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In God's Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)
In God's Path: The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire (Ancient Warfare and Civilization)
by Robert G Hoyland
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In just over a hundred years--from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750--the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung... (read more)

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Constantine the Emperor
Constantine the Emperor
by D S Potter
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Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced... (read more)

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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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The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World
by David Anthony
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"If you want to learn about the early origins of English and related languages, and of many of our familiar customs such as feasting on holidays and exchanging gifts, this book provides a lively and richly informed introduction. Along the way you will... (read more)

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The History of the Peloponnesian War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
The History of the Peloponnesian War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
by Thucydides
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Thucydides (c. 460 BC–400 BC) was a general who was exiled for his failure to defend the Greek city of Amphipolis in Thrace. During his exile, he began compiling histories and accounts of the war from various participants. Rex Warner was a Professor... (read more)

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Norton Book of Classical Literature (Cloth) (93 Edition)
Norton Book of Classical Literature (Cloth) (93 Edition)
by Bernard Macgregor Walker (ed.) Knox
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An anthology of classical literature features more than three hundred selections, including pieces on the origins of the Greek language, works by Homer, discussion on the fall of Rome and St. Augustine, and more.... (read more)

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The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures
The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures
by James Pritchard
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"There is no other anthology on the ancient Near East with this breadth of geographical and linguistic coverage, or with this variety of genres, from the literary and historical to the legal, epistolary, and religious."--Francesca Rochberg, University of... (read more)

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Hinges of History #3: Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus
Hinges of History #3: Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus
by Thomas Cahill
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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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The Egyptian Book of the Dead
The Egyptian Book of the Dead
by E A Wallis Budge
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The Egyptian Book of the Dead is unquestionably one of the most influential books in all history. Embodying a ritual to be performed for the dead, with detailed instructions for the behaviors of the disembodied spirit in the Land of the Gods, it served... (read more)

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Families in the Greco-Roman World (Family in Antiquity)
Families in the Greco-Roman World (Family in Antiquity)
by Ray Laurence
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The family has been recognised in the ancient world as the key social institution on which both society and the state are based. However, in the pre-Classical and Classical world the family was constructed in dissimilar ways and provides the means to... (read more)

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The Incas: New Perspectives
The Incas: New Perspectives
by Gordon F Mcewan
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A revealing portrait of the ancient Andean empire from its earliest development to its final capitulation to Pizarro.... (read more)

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Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome, the Penguin
Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome, the Penguin
by Christopher Scarre
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Traces the Roman Empire's rise and fall, looking at its provinces and cities, trade and economy, armies and frontier defenses; following its foreign wars and internecine struggles; charting its transformation into a Christian theocracy; and assessing its... (read more)

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The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets
The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets
by William J Broad
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William J. Broad is a senior writer at The New York Times and with colleagues there has twice won the Pulitzer Prize as well as an Emmy. For three decades, he has covered topics ranging from biology and geology to astronomy and nuclear arms. He is the... (read more)

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Courtesans and Fishcakes (11 Edition)
Courtesans and Fishcakes (11 Edition)
by James N. Davidson
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As any reader of the Symposium knows, the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates conversed over lavish banquets, kept watch on who was eating too much fish, and imbibed liberally without ever getting drunk. In other words, James Davidson writes, he reflected... (read more)

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Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
by Lars Brownworth
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In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell-or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another eleven centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its... (read more)

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Aegean Bronze Age (94 Edition)
Aegean Bronze Age (94 Edition)
by Oliver Dickinson
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The Aegean Bronze Age saw the rise and fall of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. The region's cultural history emerges through a series of thematic chapters that examine settlement, economy, crafts, exchange and foreign contact, religion and burial... (read more)

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Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter
by Thomas Cahill
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US“A triumph 0f popularization: extraordinarily knowledgeable, informal in tone, amusing, wide ranging, smartly paced.” —The New York Times Book Review “The best introduction to classical Greek culture yet written... (read more)

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The Jewish War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
The Jewish War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
by Josephus
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G.A. Williamson was born in 1895 and was a Classical Exhibitioner at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating with a First Class Honours degree. He was Senior Classics Master at Norwich School from 1922 to 1960. He also translated Josephus: The Jewish War... (read more)

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Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
by Anthony Everitt
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