Ancient History, General
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.
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria
Birthplace of the Modern World
Paperback ISBN: 0143112511
A history of the ancient city documents its period superiority as an archaeological and technological superpower, revealing how atomic theory, geometry, the steam engine, and other developments were initiated there while tracing the city's downfall and ultimate legacy to the modern world. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
Greece and the Hellenistic World
Paperback ISBN: 0192821652
From the epic poems of Homer to the glittering art and architecture of Greece's Golden Age to the influential Roman systems of law and leadership, the classical world has established the foundations of our culture, as well as many of its enduring achievements. Astonishingly in-depth in its coverage of the entire 1000-year history of the classical world and richly illustrated, The Oxford History of the Classical World offers the general reader the definitive companion to the Graeco-Roman world, its history, and its achievements. The first volume, Classical Greece and the Hellenistic World, covers the period from the eighth to first centuries B.C., a period unparalleled in history for its brilliance in literature, philosophy, and the visual arts. It also treats the Hellenization of the Middle East by the monarchies established in the area conquered by Alexander the Great. The second volume, Classical Rome, covers early Rome and Italy, the expansion of the Roman republic, the foundation of the Roman Empire by Augustus, its consolidation in the first two centuries A.D., and the later Empire and its influence on Western civilization. The editors--three eminent classicists, John Boardman, Jasper Griffin, and Oswyn Murray--intersperse chapters on political and social history with chapters on literature, philosophy, and the arts, and reinforce the historical framework with maps and chronological charts. The two volumes also contain bibliographies and a full index, as well as color plates, black and white illustrations, and maps integrated into the text. The contributors--thirty of the world's leading scholars--present the latest in modern scholarship through masterpieces of wit, brevity, and style. While concentrating on the aspects essential to understanding each period, they also focus on those elements of the classical world that remain of lasting importance and interest to readers today. Together, these volumes provide both a provocative and entertaining window into our past.
The Triumph of the Sea Gods
The War Against the Goddess Hidden in Homer's Tales
Paperback ISBN: 159477143x
"An investigation of the geographical incongruities in Homer's epics locates Troy on the coast of Iberia, in a conflict that changed history"--Provided by publisher.
The Oxford History of the Biblical World
Hardcover ISBN: 0195087070
Acclaimed by historians, an illustrated, chronological survey illuminates the history, art, architecture, languages, literatures, society and religion of Biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity and features two hundred photographs, maps, and a color insert. UP.
The Destruction of Atlantis
Compelling Evidence of the Sudden Fall of the Legendary Civilization
Paperback ISBN: 1591430194
All indigenous cultures share the myth of an ancient deluge. In The Destruction of Atlantis, author Frank Joseph links this worldwide cultural phenomenon to the story of the lost civilization of Atlantis. This comprehensive account combines 20 years of research with a stunning and imaginative portrait of a mighty empire corrupted by an overreaching lust for wealth and power, and offers an important lessonto our own materialistic civilization.
Orgy Planner Wanted
Odd Jobs and Curious Careers in the Ancient World
Hardcover ISBN: 1847240968
Describing various career options, this book focuses on a particular professional area from sex to showbiz, from cookery to slavery and from divination to hairdressing, looking at specific jobs in each category. It presents the stories of some jobholders the likes of Spurrina Vestricius, Publius and Lucius Sestius, and Paris.
Trade Paperback ISBN: 0712674969
An overview and detailed analysis of the ancient civilisations of the world, the first social structures where culture and religion were born. Cotterell deals with the complex relations that existed among the key peoples and events of Greece, Rome, Persia and India and contrasts these with China's relative geographical isolation.