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Queen Teuta of Illyria
Image by Creative Assembly

Queen Teuta of Illyria

Artist's impression of Teuta, Queen of the Illyrian Ardiaei tribe, leads a pirate expedition against rome. According to Illyrian laws, piracy was a legitimate trade, which led to war against the Roman Republic, who did not approve. This...
Ancient Sea Battle
Image by Creative Assembly

Ancient Sea Battle

Modern 3D representation of what an ancient sea battle between Romans and pirates may have looked like.
The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World
Book Review by Cyprian Broodbank

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

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...
The Culture of Sparta
Book Review by Vic Kovacs

The Culture of Sparta

As part of a series titled Ancient Cultures and Civilizations, The Culture of Sparta by Vic Kovacs aims to present a simple, accessible overview of ancient Sparta. The volume is oriented towards a younger, K-12 audience. At only 31 pages...
The Phoenicians and the West: Politics, Colonies and Trade
Book Review by Maria Eugenia Aubet

The Phoenicians and the West: Politics, Colonies and Trade

The Phoenicians were one of the most influential ancient Mediterranean cultures, and so it is surprising how few general history books there are on the market which cover this fascinating civilization. In addition, of the few books generally...
Malta: Prehistory and Temples (Malta's Living Heritage)
Book Review by David H. Trump

Malta: Prehistory and Temples (Malta's Living Heritage)

How could a Neolithic society operating at a level that produced only slightly more than subsistence level support such complex architecture and art far in advance of that of the nearest and more distant cultures? This is the question...
North Africa’s Place in the Mediterranean Economy of Late Antiquity
Article by Michael Goodyear

North Africa’s Place in the Mediterranean Economy of Late Antiquity

The Mediterranean Sea was the economic focal point of the Roman Empire. Rome’s armies first established an empire across these waters beginning back in the times of the Roman Republic. In 200 CE, the Mediterranean was still the channel...
The Rise of Cities in the Ancient Mediterranean
Article by Oxford University Press

The Rise of Cities in the Ancient Mediterranean

The history of the ancient world has always been told as a history of cities, from Homer’s epic poems about events just before and just after the sack of Troy, through the prose histories of wars between Athens and Sparta, Rome and...
Wine Culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean
Article by Branko van Oppen

Wine Culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

The culture of drinking wine was enjoyed throughout the Mediterranean world, and what is true now was true in antiquity, too: wine is always good business. The Hellenistic Period (c. 335-30 BCE), between Alexander the Great...
Wine in the Ancient Mediterranean
Article by Mark Cartwright

Wine in the Ancient Mediterranean

Wine was the most popular manufactured drink in the ancient Mediterranean. With a rich mythology, everyday consumption, and important role in rituals wine would spread via the colonization process to regions all around the Mediterranean coastal...