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  • Troy

    The Greek Myths Reimagined

    by Stephen Fry ...
    Book 3 - Stephen Fry's Greek Myths
    In this brilliant conclusion to his bestselling Mythos trilogy, legendary author and actor Stephen Fry retells the tale of the Trojan War.Full of tragic heroes, intoxicating love stories, and the unstoppable force of fate, there is no conflict more iconic than the Trojan War. Troy is the story of the epic battle retold by Fry with drama, humor, and vivid emotion. Achilles, Hector, Odysseus, Helen, ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • 1177 B.C.

    The Year Civilization Collapsed: Revised and Updated

    by Eric H. Cline ...
    Book 6 - Turning Points in Ancient History
    A bold reassessment of what caused the Late Bronze Age collapseIn 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Ancient Greeks and Romans

    by Garrett Ryan ...
    Why didn't the ancient Greeks or Romans wear pants? How did they shave? How likely were they to drink fine wine, use birth control, or survive surgery?In a series of short and humorous essays, Naked Statues, Fat Gladiators, and War Elephants explores some of the questions about the Greeks and Romans that ancient historian Garrett Ryan has answered in the classroom and online. Unlike most books on ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Mythos

    Book 1 - Stephen Fry's Greek Myths
    Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Classical artwork inspired ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • The Horses of St. Mark's

    A Story of Triumph in Byzantium, Paris, and Venice

    The noted historian explores the mysterious origins and surprising adventures of four iconic bronze statues as they appear and reappear through the ages.In July 1798, a triumphant procession made its way through the streets of Paris. Echoing the parades of Roman emperors many years before, Napoleon Bonaparte was proudly displaying the spoils of his recent military adventures. There were animals ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Music

    A Subversive History

    by Ted Gioia ...
    "A dauntingly ambitious, obsessively researched" (Los Angeles Times) global history of music that reveals how songs have shifted societies and sparked revolutions.Histories of music overwhelmingly suppress stories of the outsiders and rebels who created musical revolutions and instead celebrate the mainstream assimilators who borrowed innovations, diluted their impact, and disguised their sources. ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Persian Fire

    by Tom Holland ...
    A "fresh...thrilling" (The Guardian) account of the Graeco-Persian Wars. In the fifth century B.C., a global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece.The story of how ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Under Another Sky

    Journeys in Roman Britain

    **The author and classics scholar shares “**a delightful, deeply informed recounting of her journeys across Britain in search of its ancient Roman past” (Kirkus, starred review).What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Sometimes on foot, sometimes in a magnificent, if not entirely ... Read more

    $1.99 USD

  • Scipio Africanus

    Greater Than Napoleon

    Scipio Africanus (236-183 B.C.) was one of the most exciting and dynamic leaders in history. As commander he never lost a battle. Yet it is his adversary, Hannibal, who has lived on in the public memory, due mostly to his daring march through the Alps with his elephants. At the Battle of the Ticinus, Hannibal's initial encounter with Roman arms, young Scipio first tasted warfare, rescuing his ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The End of Eden

    The Comet That Changed Civilization

    Presents compelling evidence that civilizations worldwide became warlike and monotheistic after Earth passed through the tail of a comet in 1500 B.C.• Explores the violent effect of debris from comet 12P/Pons-Brooks on peaceful cultures such as the Olmec of Mexico and the Megalithic people who built Stonehenge• Shows how this comet’s appearance was taken as a significant religious event that still ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Wandering Mind: What Medieval Monks Tell Us About Distraction

    by Jamie Kreiner ...
    A revelatory account of how Christian monks identified distraction as a fundamental challenge—and how their efforts to defeat it can inform ours, more than a millennium later.The digital era is beset by distraction, and it feels like things are only getting worse. At times like these, the distant past beckons as a golden age of attention. We fantasize about escaping our screens. We dream of ... Read more

