best popular history of the Middle Ages' Sunday Times A great achievement, pulling together many strands with aplomb' Peter Frankopan, Spectator, Books of the Year 'It's so delightful to encounter a skilled historian of such enormous energy who's never afraid of being entertaining' The Times, Books of the Year 'An amazing masterly gripping panorama' Simon Sebag Montefiore 'A badass history writer... to put it mildly' Duff McKagan
By Kent R Weeks. 1998
The personal account of an American Egyptologist's discovery and excavation of the largest tomb in the Valley of the Kings.…Weeks describes his 1995 entry into a multi- chambered burial site that some consider the most important archaeological find of the twentieth century. He discusses the new revelations about the sons of Ramesses II, stressing that there is more to be explored. c1998.
By Richard Ellis. 1998
Ellis reviews many theories about the "lost continent" of Atlantis. He covers a wide range of arguments, from oral traditions…to scientific studies, only to conclude that no evidence--either historical or geographical--supports the existence of the landmass
By Shelley Neese. 2019
The history behind the Copper Scroll and the true story of Jim Barfield&’s quest for its treasure.Whether the objects are…of legend or history, certain ancient mysteries arrest the imaginations of every generation. These antiquities refuse to be forgotten by the human spirit—hidden sufficiently to evade discovery, but historically prominent enough to leave a smattering of clues. Many explorers have fallen prey to fortune&’s siren call, spending their lifetimes searching for the artifacts that promise to alter human history.The Copper Scroll Project is a relative newcomer to the modern treasure hunt. Part of the Dead Sea Scrolls collection, the Copper Scroll is unlike any of the leather and papyrus documents, though not simply for its copper plates. The relic reads like a coded map, listing dozens of hiding spots where tithes and vessels thought to be secreted from the Jewish Temple were stored for safekeeping. More than fifty years after archaeologists found this unique artifact in a cave near Qumran, four adventurers have dared to chase after the scroll&’s priceless relics.&“A unique introduction not only to a famous biblical mystery but to the world of American Christian interest in Israel, which remains opaque or bewildering to many outsiders, and is often caricatured.&”—Matti Friedman, author of The Aleppo Codex&“Equal parts mystery, treasure hunt and erudite elucidation of biblical history.&”—Chanan Tigay, author of The Last Moses &“Neese&’s narrative pacing and story-telling is masterful. She gets the political and religious nuances of contemporary Israel.&”—Elliot Jager, Jerusalem-based author and former editorial page editor at The Jerusalem Post
By Carolyn Willekes. 2017
A concise, enlightening portrait of the men who fought in the ancient battles we still study today.Thermopylae. Marathon. Though fought…2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece, the names of these battles are more familiar to many than battles fought in the last half-century. But our concept of the men who fought in these battles may be more a product of Hollywood than Greece.Shaped by the landscape in which they fought, the warriors of Ancient Greece were mainly heavy infantry. While Bronze Age Greeks fought as individuals, for personal glory, the soldiers of the Classical city-states fought as hoplites, armed with long spears and large shields, in an organized formation called the phalanx.As well as fighting among themselves, notably the thirty-year Peloponnesian War fought between Athens and Sparta and immortalized by Thucydides, the city-states came together to fight outside threats. The Persian Wars lasted nearly half a century, and saw the Greek armies come together to fend off several massive Persian forces both on land and at sea.This book sketches the change from heroic to hoplite warfare, and discusses the equipment and training of both the citizen soldiers of most Greek cities, and the professional soldiers of Sparta.
By Emily Townsend Vermeule. 1964
From the arrival of the first men in Greece to the fall of the Mycenaean palace-town in the thirteenth century…B.C., this work captures the essential qualities of each period of pre-classical civilization: the slow development of the Neolithic culture, the rich and original Early Bronze Age, the fruitful yet tragic encounter between Minoans and Mycenaean Empire. The legacy of Mycenaean religion and art is reviewed, including material found in excavated palaces and their stored wealth of frescoes, carved ivories, silver and gold jewelry, vases, and bronze weapons. The author deals with the invasions of Greece, the growth of a Greek language and some of the problems of Linear B, and the impact of Crete and the East upon the mainstream of Greek development.
By M. C. Bishop. 2017
A concise history of Ancient Roman gladiators—how they lived, fought, and died in the Colosseum—by the archeologist, author, and Roman…military expert.Heroic despite their lowly status, the gladiators of Ancient Rome fought vicious duels in large arenas filled with baying crowds. Few lasted more than a dozen fights, yet they were a valuable asset to their owners. Gladiators reveals the fascinating history of these men, how they fought, and how their weapons and techniques developed—debunking myths along the way.Historian M. C. Bishop examines the different forms of gladiator combat, including simulated naval battles held on large artificial lakes. He also discusses how gladiators were carefully paired against each other to balance their strengths and weaknesses. Although their lives were brutal and short, gladiators were the celebrities of their day, admired for their bravery. This short history reveals what we know about the gladiators and how we know it: ancient remains, contemporary literature, graffiti, modern attempts to reconstruct ancient fighting techniques and the astonishing discovery at Pompeii where a complete gladiator barracks was found alongside multiple skeletons, telling their story.
