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The Chemical Muse

by D. C.A. Hillman, Ph.D.

"The last wild frontier of classical studies." ---The Times (UK)

The Chemical Muse uncovers decades of misdirection and obfuscation to reveal the history of widespread drug use in Ancient Rome and Greece. In...


Rise of an Empire: How One Man United Greece to Defeat Xerxes's Persians

by Stephen Dando-Collins

The true story behind the events in 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to Zack Snyder's 300

The action-filled movie 300 focused on Ancient Greece's epic battle of Thermopylae, in which King Leonidas led 300 Spartans...


Alexander the Great

by Philip Freeman

In the first authoritative biography of Alexander the Great written for a general audience in a generation, classicist and historian Philip Freeman tells the remarkable life of the great conqueror. The celebrated...


The Gods of Olympus

by Barbara Graziosi

An elegant and entertaining account of the transformations of the Greek gods across the ages, from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present day

The gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek...


History of Greek Culture

by Jacob Burckhardt

Monumental survey explores regional variations, virtues, and faults of city-states, discusses the fine arts, examines poesy and music, and presents perceptive accounts of enduring Greek achievements in philosophy,...


Athletics in the Ancient World

by E. Norman Gardiner

Concise, convincing book emphasizes relationship between Greek and Roman athletics and religion, art, and education. Colorful descriptions of the pentathlon, foot-race, wrestling, boxing, ball playing, and more....


The Myths of Greece and Rome

by H. A. Guerber

A classic of mythology, generously illustrated, long prized for its accurate retelling of the principal myths of Greece and Rome, and for its commentary on their origins and significance.


Favorite Greek Myths

by Bob Blaisdell

Adventures, calamities, and conquests abound in stirring tales about Pandora's box, King Midas and his golden touch, the dreaded Cyclops, Narcissus and Echo, and many other familiar figures.


Alexandria

by Theodore Vrettos

Alexandria was the greatest cultural capital of the ancient world. Accomplished classicist and author Theodore Vrettos now tells its story for the first time in a single volume. His enchanting blend of literary...


Ritual and Communication in the Graeco-Roman World

by Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge, Angelos Chaniotis, Walter Burkert & Irene Berti et al.

The analysis of the dynamic nature of rituals has become a heuristic tool for the investigation not only of religious behaviour and beliefs, but also for the study of social practice and communication in ancient...


The Sacrificial Rituals of Greek Hero-Cults in the Archaic to the Early Hellenistic Period

by Gunnel Ekroth

This study questions the traditional view of sacrifices in hero-cults during the Archaic to the early Hellenistic periods. The analysis of the epigraphical and literary evidence for sacrifices to heroes in these...


It's All Greek To Me: From Homer to the Hippocratic Oath, How Ancient Greece Has Shaped Our World

by Charlotte Higgins

Why is ancient Greece important? Because, quite simply, if we want to understand the modern Western world, we need to look back to the Greeks. Consider the way we think about ethics, about the nature of beauty...


Historical Dictionary of Ancient Greek Warfare

by Iain Spence & Jon Woronoff

This resource strategically traces Greek warfare from 720 to 30 BC and its specific and extensive details-the wars, the troops, the armor, the military tactics, and other factors either affecting or affected...


Telling, Turning Moments in the Classical Political World

by Jan H. Blits

Turning, Telling Moments in the Classical Political World examines developments in the classical political world which are both turning and telling moments. All the moments-from Theseus's founding of Athens...


Pharmakon: Plato, Drug Culture, and Identity in Ancient Athens

by Michael A. Rinella

Pharmakon traces the emergence of an ethical discourse in ancient Greece, one centered on states of psychological ecstasy. In the dialogues of Plato, philosophy is itself characterized as a pharmakon, one superior...


Oxford Handbook of Science and Medicine in the Classical World

by Paul Keyser & with John Scarborough

With a focus on science in the ancient societies of Greece and Rome, including glimpses into Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China, The Oxford Handbook of Science and Medicine in the Classical World offers an...


In the Orbit of Love

by David Konstan

This book is about love in the classical world - not erotic passion but the kind of love that binds together intimate members of a family and very close friends, but which may also be extended to include a wider...


Shaping the Geography of Empire

by Katherine Clarke

This volume explores the spatial framework of Herodotus' Histories, the Greek historian's account of Persian imperialism in the sixth and fifth century BC and its culmination in a series of grand expeditions...


The Histories

by Herodotus & George Rawlinson

The Histories of Herodotus is now considered the founding work of history in Western literature. Written in 440 BC in the Ionic dialect of classical Greek, The Histories serves as a record of the ancient traditions,...


The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

by Epictetus & Hastings Crossley

The Golden Sayings of Epictetus is a modern selection from the writings of Epictetus, compiled and translated by Hastings Crossley. It contains more than 180 sayings of Epictetus on various topics. Epictetus...