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Scholars, Travellers and Trade: The Pioneer Years of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, 1818-1840

by R. B. Halbertsma

Today, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is internationally known for its outstanding archaeological collections. Yet its origins lie in an insignificant assortment of artefacts used for study by...


The Romanization of Central Spain: Complexity, Diversity and Change in a Provincial Hinterland

by Leonard A Curchin

Curchin explores how, why and to what extent the peoples of Central Spain were integrated into the Roman Empire during the period from the second century BC to the second century AD.

He approaches the question...


Roman Berytus: Beirut in Late Antiquity

by Linda Jones Hall

Examining the numerous primary sources, including inscriptions, religions, histories, literary references, legal codes, and archaeological reports, Linda Jones Hall presents a composite history of late antique...


Girls and Women in Classical Greek Religion

by Matthew Dillon

It has often been thought that participation in fertility rituals was women's most important religious activity in classical Greece. Matthew Dillon's wide-ranging study makes it clear that women engaged in numerous...


Roman Britain

by David Shotter

Roman Britain offers a concise introduction to the Roman occupation of Britain, drawing on the wealth of recent scholarship to explain the progress of the Romans and their objectives in conquering Britain.


Alexander the Great: Themes and Issues

by Edward M. Anson

Alexander the Great's life and career are here examined through the major issues surrounding his reign.�What were Alexander's ultimate ambitions? Why did he pursue his own deification while alive? Did he actually...


Roman Legionary AD 69-161

by Ross Cowan & Sean O'Brogain

Between AD 69 and 161 the composition of the Roman legions was transformed. Italians were almost entirely replaced by provincial recruits, men for whom Latin was at best a second language, and yet the 'Roman-ness'...


AD 33: The Year That Changed The World

by Colin Duriez

This is a portrait of one of the great years in world history. It is a book comparable to Gavin Menzies 1421: The Year China discovered the World. AD 33 was the year when an obscure religious teacher died a...


Engineering the Ancient World

by Dick Parry

How high were the walls of Jericho? Where did Nebuchanezzar get hold of all the bitumen he needed for the millions of bricks required to build Babylon? Was the ancient Suez canal really 200km long, and did 120,000...


Enemies of Rome: Barbarians Through Roman Eyes

by Iain Ferris

The artists of Ancient Rome portrayed the barbarian enemies of the empire in sculpture, reliefs, metalwork and jewellery. Enemies of Rome shows how the study of these images can reveal a great deal about the...


Black Egyptians: The African Origins of Ancient Egypt

by Segun Magbagbeola

Black Egyptians sets out to prove once and for all that Black Africans started and inhabited the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. This is the book to finally put the lid on the Ancient Egyptian race controversy....


The A to Z of Early North America

by Cameron B. Wesson

The indigenous populations of North America created impressive societies, engaged in trade, and had varied economic, social, and religious cultures. Over the past century, archaeological and ethnological research...


The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy

by Thomas Kohn

The first-century Roman tragedies of Seneca, like all ancient drama, do not contain the sort of external stage directions that we are accustomed to today; nevertheless, a careful reading of the plays reveals...


Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique

by Martin Dinter

Imperial Latin epic has seen a renaissance of scholarly interest. This book illuminates the work of the poet Lucan, a contemporary of the emperor Nero who as nephew of the imperial adviser Seneca moved in the...


Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius & Maxwell Staniforth

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged,...


Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine

by Kevin Uhalde

Expectations of Justice in the Age of Augustine examines the complex and varying roles Christian bishops played during late antiquity and how their experiences fundamentally affected Christian ideals of divine...


The Reign of Arthur: From History to Legend

by Christopher Gidlow

Did King Arthur really exist? The Reign of Arthur takes a fresh look at the early sources describing Arthur's career and compares them to the reality of Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries. It presents,...


Engineering the Pyramids

by Dick Parry

Using archaeological records and the basic principles of engineering, Dick Parry provides an account of the design history of the pyramids, the techniques and organisation needed and insights into why the pyramids...


Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

by Lars Brownworth

In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell–or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. Though...


Ancient Greek Agriculture: An Introduction

by Signe Isager & Jens Erik Skydsgaard

The initial focus of Ancient Greek Agriculture is firmly on the art of agriculture proper, the tools and the technique, the plants cultivated and the animals reared. Thereafter, Isager and Skydsgaard focus on...