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Gilgamesh
Book Reviewby Louise Pryke

Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is perhaps the most well-known literature on account of its ancient pedigree and universal themes. Though an extensively analyzed epic, conversations by informed scholars are difficult for the general public to access...
The Barbarians: Lost Civilizations
Book Reviewby Peter Bogucki

The Barbarians: Lost Civilizations

Barbarians. The name itself calls to many minds the image of naked, painted, shrieking Celtic warriors rushing headlong into armored Roman legions, managing to lose the entirety of Gaul to Caesar as a result. But the term and the specific...
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Book Reviewby Laura La Bella

Ancient Mesopotamian Government and Geography (Spotlight on the Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations)

In Ancient Mesopotamian Government and Geography, Laura la Bella attempts to offer a broad overview of ancient Mesopotamian government. Though, it is more an overview of Mesopotamian culture and practices that is framed by a distinction between...
The Viking Way: Magic & Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia
Book Reviewby Neil Price

The Viking Way: Magic & Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia

The Viking Way: Magic and Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia is an essential addition to any library. Written by noted scholar Neil Price (co-author of The Viking World, author of The Archaeology of Shamanism, and Professor of Archaeology...
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Book Reviewby Neil MacGregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects

When you visit a museum, you probably skip a few exhibits - some broken pottery shards here, a tiny scrap of paper there. But even the most ordinary looking object can be fascinating in the company of an expert guide. So it is with A History...
A Cabinet of Byzantine Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from History's Most Orthodox Empire
Book Reviewby Anthony Kaldellis

A Cabinet of Byzantine Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from History's Most Orthodox Empire

In this book, prolific professor of Byzantine studies Anthony Kaldellis provides a collection of enlightening vignettes about life in the Byzantine Empire. Each of the hundreds of separate short stories is only a sentence to a paragraph long...
The Greeks: Lost Civilizations
Book Reviewby Philip Matyszak

The Greeks: Lost Civilizations

Unlike most histories of ancient Greece, Philip Matyszak's book primarily focuses on Greek history which occurred outside of the Greek mainland. His story begins by describing Greek ideas, individuals, and politics before Alexander the Great...
Great Generals of the Ancient World
Book Reviewby Richard Gabriel

Great Generals of the Ancient World

In Great Generals of the Ancient World, Richard Gabriel explores the military history of nine ancient figures. Stated from the outset, he realizes that many may object to his list of great military generals, asserting that his lifetime of...
The Culture of the Byzantine Empire
Book Reviewby Vic Kovacs

The Culture of the Byzantine Empire

As with the other books in the series entitled Ancient Cultures and Civilizations, the book The Culture of the Byzantine Empire by Vic Kovacs has a straightforward goal: to present a succinct and engaging overview of the Byzantine Empire...
Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine
Book Reviewby Barry Strauss

Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine

In Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine, Barry Strauss tells the story of ten notable Roman leaders. Strauss is a Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University, holding an MA and PhD from Yale University. Moreover...
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