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published on 12 February 2016
Your Travel Guide to Ancient China (Passport to History) by Josepha Sherman is a children's book, written for ages 9 and older and targeted for a grade-level of 4 and up, but any adult reader will enjoy this book and get a great deal out of it. It is part of the Passport to History series published by Lerner and, like the others, is a great reading experience... [continue reading]
published on 09 February 2016
Caligula. Gladiator. Spartacus. HBO’s series Rome. If you’ve seen any on-screen adaptation of life in the Roman Empire, you’ve seen some depiction of gossip worthy or taboo sex. Cleopatra seduced Caesar; Caligula held infamous orgies; Nero raped senators’ wives during dinner parties and critiqued their proficiency in bed afterward... [continue reading]
published on 24 January 2016
The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Ancient Israel is one of Wiley Blackwell’s several companion books. Aimed at producing "a multifaceted entry into ancient Israelite culture", each article addresses a unique scholarly focus in the study of ancient Israel, complete with brief scholarly history and current trends. The twenty-eight chapters... [continue reading]
published on 06 January 2016
Shaye Cohen’s third edition of his work about Jewish life from the Maccabees to the Mishnah is most valuable as an overview. Oddly enough, he offers the most poignant critiques in his third edition preface, writing that sometimes he "speaks about "jews"… where [he] would now be more careful and write "Judeans" " (xi... [continue reading]
published on 05 January 2016
Contrary to popular belief, military history does not begin in Greece. In his book, The Origins of War, Arther Ferrill traces the development of war from prehistoric times until the time of Alexander. Ferrill begins his work in an unconventional manner beginning not with Greece, but with the ancient Near East. Greece became a powerful military power because... [continue reading]
published on 01 January 2016
Every empire has a cultural rival that both terrifies and fascinates the populace. During Rome's tenure as a Mediterranean superpower, the city had more than a few epic rivalries with its neighbors. Only one was so terrible, so frightening to the Roman people that upon its final defeat the Romans sowed the land with salt so no one could live in the city again. ... [continue reading]
published on 07 December 2015
When one thinks of historical military fiction, the mind perhaps turns to the great works of established authors like Michael Shaara, Bernard Cornwell, and C.S.Forester, to name a few. Their works, as a foundation, have literally stacks full of primary source documents and research backing them up. Regrettably, the body of primary source research available... [continue reading]
published on 30 October 2015
Eric M. Meyers, biblical scholar and archaeologist at Duke University, and Mark A. Chancey, Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, worked together to publish a third volume of a series on biblical archaeology. The first two volumes, by Amihai Mazar and Ephraim Stern, covered material up to the Hellenistic period and conquest of Alexander... [continue reading]
published on 28 October 2015
Ancient Warfare​ magazine ​is published by Karwansaray Publishers. Located in the Netherlands, they concnetrate on providing a historical focus with "special emphasis... placed on quality production, original artwork, and current but accessible scholarship" (Source). Along with Ancient Warfare,​​ they also publish a few other accessible... [continue reading]
published on 26 October 2015
This massive volume of 671 pages is described as a history of the Mediterranean from the beginning to the emergence of the classical world. It fills a necessary gap in the market as there has been little holistic exploration of how the societies and cultures of the region first came into being and subsequently developed. For anyone interested in the diversity... [continue reading]
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