By Nacho Ares. 2022
El descubrimiento del siglo El legado de una civilización inigualable El tesoro de Tutankhamón es uno de los temas más…fascinantes de la egiptología, pero la biografía de quienes sacaron a la luz el increíble mundo del antiguo Egipto no se queda atrás. En Cosas maravillosas no solo se habla del Faraón Niño y del contexto en el que vivió, sino también de la empresa arqueológica más grande de todos los tiempos: la expedición que culminó con el hallazgo de su sepultura intacta el 4 de noviembre de 1922 gracias a Howard Carter y Lord Carnarvon. Por entonces, la ciencia de la egiptología tenía apenas un siglo de existencia, y se enfrentaban a un reto histórico de enorme complejidad. Aquí revivimos aquella aventura incomparable que conjugó intereses políticos, problemas de conciencia y grandes avances científicos Sobre la obra:«Nacho Ares nos acerca de forma brillanteel descubrimiento de la tumba de Tutankhamón de la mano de Howard Carter, el mejor arqueólogo de su época. El trabajo de conservación que Carter realizó durante diez años en la tumba de Tutankhamón fue extraordinario».Zahi Hawass, egiptólogo y ex-ministro de antigüedades de Egipto
By van den Berg, Baukje, Divna Manolova, Przemysław Marciniak. 2022
This is the first volume to explore the commentaries on ancient texts produced and circulating in Byzantium. It adopts a…broad chronological perspective (from the twelfth to the fifteenth century) and examines different types of commentaries on ancient poetry and prose within the context of the study and teaching of grammar, rhetoric, philosophy and science. By discussing the exegetical literature of the Byzantines as embedded in the socio-cultural context of the Komnenian and Palaiologan periods, the book analyses the frameworks and networks of knowledge transfer, patronage and identity building that motivated the Byzantine engagement with the ancient intellectual and literary tradition.
By Amit Shilo. 2022
The Oresteia is permeated with depictions of the afterlife, which have never been examined together. In this book, Amit Shilo…analyzes their intertwined and conflicting implications. He argues for a 'poetics of multiplicity' and a 'poetics of the beyond' that inform the ongoing debates over justice, fate, ethics, and politics in the trilogy. The book presents novel, textually grounded readings of Cassandra's fate, Clytemnestra's ghost scene, mourning ritual, hero cult, and punishment by Hades. It offers a fresh perspective on the political thought of the trilogy by contrasting the ethical focus of the Erinyes and Hades with Athena's insistence on divine unity and warfare. Shedding new light on the trilogy as a whole, this book is crucial reading for students and scholars of classical literature and religion.
By Christian Cameron. 2020
Few writers are better at conjuring up a vision of Ancient Greece' THE TIMES* * * * * * *210BCE.The…most powerful empires in the world brawl over the spoils of a declawed Greece.Philopoemen has a vision to end the chaos and anarchy that consumes his homeland - to stop the endless wars and preserve the world he loves. He must resist the urge of the oligarchs to surrender to their oppressors and raise an army to defend his countrymen from the all-conquering powers of Sparta, Macedon and Rome.It is the last roll of the dice for the Achean League. The moment Philopoemen has been training for his whole life.The new Achilles is poised to restore the glory of the former empire. To herald a new era.To become the last great hero of Greece.* * * * * * *Praise for Christian Cameron:'One of the finest writers of historical fiction in the world' BEN KANE'The master of historical fiction' SUNDAY TIMES'A storyteller at the height of his powers' HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY
By Paula Gooder. 2019
Sometime around 56 AD, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. His letter was arguably his theological masterpiece,…and has continued to shape Christian faith ever since. He entrusted this letter to Phoebe, the deacon of the church at Cenchreae; in writing to the church that almost surely met in her home, Paul refers to her both as a deacon and as a helper or patron of many. But who was this remarkable woman? In this, her first work of fiction, Biblical scholar and popular author and speaker Paula Gooder tells Phoebe's story - who she was, the life she lived and her first-century faith - and in doing so opens up Paul's theology, giving a sense of the cultural and historical pressures that shaped Paul's thinking, and the faith of the early church. Written in the gripping style of Gerd Theissen's The Shadow of the Galilean, and similarly rigorously researched, this is a book for everyone and anyone who wants to engage more deeply and imaginatively with Paul's theology - from one of the UK's foremost New Testament scholars. (P) Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
By Sara Brill, S. Montgomery Ewegen, Drew A. Hyland, Michael Naas, Michael M. Shaw, Eve Rabinoff, Sean Alexander Gurd, Jessica E. Decker, Ryan T. Drake, I-Kai Jeng, Rebecca Goldner, Kris McLain, Anne-Marie Schultz, James Barrett, Jeremy Bell. 2022
Hearing, Sound, and the Auditory in Ancient Greece represents the first wide-ranging philosophical study of the role of sound and…hearing in the ancient Greek world. Because our modern western culture is a particularly visual one, we can overlook the significance of the auditory which was so central to the Greeks. The fifteen chapters of this edited volume explore "hearing" as being philosophically significant across numerous texts and figures in ancient Greek philosophy. Through close analysis of the philosophy of such figures as Homer, Heraclitus, Pythagoreans, Sophocles, Empedocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hearing, Sound, and Auditory in Ancient Greece presents new and unique research from philosophers and classicists that aims to redirect us to the ways in which sound, hearing, listening, voice, and even silence shaped and reflected the worldview of ancient Greece.
