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The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Katerina Panagi

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer is a sweeping and well-researched work that endeavours to present a coherent narrative of ancient history from its earliest beginnings to...
Alexander the Great: A New Life of Alexander
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Katerina Panagi

Alexander the Great: A New Life of Alexander

Alexander the Great's profound impact on Roman culture is undeniable, particularly when considering the fusion of Greco-Oriental influences during the Hellenistic era, which permeated Rome and, subsequently, Western Europe. His conquests...
Nero: Emperor and Court
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Philip Mathew

Nero: Emperor and Court

Of the many emperors of Rome, there is one who has been given considerable attention and is often portrayed in a negative light. In Nero: Emperor and Court, John F. Drinkwater challenges the traditional notions attributed to Nero and offers...
The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Philip Mathew

The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

In history, famous battles define the generalship and reputation of military leaders, such as Gaugamela for Alexander the Great, Austerlitz for Napoleon, and the Battle of Cannae for Hannibal. Robert L. O’Connell’s book The Ghosts of Cannae...
In Praise of Polytheism
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Elton A. Hall

In Praise of Polytheism

Polytheism is superior to monotheism when exchanging religious convictions with others. This is what Maurizio Bettini argues in his brief and clearly written book of short while easily digestible chapters titled In Praise of Polytheism. Published...
Conquering the Ocean: The Roman Invasion of Britain
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Brett F. Woods

Conquering the Ocean: The Roman Invasion of Britain

“Why should a distant island beyond the north-western edge of the Roman Empire have become the target of Roman ambitions for conquest?" (1). With this question, historian Richard Hingley encourages us to contemplate the answer in considerably...
The Roman Empire: Second Edition
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Alex Hagler

The Roman Empire: Second Edition

In 1995, Colin Wells published the second edition of his 1984 book, The Roman Empire, with the express goals of including newer theories, updating the "Suggestions for Further Reading" section, and correcting various editorial mistakes. The...
The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Evan Axel Andersson

The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea

In the book's Introduction, Edward Watts sets out his premise clearly. Roman politicians grew their power by destabilizing the present conditions of their society. As Watts points out, when trying to restore Rome, politicians often violated...
Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Massimo Manzo

Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life

Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life is a biography of the famous Carthaginian leader Hannibal Barca, who lived between 247 and 188 BCE. Son of the brilliant general Hamilcar, who had taken part in the First Punic War (264-241 BCE), Hannibal inherited...
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Rome
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Kelly Macquire

Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Rome

With this one, the entire premise of the book is in the title, it is all about sex and sexuality in ancient Rome. Trafford begins by outlining the language used in ancient Rome that has anything to do with sex or sexuality, she introduces...
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