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The Histories (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions)
The Histories (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions)
by Herodotus
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Translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt with an introduction and Notes by John M. Marincola.  ... (read more)

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Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation
Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation
by Ruby Blondell
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The story of Helen of Troy has its origins in ancient Greek epic and didactic poetry, more than 2500 years ago, but it remains one of the world's most galvanizing myths about the destructive power of beauty. Much like the ancient Greeks, our own... (read more)

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The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives
The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives
by Plutarch
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Nine Greek biographies illustrate the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city's founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.... (read more)

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The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization
The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization
by James Lacey
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Marathon—one of history’s most pivotal battles. Its very name evokes images of almost superhuman courage, endurance, and fighting spirit. But until now, the story of what happened at Marathon has been told exclusively through the narrow... (read more)

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Rome: An Empire's Story
Rome: An Empire's Story
by Greg Woolf
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The very idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today traces of its monuments, literature, and institutions can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa--and sometimes even further afield. In Rome, historian Greg Woolf... (read more)

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Gallic War (96 Edition)
Gallic War (96 Edition)
by Julius Caesar
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The Gallic War, published on the eve of the civil war which led to the end of the Roman Republic, is an autobiographical account written by one of the most famous figures of European history. This new translation reflects the purity of Caesar's Latin... (read more)

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The Annals of Imperial Rome (Penguin Classics)
The Annals of Imperial Rome (Penguin Classics)
by Tacitus
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"The Annals of Imperial Rome" recount the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68. Michael Grant's introduction discusses the life and works of Tacitus and the historical context of the... (read more)

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The Life of Roman Republicanism
The Life of Roman Republicanism
by Joy Connolly
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"As a demonstration of how reading Roman literature becomes absorbing political argument, this book succeeds brilliantly. Joy Connolly possesses a keen mind and her approach is informed by an astonishing stock of contemporary intellectual perspectives... (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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Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The... (read more)

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Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy
Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy
by John R Hale
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The epic true story of Themistocles and the Battle of Salamis, and a rousing history of the world's first dominant navy and the towering empire it built The Athenian Navy was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world. It... (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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The Priests of Ancient Egypt
The Priests of Ancient Egypt
by Serge Sauneron
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The gods were everywhere in Ancient Egypt. Represented by statues, bas-reliefs, and funerary paintings, they even walked among the Egyptians in the person of Pharaoh, considered to be a living god, son of the divine Ra. What better way to understand that... (read more)

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Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt
by David P Silverman
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'The ancient Egyptians lived in a remarkable culture that created some of the world\'s most beautiful art and architecture. It was a land where Pharaoh was the monarch of the entire world, the living emodiment on Earth of the god Horus, son of Osiris... (read more)

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Everyman's Library) Volumes 1, 2 and 3
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Everyman's Library) Volumes 1, 2 and 3
by Edward Gibbon
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The Myths of Rome
The Myths of Rome
by T P Wiseman
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Winner of American Philological Association: C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit 2005. Shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize 2005. Widely reviewed and celebrated in hardback on publication in 2004, "The Myths of Rome" is now available in a paperback edition.... (read more)

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Lives of the Attic Orators: Texts from Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius and the Suda (Clarendon Ancient History)
Lives of the Attic Orators: Texts from Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius and the Suda (Clarendon Ancient History)
by Joseph (int) Roisman
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This volume provides a complete translation of, and historical and historiographical commentary on, the lives of the ten Attic orators given by Pseudo-Plutarch, Photius, and the Suda. Assessing these works as important historical sources for the... (read more)

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Everyman's Library) Volumes 4, 5 and 6
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Everyman's Library) Volumes 4, 5 and 6
by Edward Gibbon
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These Were the Greeks
These Were the Greeks
by H D Amos
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Surveying Greek history and civilization, this examines such topics as the Minoans and Mycenaeans, City-States, Wars with Persia, Imperial Athens, Alexander, and after Alexander, as well as Greek religion, games, democracy and law, work and trade, and... (read more)

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Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity
Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity
by James J. O'donnell
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From James J. O'Donnell, renowned classicist and author of Augustine and The Ruin of the Roman Empire, comes the provocative story of Christianity's rise as told by the traditionalists it displaced For hundreds of years, religious and spiritual... (read more)

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Lives of the Later Caesars: Augustan History, Part 1; Lives of Nerva and Trajan (Penguin Classics)
Lives of the Later Caesars: Augustan History, Part 1; Lives of Nerva and Trajan (Penguin Classics)
by Anthony Birley
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An enigmatic, humorous and controversial account of the later Caesars, an important text for students of Ancient History or Classics.... (read more)

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