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Summary of SPQR: by Mary Beard | Includes Analysis

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Summary of SPQR by Mary Beard | Includes Analysis

 

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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard is a single-volume history of Ancient Rome. The book covers Roman history from its semi-mythical origins...


American Arcadia

The Edge of the Empire: A Journey to Britannia: From the Heart of Rome to Hadrian's Wall

by Bronwen Riley

An epic narrative journey from Rome to Hadrian's Wall—in the empire's northwestern frontier—brings vividly to life the colors, smells, sounds, and sensations of travel in the second century.

AD 130. Rome...


Hope, Joy, and Affection in the Classical World

The Battle of Actium

by 50MINUTES.Com

On 2nd September 31 B.C., the destiny of the Roman Republic was played out in Actium, just off the Greek coast. This definitive battle came after the assassination of Julius Caesar, as Octavius and Mark Antony...


The Battle of Marathon

by 50MINUTES.Com

On 13th September 490 B.C., the warlike Persian King Darius I landed his troops in the Greek plains of Marathon, threatening to attack the city of Athens. In response, the Greek city sent citizen soldiers to...


The Battle of Thermopylae

by 50MINUTES.Com

In 480 B.C., the Persian Empire was preparing to attempt another invasion of Greece. Determined to fight against them, Leonidas I raised an army of several thousand men. Both forces headed to the narrow pass...


The Eruption of Vesuvius

by 50MINUTES.Com

In the year 79, Pompeii was a lively resort town located on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Little did its residents know, the city was about to be struck by a natural disaster that would erase the city from the...


Moving Romans

The Hellenistic Age

Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

by Aude de Tocqueville

Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In Atlas of Lost Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as...


Reconstructing Ancient Korean History: The Formation of Korean-ness in the Shadow of History

by Stella Xu

This book examines the historiography of ancient Korea and its relationship to the construction of Korean national identity through a critical and comparative analysis of Chinese and Korean primary sources....


Peace in the Ancient World: Concepts and Theories

by Kurt A. Raaflaub

Peace in the Ancient World: Concepts and Theories conducts a comparative investigation of why certain ancient societies produced explicit concepts and theories of peace and others did not.

  • Explores the idea...


Contact and Conflict in Frankish Greece and the Aegean, 1204-1453: Crusade, Religion and Trade between Latins, Greeks and Turks

by Nikolaos G. Chrissis & Mike Carr

The conquest of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade shattered irreversibly the political and cultural unity of the Byzantine world in the Greek peninsula, the Aegean and western Asia Minor. Between the disintegration...


History of the Roman People

by Allen M. Ward, Fritz M. Heichelheim & Cedric A. Yeo

A History of the Roman People provides a comprehensive analytical survey of Roman history from its prehistoric roots in Italy and the wider Mediterranean world to the dissolution of the Roman Empire in Late...


Athens and Sparta: Constructing Greek Political and Social History from 478 BC

by Anton Powell

Athens and Sparta is an essential textbook for the study of Greek history. Providing a comprehensive account of the two key Greek powers in the years after 478 BC, it charts the rise of Athens from city-state...


Juvencus' Four Books of the Gospels: Evangeliorum Libri Quattuor

by Scott McGill

Juvencus' Evangeliorum libri IV, or "The Four Books of the Gospels," is a verse rendering of the gospel narrative written ca. 330 CE. Consisting of around 3200 hexameter lines, it is the first of the Latin "Biblical...


The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

by E. M. Berens

A guide to the pantheon of Greek and Roman gods and the myths weaved around them. Split into two parts, the first part giving biographies of the gods, the second part the famous legends. Many of the earliest...


Dreaming in Byzantium and Beyond

by George T. Calofonos & Christine Angelidi

Although the actual dreaming experience of the Byzantines lies beyond our reach, the remarkable number of dream narratives in the surviving sources of the period attests to the cardinal function of dreams as...


Dreams, Healing, and Medicine in Greece: From Antiquity to the Present

by Steven M. Oberhelman

This volume centers on dreams in Greek medicine from the fifth-century B.C.E. Hippocratic Regimen down to the modern era. Medicine is here defined in a wider sense than just formal medical praxis, and includes...