Ancient History, General
Antiquity and Its Legacy
Paperback ISBN: 0195380851
"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" is perhaps the most famous phrase of all in the American Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson's momentous words are closely related to the French concept of "libert égalité, fraternityé"; and both ideas incarnate a notion of freedom as inalienable human right that in the modern world we expect to take for granted. In the ancient world, by contrast, the concepts of freedom and equality had little purchase. Athenians, Spartans and Romans all possessed slaves or helots (unfree bondsmen), and society was unequal at every stratum. Why, then, if modern society abominates slavery, does what antiquity thought about serfdom matter today? Page duBois shows that slavery, far from being extinct, is alive and well in the contemporary era. Slaves are associated not just with the Colosseum of ancient Rome, and films depicting ancient slaves, but also with Californian labor factories and south Asian sweatshops, while young women and children appear increasingly vulnerable to sexual trafficking. Juxtaposing such modern experiences of bondage (economic or sexual) with slavery in antiquity, the author explores the writings on the subject of Aristotle, Plautus, Terence and Aristophanes. She also examines the case of Spartacus, famous leader of a Roman slave rebellion, and relates ancient notions of liberation to the all-too-common immigrant experience of enslavement to a globalized world of rampant corporatism and exploitative capitalism.
The Find of a Lifetime
Sir Arthur Evans and the Discovery of Knossos
Paperback ISBN: 1842122215
The obsessions of a dapper Victorian gentleman led to one of the most breathtaking discoveries in archeology: the Palace of Minos at Knossos. As the brilliant curator of the famed Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Sir Evans was already well known when, at 50, he embarked on his most celebrated role. Less than a month after the first spadeful of earth was turned on the site, he located a labyrinthine palace that clearly had been the seat of a fabulously wealthy and powerful culture. Here is the truth and the legend behind the momentous find.
Sophocles' Oedipus the King
Paperback ISBN: 1441198245
Described as the Mona Lisa of literature and the world's first detective story, Sophocles' Oedipus the King is a major text from the ancient Greek world and an iconic work of world literature. Aristotle's favourite play, lauded by him as the exemplary Athenian tragedy, Oedipus the King has retained its power both on and off the stage. Before Freud's famous interpretation of the play - an appropriation, some might say - Hölderlin and Nietzsche recognised its unique qualities. Its literary worth is undiminished, philosophers revel in its probing into issues of freedom and necessity and Lacan has ensured its vital significance for post-Freudian psychoanalysis. This Reader's Guide begins with Oedipus as a figure from Greek mythology before focusing on fifth-century Athenian tragedy and the meaning of the drama as it develops scene by scene on the stage. The book covers the afterlife of the play in depth and provides a comprehensive guide to further reading for students.
An Introduction to Their Culture
Paperback ISBN: 041512042x
A concise yet wide-ranging introduction to the culture of ancient Greece, The Greeks is a lucid survey that: * covers all the key elements of ancient Greek civilization from the age of Homer to the end of the classical period * provides detailed discussions of the main trends in literature and drama, philosophy, art and architecture * places ancient Greek culture firmly in its political and historical context. Including fourty-five illustrations, chronological chart, maps, and suggestions for further reading,The Greeks is an indispensable introduction for all students of classics, and an invaluable guide for students of other disciplines who require a grounding in Greek civilization.
Walking the Bible
A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses
Hardcover ISBN: 0380977753
From the mountain where Noah's ark landed to the site of the legendary burning bush, a ten-thousand-mile journey across the Middle East goes in search of the roots of the Bible to discover whether it was an abstraction or a living, breathing entity. 75,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0415253152
Gwendolyn Leick's approachable survey introduces the Babylonians, the people, the culture and the reality behind the popular myth of Babylon. Spanning some 1800 years in the history of the Babylonians, from the time of Hammurabi, famous for his Law-Code, to the time when Alexander's heirs ruled the Near East, Leick examines how archaeological discoveries and cuneiform tablets recovered from Babylonian cities allow us an impression of the Babylonian people and their society, their intellectual and spiritual preoccupations. Exploring the lives of kings and merchants, women and slaves, and the social, historical, geographical and cultural context in which their extraordinary civilization flourished for so many centuries, The Babylonians has provided scholars and students with a dazzling new insight into this fascinating world.
The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmaker Must Know
Paperback ISBN: 193290705x
Intended to help writers and directors exploit cinema's storytelling techniques. This book contains 100 non-dialog techniques that have been used by the industry's top writers and directors. From "Metropolis" and "Citizen Kane" to "Dead Man" and "Kill Bill", it illustrates how the inherent stortytelling devices specific to film were exploited.
In Pursuit of Ancient Pasts
A History of Classical Archaeology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Hardcover ISBN: 0300110979
The stories behind the acquisition of ancient antiquities are often as important as those that tell of their creation. This fascinating book provides a comprehensive account of the history and development of classical archaeology, explaining how and why artifacts have moved from foreign soil to collections around the world. As archaeologist Stephen Dyson shows, Greek and Roman archaeological study was closely intertwined with ideas about class and social structure; the rise of nationalism and later political ideologies such as fascism; and the physical and cultural development of most of the important art museums in Europe and the United States, whose prestige depended on their creation of collections of classical art. Accompanied by a discussion of the history of each of the major national traditions and their significant figures, this lively book shows how classical archaeology has influenced attitudes about areas as wide-ranging as tourism, nationalism, the role of the museum, and historicism in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.
Atlas of Holy Places and Sacred Sites
Hardcover ISBN: 0789410516
An extraordinary guide to the world's most intriguing and mystical religious places captures their myths, legends, and continued importance, while journeying to places such as the Egyptian pyramids, Mayan and Aztec sites, and the religious centers of Jerusalem and Mecca.