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Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

by James Romm

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne (“Gripping . . . the narrative verve of a born writer and the erudition of a scholar” —Daniel  Mendelsohn) and editor of The Landmark...


Courtesans at Table: Gender and Greek Literary Culture in Athenaeus

by Laura McClure

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


China: Ancient Culture, Modern Society

by Peter Xiaoming Yu & G. Wright Doyle

Synopsis: As the authors point out, China has arrived, big time. To ignore the Chinese is foolish. Yet, where does one begin? Getting a handle on China, with its sweeping history and vast cultural diversity,...


Murder Was Not a Crime: Homicide and Power in the Roman Republic

by Judy E. Gaughan

Embarking on a unique study of Roman criminal law, Judy Gaughan has developed a novel understanding of the nature of social and political power dynamics in republican government. Revealing the significant relationship...


History and Silence: Purge and Rehabilitation of Memory in Late Antiquity

by Charles W., Jr. Hedrick

"It is so rare and refreshing to read a Roman history book which recognizes and celebrates the sheer difficulty of writing history, and the vulnerability of each solution." -Times Literary Supplement "This is...


Baetica Felix: People and Prosperity in Southern Spain from Caesar to Septimius Severus

by Evan W. Haley

Baetica, the present-day region of Andalusia in southern Spain, was the wealthiest province of the Roman Empire. Its society was dynamic and marked by upward social and economic mobility, as the imperial peace...


Diodorus Siculus, the Persian Wars to the Fall of Athens: Books 11-14.34 (480-401 Bce)

by Peter Green

Only one surviving source provides a continuous narrative of Greek history from Xerxes' invasion to the Wars of the Successors following the death of Alexander the Great-the Bibliotheke, or "Library," produced...


Diodorus Siculus, Books 11-12.37.1: Greek History, 480-431 BC--The Alternative Version

by Peter Green

Sicilian historian Diodorus Siculus (ca. 100-30 BCE) is our only surviving source for a continuous narrative of Greek history from Xerxes' invasion to the Wars of the Successors following the death of Alexander...


Heraldry for the Dead: Memory, Identity, and the Engraved Stone Plaques of Neolithic Iberia

by Katina T. Lillios

In the late 1800s, archaeologists began discovering engraved stone plaques in Neolithic (3500-2500 BC) graves in southern Portugal and Spain. About the size of one's palm, usually made of slate, and incised...


Caesar in Gaul and Rome: War in Words

by Andrew M. Riggsby

Anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with Latin knows "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres" ("All Gaul is divided into three parts"), the opening line of De Bello Gallico, Julius Caesar's famous commentary...


Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World

by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz & Lisa Auanger

Women's and men's worlds were largely separate in ancient Mediterranean societies, and, in consequence, many women's deepest personal relationships were with other women. Yet relatively little scholarly or popular...


Treason in Roman and Germanic Law: Collected Papers

by Floyd Seyward Lear

"Treason" is a word with many connotations, a word applied to a host of varied offenses throughout the history of humanity. These essays by Floyd Seyward Lear analyze the development of the political theory...


Isocrates and Civic Education

by Takis Poulakos & David Depew

Civic virtue and the type of education that produces publicly minded citizens became a topic of debate in American political discourse of the 1980s, as it once was among the intelligentsia of Classical Athens....


Conspiracy Narratives in Roman History

by Victoria Emma Pagan

Conspiracy is a thread that runs throughout the tapestry of Roman history. From the earliest days of the Republic to the waning of the Empire, conspiracies and intrigues created shadow worlds that undermined...


Roman Military Law

by C. E. Brand

Rome was the law-giver for much of the modern world. She was also the greatest military power of antiquity, operating her military organization with remarkable efficiency and effectiveness throughout most of...


Roman Aristocrats in Barbarian Gaul: Strategies for Survival in an Age of Transition

by Ralph Mathisen

Skin-clad barbarians ransacking Rome remains a popular image of the "decline and fall" of the Roman Empire, but why, when, and how the Empire actually fell are still matters of debate among students of classical...


Bodily Arts: Rhetoric and Athletics in Ancient Greece

by Debra Hawhee

The role of athletics in ancient Greece extended well beyond the realms of kinesiology, competition, and entertainment. In teaching and philosophy, athletic practices overlapped with rhetorical ones and formed...


Dioscorides on Pharmacy and Medicine

by John M. Riddle

For 1,600 years Dioscorides (ca. AD 40-80) was regarded as the foremost authority on drugs. He knew mild laxatives and strong purgatives, analgesics for headaches, antiseptics for wounds, emetics to rid one...


Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia

by Giovanni Casadio & Patricia A. Johnston

In Vergil's Aeneid, the poet implies that those who have been initiated into mystery cults enjoy a blessed situation both in life and after death. This collection of essays brings new insight to the study of...


Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature

by Victoria Pagan & Mark Fenster

Conspiracy theory as a theoretical framework has emerged only in the last twenty years; commentators are finding it a productive way to explain the actions and thoughts of individuals and societies. In this...