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  • History Play: The Lives and After-life of Christopher Marlowe

    by Rodney Bolt ...
    What if Christopher Marlowe staged his own death, fled to the Continent and went on to write the works we now attribute to Shakespeare?'About anyone so great as Shakespeare, it is probable that we can never be right; and if we can never be right, it is better that we should from time to time change our way of being wrong.' T. S. EliotMark Twain likened writing the biography of Shakespeare to ... Read more

    $5.99 USD $0.99 USD

  • Maximinus Thrax

    From Common Soldier to Emperor of Rome

    The first full-length biography of the half-barbarian emperor.Maximinus was a Thracian tribesman of frightening appearance and colossal size” who could smash stones with his bare hands and pull fully laden wagons unaided. Such feats impressed the emperor Severus who enlisted Maximinus into the imperial bodyguard whereupon he embarked on a distinguished military career. Eventually he achieved ... Read more

    $18.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Romans at War

    The Roman Military in the Republic and Empire

    by Simon Elliott ...
    A comprehensive guide to this remarkable ancient fighting force: “Groundbreaking insights into the Roman military . . . sumptuously illustrated.” —Love ReadingThe Roman military machine was pre-eminent in ancient times, projecting power across the known world over a vast chronology, and an increasingly huge and diverse geography. One of the most powerful instruments of war in the history of ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Greek Poems to the Gods

    Hymns from Homer to Proclus

    The ancient Greek hymnic tradition translated beautifully and accessibly.The hymn—as poetry, as craft, as a tool for worship and philosophy—was a vital art form throughout antiquity. Although the Homeric Hymns have long been popular, other equally important collections have not been readily accessible to students eager to learn about ancient poetry. In reading hymns, we also gain valuable insight ... Read more

    $20.49 USD

  • Greece

    Biography of a Modern Nation

    For many, “Greece” is synonymous with “ancient Greece,” the civilization that gave us much that defines Western culture today. But, how did Greece come to be so powerfully attached to the legacy of the ancients in the first place and then define an identity for itself that is at once Greek and modern? This book reveals the remarkable achievement, during the last three hundred years, of building a ... Read more

    $16.59 USD

  • The Gods of Olympus

    A History

    An elegant and entertaining account of the transformations of the Greek gods across the ages, from antiquity to the Renaissance and the present dayThe gods of Olympus are the most colorful characters of Greek civilization: even in antiquity, they were said to be cruel, oversexed, mad, or just plain silly. Yet for all their foibles and flaws, they proved to be tough survivors, far outlasting ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Not All Dead White Men

    Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age

    Some of the most controversial and consequential debates about the legacy of the ancients are raging not in universities but online, where alt-right men’s groups deploy ancient sources to justify misogyny and a return of antifeminist masculinity. Donna Zuckerberg dives deep to take a look at this unexpected reanimation of the Classical tradition. ... Read more

    $20.19 USD $12.99 USD

  • The Wall

    Rome's Greatest Frontier

    A “compelling, thought-provoking and entertaining history” of Hadrian’s Wall, one of Britain’s most intriguing landmarks (Herald).Hadrian’s Wall is the largest and one of the most enigmatic historical monuments in Britain. Nothing else approaches its vast scale: a land wall running seventy-three miles from east to west and a sea wall stretching at least twenty-six miles down the Cumbrian coast. ... Read more

    $11.59 USD

  • The Army of the Roman Republic

    From the Regal Period to the Army of Julius Caesar

    by Michael Sage ...
    From the moment its last king was expelled (traditionally in 753) the Roman republic had to fight for its very survival. Centuries of almost continuous warfare saw Romes armies evolve in response to a wide variety of threats which were met with mixed fortunes though always with ultimate success. As defence of the homeland turned to territorial expansion, Roman forces also had to adapt to sustained ... Read more

    $15.19 USD

  • A History of Modern Japan

    In Search of a Nation: 1850 to the Present

    "Lucid and lyrical…a vivid history of Japan's turbocharged (and painful) modernization." —The Daily TelegraphIn A History of Modern Japan, cultural historian Christopher Harding delves into the untold stories of Japan's recent history—from a pop star's nuclear power protest song in 2011, to Japanese feminists who fought for an equal political voice in the 1890s.Though highly successful, and ... Read more

    $13.09 USD

  • Four Days in September

    The Battle of Teutoburg

    The author of The Great Illyrian Revolt examines one of the Roman Empire's most pivotal defeats—a surprise attack by Germanic barbarians in 9 AD.For twenty years, the Roman Empire conquered its way through modern-day Germany, claiming all lands from the Rhine to the Elbe. However, when at last all appeared to be under control, a catastrophe erupted that claimed the lives of 10,000 legionnaires and ... Read more

