Ancient History, General
Jesus, King Arthur, And the Journey of the Grail
The Secrets of the Sun Kings
Paperback ISBN: 1591430534
Maurice CotterellÂ follows the migration of the Celts 4,000 years ago from Asia, across Europe, to Ireland. His account of this epic journey together with his knowledge of the secret codes of the Celts help him to identify and locate the Holy Grail, the actual cup used by Christ and his disciples at the Last Supper.
Paperback ISBN: 0714846384
Although the Byzantine style was never widely popular, it was nevertheless important and influential. The legacy of Byzantium was interpreted in many different ways and used to promote different aims. Professor Bullen's original and pioneering interdisciplinary study presents the first coherent account of the varied manifestations of Byzantinism in Germany, Austria, France, Britain and America. The book is richly illustrated not only with original Byzantine models and the works they inspired, but also with reproductions from the finely illustrated publications that played an important role in their own right in promoting Byzantium as an ideal. Covering politics, religion and literature as well as the arts, this is an exemplary study in cultural history, providing real insight into the interplay of ideas and forms.
The Hindu Temple
Deification of Eroticism
Paperback ISBN: 0892818549
Danielou's masterpiece on the erotic nature of the sacred symbolism of the Hindu temple. â€¢ Includes stunning photographs from the major temple complexes of India.Â â€¢ By Alain Danielou, one of the greatest authorities on Hinduism. Ancient Indian architectural treatises state that a temple lacking erotic imagery would be ineffective and maleficent. The erotic statues and representations that cover the outer and inner walls of the Hindu temple serve both a magical and an instructional purpose. Through the power of the yantras--the magical diagrams created by the placement of the erotic imagery--the architect made the temple a faithful reflection of the divine. At the same time this imagery educated the faithful about the fundamental aspects of the Hindu religion, wherein the union of opposites in the sexual act is the perfect image of the creative principle, and erotic enjoyment is a reflection of divine bliss. Alain Danielou's masterpiece on the Hindu temple, now translated for the first time into English, provides a stunningly illustrated tour of the major temple complexes of India. The erotic sculptures that cover the walls of these temples are not merely symbolic portrayals of voluptuous acts but serve as profound reminders that man is closest to the divine during the instant of sexual transcendence.
Written in Bones
How Human Remains Unlock the Secrets of the Dead
Paperback ISBN: 1554079926
Presents case studies that examine how the discovery of bones have led to learning about the people and history of particular periods, including a review of the bog bodies in Europe and the destroyed civilization of Pompeii.
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.
The Bronze Age in Europe
Paperback ISBN: 0500301018
The discovery of Bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, was a remarkable technological development, permitting the casting of much stronger tools and weapons. In this text, the authors explore the story of the Bronze Age in Europe, tracing it back beyond the borders of history.
The Great Transformation
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Hardcover ISBN: 0375413170
Examines the origins of the religious traditions of the world during the ninth century B.C.E. in four distinct regions--Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece.
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.
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.