Ancient Greece History
Xerxes Invades Greece
Paperback ISBN: 0141026308
When Xerxes, King of Persia, crosses the Hellespont at the head of a formidable army, it seems inevitable that Greece will be crushed beneath its might. But, the Greeks are far harder to defeat than he could ever have imagined. As storms lash the Persian ships, and sinister omens predict a cruel fate for the expedition, Xerxes strives onward.
Plato's Euthyphro & Clitophon
Paperback ISBN: 1585100595
A Greek language reader with extensive commentary in English; it is an ideal introduction to Plato and Greek prose. The Greek is clear and easy to follow but not overly simple, with word-by-word, line-by-line commentary including grammar help and explanation.
The Wooden Horse
The Liberation of the Western Mind from Odysseus to Socrates
Paperback ISBN: 1590200411
The internationally recognized magisterial history that traces the development of modern Western thought to its origins in Ancient Greek literature What is the foundation of the Western world's conceptions of society, philosophy, and literature? By tracing the processes by which consciousness evolved from its roots in the mother cults of Ancient Greece, world-renowned historian Keld Zerunieth seeks out the answer-his conclusion is the groundbreaking The Wooden Horse. By examining Homer's great epic poems, The Illiad and The Odyssey, Zeruneith explores this fundamental paradigm shift, which constituted nothing less than the liberation of the modern mind, providing startlingly original insight into the psychological forces behind the genesis of European and American culture.
The Battle That Changed the World
Hardcover ISBN: 1585675660
A dramatic account of the 480 BC battle between the Persian forces of King Xerxes and the Spartans under King Leonidas links the battle's events and outcome to today's world, explaining how the invasion of Europe redefined international culture and class organization.
A History of Food and Gastronomy in Greece
Hardcover ISBN: 0415116201
Cheese, wine, honey and olive oil - four of Greece's best known contributions to culinary culture - were already well known four thousand years ago. Remains of honeycombs and of cheeses have been found under the volcanic ash of the Santorini eruption of 1627 BC. Over the millennia, Greek food diversified and absorbed neighbouring traditions, yet retained its own distinctive character. In Siren Feasts, Andrew Dalby provides the first serious social history of Greek food. He begins with the tunny fishers of the neolithic age, and traces the story through the repertoire of classical Greece, the reputations of Lydia for luxury and of Sicily and South Italy for sybaritism, to the Imperial synthesis of varying traditions, with a look forward to the Byzantine cuisine and the development of the modern Greek menu. The apples of the Hesperides turn out to be lemons, and great favour attaches to Byzantine biscuits. Fully documented and comprehensively illustrated, scholarly yet immensely readable, Siren Feasts demonstrates the social construction placed upon different types of food at different periods (was fish a luxury item in classical Athens, though disdained by Homeric heroes?). It places diet in an economic and agricultural context; and it provides a history of mentalities in relation to a subject which no human being can ignore.
The Law of Athens
The Family and Property
Paperback ISBN: 0872204103
Volume I, completed in 1968, gives a systematic account of classical Athenian law concerning family and property. Volume II, on the law of obligations and of procedure, was unfinished at the time of the author
Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and the Holy Goddesses
Paperback ISBN: 0299315649
This trilogy of Greek tragedies catches everyone in a bloody net of murder and vengeance, until the goddess Athena establishes the rule of law. An important historical document as well as gripping entertainment, The Oresteia comes to vivid life in this fluid verse translation in accessible modern English.
The Parthenon Enigma
Hardcover ISBN: 030759338x
A revolutionary new understanding of the most famous and influential building in the world, a thesis that calls into question our basic understanding of the ancient civilization that we most identify with. For more than two millennia, the Parthenon has been revered as the symbol of Western culture, the epitome of the ancient society from which we derive our highest ideals. It was understood to honor the city-state's patron deity Athena, and its intricately sculpted surface believed to depict a celebration of civic continuity in the birthplace of democracy. But through a close reading of a lost play by Euripides, accidentally discovered on a papyrus wrapping an Egyptian mummy, Joan Connelly began to develop a new theory that has sparked one of the fiercest controversies ever to rock the world of classics. Now, she recounts how our most basic sense of the Parthenon and of the culture that built it may have been crucially mistaken. Re-creating the ancient structure from its natural environment to its pediment, and using a breathtaking range of textual and visual evidence, she uncovers a monument glorifying human sacrifice set in a world of cult rituals quite unlike anything conventionally conjured by the word "Athenian."