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30-Second Ancient Greece: The 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilization

The 50 most important achievements of a timeless civilization, each explained in half a minute. Ancient Greek civilization laid the foundations for so many aspects of modern western life, from archite..

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30-Second Ancient Rome: The 50 Most Important Achievements of a Timeless Civilisation Each Explained in Half a Minute

You know that Rome wasn't built in a day, but just how did a cluster of small hilltop villages expand to become one of the greatest empires in history? Why did Romulus kill his brother Remus? How was ..

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Alexander the Great : The Truth Behind the Myth

At eighteen Alexander had conquered mainland Greece, was crowned King of Macedonia at twenty and by twenty-six he had made himself master of the once mighty Persian Empire. By the time of his death, a..

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Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World

They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories..

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Ancient Guide to Modern Life

How modern are our lives? Or are we still living the lives our ancestors lived? It's time for us to re-examine the past. Our lives are infinitely richer if we take the time to look at what the Greeks ..

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Augustus : A Biography

Born to a plebeian family in 63 BC, Octavian was a young solder training abroad when he heard news of Julius Caesar's brutal assassination - and discovered that he was the dictator's sole political he..

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Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor

Caesar Augustus schemed and fought his way to absolute power. He became Rome's first emperor and ruled for forty-four years before dying peacefully in his bed. The system he created would endure for c..

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Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor

In the year 44 BC, when Julius Caesar was killed, Augustus was a mere teenager who had been adopted into Caesar's household. His reaction to Caesar's death was to step forward and proclaim himself Cae..

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Augustus: The Biography

He was named son and heir by a murdered dictator. He came to Rome with nothing, surrounded by ruthless enemies. Yet Augustus would become the first Roman Emperor, transforming the Republic into the..

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Classical Civilization: A History in Ten Chapters

A concise and accessible study of the foundations, development and enduring legacy of the cultures of Greece and Rome, centred on ten locations of seminal importance in the development of Classical ci..

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Classical Primer: Ancient Knowledge for Modern Minds

The essential introduction to the culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Didn't take Classics at school? Or maybe you've forgotten most of what you once knew? This handy, informative and enjoyable..

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Classics Magpie: From Chariot-Racing Hooligans to Debauched Dinner Parties - A Miscellany That Shakes the Dust off the Ancient World

Who first thought of atoms? How much can you learn about archaeology from an oil lamp? Who came up with the theory of the 'wandering womb'? Oxford Classicist Jane Hood delves into the history, culture..

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Complete Roman Legions

The legions of Rome were among the greatest fighting forces in history. For almost half a millennium they secured the known world under the power of the Caesars. This pioneering account gathers togeth..

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Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

The temples of ancient Egypt include the largest and some of the most impressive religious monuments the world has ever known. Mansions of the gods, models of Egypt and of the universe, focal points f..

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Confronting the Classics : Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her books and TV presenting. In a series of sparklin..

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Constantine the Emperor

No Roman emperor had a greater impact on the modern world than did Constantine. The reason is not simply that he converted to Christianity, but that he did so in a way that brought his subjects along ..

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Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Famously sceptical about Christianity, unexpectedly sympathetic to the barbarian invaders and the Byzantine Empire, constantly aware of how political leaders often achieve the exact opposite of what t..

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Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman peo..

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Roman emperors, Arab scholars, and early travellers were already drawn to and enchanted by the fascination of the land along the Nile. The pyramids of Giza, the temple-city of Karnak, or the Valley of..

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Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks but Were Afraid to Ask

"The ancient Greeks continue to fascinate us - they gave us our alphabet and much of our scientific, medical and cultural language; they invented democracy, atomic theory, and the rules of logic and g..

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Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks but Were Afraid to Ask

"The ancient Greeks gave us our alphabet and much of our scientific, medical and cultural language; they invented democracy, atomic theory, and the rules of logic and geometry; laid the foundations of..

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Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

NATIONAL BESTSELLER For millennia, Carthage's triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B.C. has inspired reverence and awe. No general since has matched Hannibal's most unexpected, innovative, and brutal mi..

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Greek and Roman Political Ideas: A Pelican Introduction

Where do our ideas about politics come from? What can we learn from the Greeks and Romans? How should we exercise power? Melissa Lane teaches politics at Princeton University, and previously taught po..

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Greek Search for Wisdom

This is an eloquent and insightful look at Greek wisdom and its lasting legacy on Western Civilisation. The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once said that all of Western philosophy was "but a serie..

