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Thermopylae: The Battle For The West
Book Reviewby Ernle Bradford

Thermopylae: The Battle For The West

Ernle Bradford’s Thermopylae: The Battle for the West is an exciting book for general enthusiasts of ancient history. This speedy read does not strictly focus on the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE), where Leonidas and the 300 Spartans...
Dragonfly Song
Book Reviewby Wendy Orr

Dragonfly Song

Aissa, the first daughter of the Lady and the Chief, was born with a small extra thumb on each hand, and because she was not perfect, she was to be thrown off the cliff. Instead, the wise woman Kelya gave Aissa to another family who raised...
Tigranes the Great: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Empire
Book Reviewby Momjian, Serge

Tigranes the Great: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Empire

Tigranes the Great: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Empire (A Comprehensive Historical Biography) by Serge Momjian is an instantly engaging work on the life and reign of the Armenian monarch Tigranes II (the Great, r. c. 95 - c. 56 BCE) written...
Swallow's Dance
Book Reviewby Orr, Wendy

Swallow's Dance

Author Wendy Orr (famous for Nim's Island, which has been turned into a motion picture) has created a captivating narrative aimed at young adults. The protagonist in Swallow's Dance is Leira, daughter of the high priestess...
Philip II of Macedonia
Book Reviewby Worthington, Ian

Philip II of Macedonia

Philip II of Macedonia, by Ian Worthington, is a biography of Philip II, king of ancient Macedon from 360 to 336 BCE and father of Alexander the Great. Even though the figure of Philip is often obscured by the glory of his son, the book...
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Book Reviewby Gordon Doherty

Empires of Bronze: Son of Ishtar

Empires of Bronze: Son of Ishtar is Gordon Doherty’s richly detailed fictionalization of events and people who lived during the height of the Hittite Empire. Set in the 1300s BCE, the story follows King Mursili’s third son, Hattusili...
Anaximander
Book Reviewby Carlo Rovelli

Anaximander

Carlo Rovelli is first and foremost a scientist, an Italian theoretical physicist, who came to worldwide attention with his book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics (2015 CE). Anaximander (first published in English in 2011 CE...
The Roman Empire in 100 Haikus
Book Reviewby Stuart Laycock

The Roman Empire in 100 Haikus

The history of the Roman Empire is a complex story. At its height (c. 117 CE) it was the largest empire of the ancient world extending from Britain to Africa and from Syria to Spain. It takes a brave person to tell this story...
Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia
Book Reviewby Donald Rayfield

Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia

Few English-language histories of the country and land of Georgia have been written. Donald Rayfield’s Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia attempts to fill this gap. Rayfield is a scholar of Russian and Georgian literature, and while...
Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium
Book Reviewby Anthony Kaldellis

Romanland: Ethnicity and Empire in Byzantium

Those familiar with Byzantine history are aware that the Byzantines referred to themselves as Romans and lived in what they still considered the Roman Empire, or Romanía. But despite this well-known fact, Byzantinists have long avoided...