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Venus and Aphrodite: A Biography of Desire
Book Reviewby Hughes, Bettany

Venus and Aphrodite: A Biography of Desire

Venus & Aphrodite: History of a Goddess by Bettany Hughes is a light, easy read which follows the history of the goddess best known as Venus or Aphrodite, from her beginnings to the modern reception of the goddess. Using archaeological...
How the Greeks Built Cities
Book Reviewby Wycherley, R. E.

How the Greeks Built Cities

How the Greeks Built Cities by R. E. Wycherley is a concise text examining the relationship between an ancient city’s structure and its residents. Wycherley composes a recipe for an ancient Greek town, and each chapter covers a different...
The Wolf Den
Book Reviewby Elodie Harper

The Wolf Den

The Wolf Den is a novel by Elodie Harper which is set in Pompeii in the 1st century CE in Pompeii’s lupanar which is the brothel of the ancient city. The term lupanar could mean both brothel or wolf den, and the term lupa could be used for...
Ariadne: A Novel
Book Reviewby Saint, Jennifer

Ariadne: A Novel

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint follows the myth of the Minotaur in the Labyrinth, and Theseus' subsequent desertion of Ariadne on Naxos, from the point of view of Ariadne and her younger sister Phaedra. The first thing that struck me when reading...
Lore
Book Reviewby Alexandra Bracken

Lore

Every seven years, nine of the 12 Olympians are turned mortal and sent to earth for one week, in an event called the Agon. During the Agon, the mortal bloodlines of famous Greek heroes such as Perseus, Odysseus, and Achilles hunt the gods...
The Porpoise (Vintage Contemporaries)
Book Reviewby Haddon, Mark

The Porpoise (Vintage Contemporaries)

The Porpoise is a novel that seamlessly intertwines a modern tale with an ancient story. After Philipe’s wife is killed in a plane crash and their daughter Angelica survives, the wealthy father raises his daughter in near isolation. Although...
The Book of Five Rings
Book Reviewby Musashi, Miyamoto & Tsujimura, Shiro & Wilson, William Scott

The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi was born in either the Harima Province of Japan or the village of Miyamoto in Mimasaka in 1584. Little is known about the life of Musashi, but what has been pieced together from a small number of reliable sources has highlighted...
Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem
Book Reviewby Syed Muhammad Khan

Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

Chivalry, magnanimity, generosity, discipline, honor, conviction, faith, and genuine care for his subjects made Saladin highly famous even during his lifetime. Whatever gap was left, writers and scribes working under his patronage were quick...
The Crusades: The Flame of Islam
Book Reviewby Lamb, Harold

The Crusades: The Flame of Islam

The Crusades of the Middle East may not have lasted for more than two centuries but the fictionalization of events and distortion of facts to prove one's side right and the other's wrong, continued for centuries later and is even seen in...
New English Canaan: Text & Notes
Book Reviewby Morton, Thomas & Dempsey, Jack

New English Canaan: Text & Notes

New English Canaan by Thomas Morton of “Merrymount” Text & Notes, edited by Jack Dempsey is a scholarly edition of the famous (or infamous) 1637 CE 3-Volume work New English Canaan by the lawyer, poet, and colonist Thomas...