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Harry Mount's Odyssey: Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus

Architecture, art, sculpture, economics, mathematics, science, metaphysics, comedy, tragedy, drama and epic poetry were all devised and perfected by the Greeks. Of the four classical orders of archite..

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Hellenistic Age, The

The three centuries which followed the conquests of Alexander are perhaps the most thrilling of all periods of ancient history. This was an age of cultural globalization: in the third century BC, a s..

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Herodotus Historiae: v.1, Bks.1-4


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The Histories of Herodotus, completed in the second half of the 5th century BC, is generally regarded as the first work of history and the first great masterpiece of non-fiction writing. Few history b..

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History of Ancient Egypt: Volume 2: From the Great Pyramid to the Fall of the Middle Kingdom

This definitive, multi-volume history of the world's first known state reveals that much of what we have been taught about Ancient Egypt is the product of narrow-minded visions of the past Drawing on..

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Imperial Triumph: The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine

Imperial Triumph presents the history of Rome at the height of its imperial power. Beginning with the reign of Hadrian in Rome and ending with the death of Julian the Apostate on campaign in Persia, i..

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In the Shadow of the Sword: Battle for Global Empire & the End of the Ancient World

In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding tr..

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Introducing the Ancient Greeks

Who were the ancient Greeks? They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. But what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? The ancient Greeks were a geographically disp..

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Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

The ancient Greeks invented democracy, theater, rational science, and philosophy. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote down the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, an..

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Latin: Story of a World Language

The mother tongue of the Roman Empire and the lingua franca of the West for centuries after Rome's fall, Latin survives today primarily in classrooms and texts. Yet this "dead language" is unique in t..

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Latin: Story of a World Language

The mother tongue of the Roman Empire and the lingua franca of the West for centuries afterward, Latin survives today primarily in classrooms and texts. Yet this "dead language" is unique in the influ..

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Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up

What made the Romans laugh? Was ancient Rome a carnival, filled with practical jokes and hearty chuckles? Or was it a carefully regulated culture in which the uncontrollable excess of laughter was a f..

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Legions of Rome: The Definitive History of Every Imperial Roman Legion

The complete history of every Imperial Roman legion and what it achieved as a fighting force, by an award-winning historian In this landmark publication, Stephen Dando-Collins does what no other autho..

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Letters From A Stoic


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Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World

The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavour. World-class interpretations exist of its Classical and subsequent history, but there has been remarkably little ..

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Mighty Dead : Why Homer Matters

Where does Homer come from? And why does Homer matter? His epic poems of war and suffering can still speak to us of the role of destiny in life, of cruelty, of humanity and its frailty, but why they d..

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Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters

Longlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 'A thrilling and complex book, enlarges our view of Homer ...There's something that hits the mark on every page' Claire Tomalin, Books of t..

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Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

This, the riveting story of the Germania, tells of its incarnations and exploitations through the ages. The pope wanted it, Montesquieu used it and the Nazis pilfered an Italian noble's villa to get i..

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National Geographic the Greeks: An Illustrated History

On the culture that brought us democracy, the Olympics, Socrates, and Alexander the Great, this lavishly illustrated reference about ancient Greece presents the amazing history through gripping storie..

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Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

The Pax Romana is famous for having provided a remarkable period of peace and stability, rarely seen before or since. Yet the Romans were first and foremost conquerors, imperialists who took by force ..

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Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard

A riveting account of ancient Rome's imperial bodyguard, the select band of soldiers who wielded the power to make-or destroy-the emperors they served Founded by Augustus around 27 B.C., the elite Pra..

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Release Your Inner Roman by Marcus Sidonius Falx

At last the Roman self-help book the world has been waiting for. Marcus Sidonius Falx sets out the characteristics that have made the Romans the most successful people in history and shows how followi..

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Restoration of Rome : Barbarian Popes & Imperial Pretenders

In 476 AD the last of Rome's emperors was deposed by a barbarian general, the son of one of Attila the Hun's henchmen, and the imperial vestments were despatched to Constantinople. The curtain fell on..

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Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE "KANSAS CITY STAR" From Anthony Everitt, the bestselling author of acclaimed biographies of Cicero, Augustus, and Hadrian," "comes a riveting, magisteria..

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Roman Revolution

The Roman Revolution is a profound and unconventional treatment of a great theme - the fall of the Republic and the decline of freedom in Rome between 60 BC and AD 14, and the rise to power of the gre..

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Romans: All That Matters

In The Romans: All That Matters, John Manley focuses on some of the fundamental aspects of the Roman Empire, especially those topics that have relevance beyond the study of Antiquity itself - how its ..

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Rome in the Ancient World: From Romulus to Justinian
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