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The Emperor Commodus: God and Gladiator

by John S McHugh

Commodus is synonymous with debauchery and megalomania, best remembered for fighting as a gladiator. Ridiculed and maligned by historians since his own time, modern popular culture knows him as the patricidal...

The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem

by Flavius Josephus

Whereas the war which the Jews made with the Romans hath been the greatest of all those, not only that have been in our times, but, in a manner, of those that ever were heard of; both of those wherein cities...

Brutus Caesar's Assassin

by Dr Kirsty Corrigan

Although Marcus Junius Brutus is one of the most famous, or infamous, conspirators of Rome and the ancient world, if not of all time, knowledge of this historical figure has principally been passed to the modern...

Athenian Prostitution: The Business of Sex

by Edward E. Cohen

This is a pioneering study that examines the sale of sex in classical Athens from a commercial (rather than from a cultural or moral) perspective. Following the authors earlier book on Athenian banking, this...

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

by Tom Holland

Author and historian Tom Holland returns to his roots in Roman history and the audience he cultivated with Rubicon—his masterful, witty, brilliantly researched popular history of the fall of the Roman republic—with...

The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: Institutions, Markets, and Growth in the City-States

by Alain Bresson & Steven Rendall

This comprehensive introduction to the ancient Greek economy revolutionizes our understanding of the subject and its possibilities. Alain Bresson is one of the world’s leading authorities in the field, and...


by Norman F. Cantor

Bestselling author Norman Cantor delivers this compact but magisterial survey of the ancient world—from the birth of Sumerian civilization around 3500 B.C. in the Tigris-Euphrates valley (present-day Iraq)...

The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta: The Persian Challenge

by Paul Anthony Rahe

More than 2500 years ago a confederation of small Greek city-states defeated the invading armies of Persia, the most powerful empire in the world. In this meticulously researched study, historian Paul Rahe argues...

The Lost World of Byzantium

by Jonathan Harris

For more than a millennium, the Byzantine Empire presided over the juncture between East and West, as well as the transition from the classical to the modern world. Jonathan Harris, a leading scholar of Byzantium,...

Jerome and His Women

by Joan B O'Hagan & Professor Richard Johnson

The events in this book take place in Ancient Rome at the end of the fourth century, between the years 382 and 385 AD – a short, but critical, timespan in the history of Western civilisation. It was crunch...

Arminius the Liberator: Myth and Ideology

by Martin M. Winkler

Arminius the Liberator deals with the complex modern reception of Arminius the Cheruscan, commonly called Hermann. Arminius inflicted one of their most devastating defeats on the Romans in the year 9 A.D. by...

Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint

by David Potter

Two of the most famous mosaics from the ancient world, in the church of San Vitale in Ravenna, depict the sixth-century emperor Justinian and, on the wall facing him, his wife, Theodora (497-548). This majestic...

The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion

by Esther Eidinow & Julia Kindt

This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship in ancient Greek religion, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. It presents not only key information, but also explores the ways in which...

A Search in Secret Egypt

by Paul Brunton

In this book, philosopher Paul Brunton (1898-1981) encounters the mysteries and magic of Egypt in the 1930s, including an eerie yet illuminating night spent alone inside the Great Pyramid. Alongside his explorations...

Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

by Lowell Edmunds

It’s a familiar story: a beautiful woman is abducted and her husband journeys to recover her. This story’s best-known incarnation is also a central Greek myth—the abduction of Helen that led to the Trojan...

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

by Mary Beard

A sweeping, revisionist history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists.

Ancient Rome was an imposing city even by modern standards, a sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants,...

By the Emperor's Hand: Military Dress and Court Regalia in the later Romano- Byzantine Empire

by Timothy Dawson & Graham Sumner

By the sixth century of the common era the Roman Empire already had many hundreds of years of accumulated ceremonial embedded in its government, and practical science embodied in its army. The transition from...

The Anglo-Saxon Age

by Timothy Venning

Taking a similar approach to his successful If Rome Hadn't Fallen, Timothy Venning explores the various decision points in a fascinating period of British history and the alternative paths that it might have...

Military History of Late Rome 284-361

by Ilkka Syvanne

This ambitious series gives the reader a comprehensive narrative of late Roman military history from 284-641. Each volume (5 are planned) gives a detailed account of the changes in organization, equipment, strategy...

The Mayas

by Stephen Salisbury

The most comprehensive and accurate map of Yucatan is that which has been copied for this pamphlet. In the several volumes of travel, descriptive of Maya ruins, are to be found plans more or less complete, intended...