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Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
Book Review by Edith Hall

Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

Edith Hall has a very interesting approach to providing an overview of Ancient Greek history and culture. Rather than a simple linear narrative, Hall presents the reader with something altogether more playful. In her Introduction, she sets...
A Companion to the Classical Greek World
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

A Companion to the Classical Greek World

An excellent and comprehensive overview of the Greek world from the early 5th to late 4th century  BCE. Divided into 27 chapters, each written by an expert in the field, all the major themes of Classical Greece are covered: politics...
Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations
Book Review by Mary Beard

Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations

It feels slightly ironic to be writing a review of a book that is essentially a collection of reviews. As Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Mary Beard draws on the wealth of material at her disposal to give her readers a snapshot...
Women at War in the Classical World
Book Review by Paul Chrystal

Women at War in the Classical World

Classical history tends to focus on the big-ticket war stories: Hannibal crossing the Alps, Alexander conquering Persia, Achilles and Hector’s final epic battle at Troy or Caesar defeating the Gauls. War has historically been a man’s...
The Landmark Thucydides
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Landmark Thucydides

Covering the conflict between Sparta and Athens and their respective allies in the 5th century BCE this is a fascinating insight into ancient Greek politics, war and society in a crucial period of Greece's history.  Not only are...
Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World
Book Review by Arienne King

Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World

Sexuality and gender in Graeco-Roman antiquity has piqued the interest of historians in recent years. Unlike modern Western society, the lives of men and women were often separated into different social spheres in both public and private...
The Jericho River
Book Review by David W. Tollen

The Jericho River

As Jason Gallo travels in the Fore down the Jericho River, he looks for his missing father in places like Sumer, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and France. Through the descriptions of the various places and times in history, along with dialogue throughout...
The Culture of Athens
Book Review by Vic Kovacs

The Culture of Athens

Previously, I reviewed Vic Kovacs' Ancient Cultures and Civilizations, The Culture of Sparta. In this volume, Kovacs shifts from Sparta to Athens: Ancient Cultures and Civilizations: The Culture of Athens. Divided into five chapters...
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Book Review by Joshua J. Mark

Herodotus: The Histories

Herodotus: The Histories, translated by Robin Waterfield, is an excellent version of the famous work. As with all of Waterfield's translations, the prose is lively, easy to read, and instantly engaging. Some readers may be put off by...
Ancilla to Pre-Socratic Philosophers
Book Review by Joshua J. Mark

Ancilla to Pre-Socratic Philosophers

Kathleen Freeman was a writer who paid close attention to detail and was able to bring the past alive through her prose (as in her The Greek City States which is a personal favorite and highly recommended). In her Ancilla to Pre-Socratic...