    $17.29 USD

  • Classical Culture and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

    series Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
    This book explores the relationships between ancient witchcraft and its modern incarnation, and by doing so fills an important gap in the historiography. It is often noted that stories of witchcraft circulated in Greek and Latin classical texts, and that treatises dealing with witch-beliefs referenced them. Still, the role of humanistic culture and classical revival in the developing of the witch ... Read more

    $62.99 USD


    The Lives of the Roman Emperors

    by Suetonius ...
    Translated by J. C. Rolfe ...
    This eBook edition of "The Twelve Caesars" has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus. The book provides valuable information on the heritage, personal habits, physical appearance, lives, and ... Read more

    $0.99 USD

  • The Storm Before the Storm

    The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

    by Mike Duncan ...
    The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in central Italy, Rome gradually expanded into a wider world ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Message of the Sphinx

    A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Two Egypt experts posit a revolutionary theory: The Sphinx and other great Egyptian monuments are older than common history books tell us and are arranged in such a way as to send us a message from the silent past.Guardian of the ancient mysteries, the keeper of secrets . . . For thousands of years the Great Sphinx of Egypt has gazed toward the east, its eyes focused on ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Women in Ancient Greece

    by Paul Chrystal ...
    Women in Ancient Greece is a much-needed analysis of how women behaved in Greek society, how they were regarded, and the restrictions imposed on their actions. Given that ancient Greece was very much a man’s world, most books on ancient Greek society tend to focus on men; this book redresses the imbalance by shining the spotlight on that neglected other half. Women had significant roles to play in ... Read more

    $9.72 USD

  • Prehistory Explained

    by Shane P Leach ...
    This eBook explores the following theories: NASA archive images of towers on the Moon and giant pyramids on Mars, magnetic resonance imaging data of a city the size of LA under the Antarctic ice sheet, fractal analysis of the Face on Mars proving it's artificial, X-ray analysis of the Great Pyramid showing secret chambers, and more... The theories in this eBook are based on hundreds of pieces of ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers and Commoners

    100 biographies reveal the true character and diversity of the ancient world's greatest civilizationThe biographies included here give voice not only to ancient Egypt's rulers but also to the people who built the great monuments, staffed government offices, farmed, served in the temples, and fought to defend the country's borders. Spanning thousands of years of ancient Egyptian history, the book ... Read more

    $31.99 USD $28.79 USD

  • The Mystery of the Last Supper

    Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus

    For hundreds of years, we thought we knew what happened during Jesus' last days. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not only observed by Christians around the world, but are also recognized in calendars and by non-practitioners as commemorating the true timeline of events in the life of Christ. But apparent inconsistencies in the gospel accounts of Jesus' final week have puzzled ... Read more

    $19.69 USD

  • The Galatians

    Celtic Invaders of Greece and Asia Minor

    A historian of the ancient world examines the epic rise and fall of the Celtic tribes who invaded the Mediterranean and lands further east.The eastern Celtic tribes, known to the Greeks as Galatians, exploited the waning of Macedonian power after Alexander the Great’s death to launch increasingly ambitious raids and expeditions into the Balkans. In 279 BC they launched a major invasion, defeating ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2

    by Plutarch ...
    Plutarch's Lives, written at the beginning of the second century A.D., is a brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers and moralists of all time. In what is by far his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory. Richly anecdotal and full of detail, Volume I ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $10.99 USD

  • The First Fossil Hunters

    Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times

    Griffins, Cyclopes, Monsters, and Giants--these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. But what if these beings were more than merely fictions? What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose? This is the ... Read more

    $15.89 USD

  • Hannibal

    Hannibal is “an exciting biography of one of history’s greatest commanders…a thrilling page-turner” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) about the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its knees, and who is still regarded today as one of the greatest military strategists in history.Hannibal Barca of Carthage, born 247 BC, was one of the great ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Reading Herodotus

    A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History

    by Debra Hamel ...
    Hamel takes us on a delightful, audacious romp through The History of the Persian Wars.Debra Hamel’s book is a lively introduction to The History of the Persian Wars, Herodotus's account of Persia's expansion under four kings—Cyrus, Cambyses, Darius, and Xerxes—and its eventual collision with the city-states of Greece.The History can be a long slog for modern readers, but it is full of salacious ... Read more

    $27.09 USD