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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History)
by Eric H. Cline
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"This enthralling book describes one of the most dramatic and mysterious processes in the history of mankind--the collapse of the Bronze Age civilizations. Cline walks us through events that transpired three millennia ago, but as we follow him on this... (read more)

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Antiquity: From the Birth of Sumerian Civilization to the Fall of the Roman Empire
Antiquity: From the Birth of Sumerian Civilization to the Fall of the Roman Empire
by Norman F. Cantor
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This is the most up-to-date, succinct history of ancient civilization by the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "In the Wake of the Plague."... (read more)

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Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian
Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian
by Robin Lane Fox
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The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome once dominated the world, and they continue to fascinate and inspire us. Classical art and architecture, drama and epic, philosophy and politics-these are the foundations of Western civilization. In The... (read more)

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The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians, and the Rise of Islam
The War of the Three Gods: Romans, Persians, and the Rise of Islam
by Peter Crawford
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The War of the Three Gods is a military history of the Near and Middle East in the seventh century—with its chief focus on the reign of the Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius (AD 610-641)—a pivotal and dramatic time in world history. The... (read more)

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Memory and the Mediterranean
Memory and the Mediterranean
by Fernand Braudel
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“A neglected treasure . . . . This panoramic chronicle reminds us why Braudel commanded global respect as a historian and a scholar. . . . Braudel strides gracefully through the millennia [and] engages the imagination of his readers, drawing us... (read more)

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Ancient Egypt: Everyday Life in the Land of the Nile (Everyday Life)
Ancient Egypt: Everyday Life in the Land of the Nile (Everyday Life)
by Bob Brier
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A vivid view of life in ancient Egypt. More than 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians founded one of the world's oldest civilizations. We know of its pyramids, art, and pharaohs. But what was life really like then? Ordinary citizens in ancient Egypt... (read more)

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Oxford History of the Classical World
Oxford History of the Classical World
by John Boardman
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'From the epic poems of Homer to the glittering art and architecture of Greece\'s Golden Age to the influential Roman systems of law and leadership, the classical world has established the foundations of our culture, as well as many of its enduring... (read more)

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Alexandria
Alexandria
by Theodore Vrettos
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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 and scholarly qualities makes stories that... (read more)

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The Vanished Library
The Vanished Library
by Luciano Canfora
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The Library of Alexandria, one of the wonders of the Ancient World, has haunted Western culture for over 2,000 years. The Ptolemaic kings of Egypt--successors of Alexander the Great--had a staggering ambition: to house all of the books ever written under... (read more)

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Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine
Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine
by Scott Korb
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What was it like to live in the time of Jesus? What did people eat? Whom did they marry? How did they keep themselves clean? What did their cities and towns look like? What did they believe? The answers, it turns out, are surprising. This simple question... (read more)

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Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece & Rome (Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography (Hardcover)
Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece & Rome (Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography (Hardcover)
by Richard J A Talbert
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Ancient Perspectives encompasses a vast arc of space and time—Western Asia to North Africa and Europe from the third millennium BCE to the fifth century CE—to explore mapmaking and worldviews in the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt,... (read more)

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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
by Paul Jordan
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The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and all sorts of imaginings and mysteries attaching to them, have intrigued people since the second century BCE. Why were these particular creations chosen and when? And why did the ancients want to draw up such a... (read more)

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The Book of Ancient Bastards: 101 of the Worst Miscreants and Misdeeds from Ancient Sumer to the Enlightenment
The Book of Ancient Bastards: 101 of the Worst Miscreants and Misdeeds from Ancient Sumer to the Enlightenment
by Brian Thornton
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When it comes to bastards, you can't beat the good old days of the Egyptian pharaohs, the Roman Empire, or Europe during the Dark Ages. The bastards of old abound--and they come in every color, creed, gender, and sexual preference. From the cross... (read more)

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The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
The Ancient Guide to Modern Life
by Natalie Haynes
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In times as turbulent as these, comedienne Natalie Haynes brings her scholarship, wit, and a deeply insightful eye to the topic of reexamining our classical past to have a richer present. She contends there are few things more encouraging than the... (read more)

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Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Thought
Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Thought
by Ingvild Slid Gilhus
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Consulting a wide range of key texts and source material, Animals, Gods and Humans covers 800 years and provides a detailed analysis of early Christian attitudes to, and the position of, animals in Greek and Roman life and thought. Both the pagan and... (read more)

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Druids: Preachers of Immortality (Revealing History)
Druids: Preachers of Immortality (Revealing History)
by Anne Ross
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Druidism was the religion of the Celts and the Druids themselves were all-powerful, taking precedence over the Celtic kings. Over and above the evidence of classical texts and of archaeology, the richest source of information about the Druids is the... (read more)

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The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: Ad 395 - 600 (Routledge History of the Ancient World)
The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: Ad 395 - 600 (Routledge History of the Ancient World)
by Averil Cameron
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The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity provides both a detailed introduction to late antiquity, and a direct challenge to the conventional views of the end of the empire. A world expert on the subject, Averil Cameron focuses on the changes and... (read more)

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Penguin History of Europe #01: The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
Penguin History of Europe #01: The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
by Simon Price
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A stunning work of research and imagination that sheds new light of the ancient world. The western world has long been fascinated by classical Greek and Roman cultures, whose ideas and achievements underpin our own. Yet little has been written about how... (read more)

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Libraries in the Ancient World (Yale Nota Bene)
Libraries in the Ancient World (Yale Nota Bene)
by Lionel Casson
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Telling the story of ancient libraries from their very beginnings, when "books" were clay tablets, a renowned classicist takes readers on a lively tour from the royal libraries of the ancient Near East to the private and public libraries of Greece and... (read more)

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
by Simon Hornblower
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Unrivaled in scope and scholarship, The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization is an indispensable guide to the richly textured history of ancient Greece and Rome. From military history to architecture, ancient law to mythology, the sciences to the... (read more)

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