By William B. F Ryan, Walter C Pitman. 1998
Two geophysicists present the results of years of international research that sought historical data from the mid-sixth millennium B.C. to…confirm biblical and mythical accounts of a great flood. They explore linguistic, archaeological, and other evidence of an inundation around the Black Sea and hypothesize that a diaspora followed. 1998.
By Josiah Ober. 2008
When does democracy work well, and why? Is democracy the best form of government? These questions are of supreme importance…today as the United States seeks to promote its democratic values abroad. Democracy and Knowledge is the first book to look to ancient Athens to explain how and why directly democratic government by the people produces wealth, power, and security. Combining a history of Athens with contemporary theories of collective action and rational choice developed by economists and political scientists, Josiah Ober examines Athenian democracy's unique contribution to the ancient Greek city-state's remarkable success, and demonstrates the valuable lessons Athenian political practices hold for us today. He argues that the key to Athens's success lay in how the city-state managed and organized the aggregation and distribution of knowledge among its citizens. Ober explores the institutional contexts of democratic knowledge management, including the use of social networks for collecting information, publicity for building common knowledge, and open access for lowering transaction costs. He explains why a government's attempt to dam the flow of information makes democracy stumble. Democratic participation and deliberation consume state resources and social energy. Yet as Ober shows, the benefits of a well-designed democracy far outweigh its costs. Understanding how democracy can lead to prosperity and security is among the most pressing political challenges of modern times. Democracy and Knowledge reveals how ancient Greek politics can help us transcend the democratic dilemmas that confront the world today.
By Tom Holland. 2019
Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development…in Western history. Even the increasing number in the West today who have abandoned the faith of their forebears, and dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain recognisably its heirs. Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable. Widen the focus, though, and Christianity's enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism, and yes, even in atheism. That is why Dominion will place the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, it will explore just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian. The aim is twofold: to make the reader appreciate just how novel and uncanny were Christian teachings when they first appeared in the world; and to make ourselves, and all that we take for granted, appear similarly strange in consequence. We stand at the end-point of an extraordinary transformation in the understanding of what it is to be human: one that can only be fully appreciated by tracing the arc of its parabola over millennia.
Poverty in Ancient Greece and Rome: Discourses and Realities (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)
By Filippo Carlà-Uhink, Lucia Cecchet, and Carlos Machado. 2023
This volume presents an innovative picture of the ancient Mediterranean world. Approaching poverty as a multifaceted condition, it examines how…different groups were affected by the lack of access to symbolic, cultural and social – as well as economic – capital. Collecting a wide range of studies by an international team of experts, it presents a diverse and complex analysis of life in antiquity, from the archaic to the late antique period. The sections on Greece, Rome, and Late Antiquity offer in-depth studies of ancient life, integrating analysis of socio-economic dynamics and cultural and discursive strategies that shaped this crucial element of ancient (and modern) societies. Themes like social cohesion and control, exclusion, gender, agency, and identity are explored through the combination of archaeological, epigraphic, and literary evidence, presenting a rich panorama of Greco-Roman societies and a stimulating collection of new approaches and methodologies for their understanding. The book offers a comprehensive view of the ancient world, analysing different social groups – from wealthy elites to poor peasants and the destitute – and their interactions, in contexts as diverse as Classical Athens and Sparta, imperial Rome, and the late antique towns of Egypt and North Africa. Poverty in Ancient Greece and Rome: Discourses and Realities is a valuable resource for students and scholars of ancient history, classical literature, and archaeology. In addition, topics covered in the book are of interest to social scientists, scholars of religion, and historians working on poverty and social history in other periods.