    $19.99 USD

  • Ancient Greeks at War

    Warfare in the Classical World from Agamemnon to Alexander

    by Simon Elliott ...
    Expert Simon Elliott considers the different fighting styles of Greek armies and discusses how Greek battles unfolded.Ancient Greeks at War is a lavishly illustrated tour de force covering every aspect of warfare in the Ancient Greek world from the beginnings of Greek civilization through to its assimilation into the ever expanding world of Rome. As such it begins with the onset Minoan culture on ... Read more

    $27.99 USD

  • Cleopatra

    Her History, Her Myth

    series Ancient Lives
    A feminist reinterpretation of the myths surrounding Cleopatra casts new light on the Egyptian queen and her legacy“A thoughtful, sympathetic portrait of a legendary historical figure.”—Kirkus ReviewsThe siren passionately in love with Mark Antony, the seductress who allegedly rolled out of a carpet she had herself smuggled in to see Caesar, Cleopatra is a figure shrouded in myth. Beyond the ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • The Pocket Stoic

    by John Sellars ...
    To counter the daily anxieties, stress, and emotional swings caused by the barrage of stimuli that plagues modern life, many people have been finding unexpected solace in a philosophy from a very different and distant time: Stoicism. Today, more than 100,000 people are members of online communities for modern Stoics, and there are annual conferences, meet-ups, and workshops for those aspiring to ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Cleopatra

    A Life

    by Stacy Schiff ...
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Twelve Caesars

    by Robert Graves ...
    This ancient biographical history of Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Domitian is translated by the acclaimed classicists and author of I, Claudius.As personal secretary to Emperor Hadrian, the second century scholar Suetonius had unlimited access to the Roman Imperial archives. Drawing on this wealth of source material, he wrote a sweeping account of the lives of Rome’s first twelve emperors. ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • The History of Jerusalem

    Its Origins to the Early Middle Ages

    Fascinating revelations of the parts played by David, Solomon, Judas Maccabee, Pompey, Cleopatra, Justinian, and others in the making of the city.Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, with evidence of an original settlement dating back more than 4,000 years. Vitally important was the supply of water provided by the Gihon Spring, in a land that normally experienced rainfall only from ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

    by Mary Beard ...
    New York Times BestsellerA New York Times Notable BookNamed one of the Best Books of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Kirkus ReviewsFinalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical LiteratureFinalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History)A San Francisco Chronicle</e... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Alexander The Great

    MURDER IN BABYLON is a real-life historical detective story: a true tale of murder and mystery that has remained untold for over two thousand years.Recreating the scene of the crime to reveal eight suspects, each with the motive and opportunity to have assassinated the king. Graham Phillips uncovers a maze of intrigue, power-play and romantic tragedy that led inevitably towards Alexander's death. ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Jason and the Argonauts

    by Neil Smith ...
    series Myths and Legends
    The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a crew of legendary heroes, including Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, and the twins Castor and Polydeuces. With this band of warriors and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Early Britain

    Anglo-Saxon Britain

    by Grant Allen ...
    Though he got his start in the field of higher education, Grant Allen later found his niche as a writer of popular fiction and nonfiction. Allen's series of history texts presents the highlights of important periods, along with key aspects of social, political and economic context, in an engaging narrative style that will keep readers hooked. ... Read more

    $3.99 USD

  • Story of Philosophy

    by Will Durant ...
    A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers, from Plato to Dewey.Few write for the non-specialist as well as Will Durant, and this book is a splendid example of his eminently readable scholarship. Durant’s insight and wit never cease to dazzle; The Story of Philosophy is a key book for anyone who wishes to survey the history and development of philosophical ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Roman Britain: A New History 55 BC - AD 450

    A New History 55 BC-AD 450

    For nearly four centuries, from AD 43 to 410, Britain was a small province on the north western edge of the vast Roman Empire. Patricia Southerns masterly new history tells the story from first contact, through invasion and conquest, coexistence to eventual decline incorporating the political, social and cultural history of Britannia. For the first time the wealth of voices from the varied ... Read more

    $11.99 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

    $12.99 USD $9.99 USD