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M.T. Cicero's Cato Major - or Discourse on Old Age (Paperback): Marcus Tullius Cicero M.T. Cicero's Cato Major - or Discourse on Old Age (Paperback)
Marcus Tullius Cicero
R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
A Human History of Emotion - How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know (Hardcover): Richard Firth-Godbehere A Human History of Emotion - How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know (Hardcover)
Richard Firth-Godbehere
R588 R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Save R90 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
History of Arabia Ancient and Modern - Containing a Description of the Country ... and a Comprehensive View of Its Natural... History of Arabia Ancient and Modern - Containing a Description of the Country ... and a Comprehensive View of Its Natural History: With a Map and 0 Engravings by Jackson (Paperback)
Andrew Crichton
R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
History of the Romans Under the Empire (Paperback): Charles Merivale History of the Romans Under the Empire (Paperback)
Charles Merivale
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The History of the Life of M. Tullius Cicero (Paperback): Conyers Middleton The History of the Life of M. Tullius Cicero (Paperback)
Conyers Middleton
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon - With Memoirs of His Life and Writings (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon - With Memoirs of His Life and Writings (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Life of Jesus (Paperback): Ernest Renan Life of Jesus (Paperback)
Ernest Renan
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R615 Discovery Miles 6 150 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Miscellaneous Translations from Oriental Languages (Paperback): Oriental Translation Fund Miscellaneous Translations from Oriental Languages (Paperback)
Oriental Translation Fund
R582 Discovery Miles 5 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The History of Ilium or Troy - Incl. the Adjacent Country, and the Opposite Coast of the Chersonesus of Thrace, by the Author... The History of Ilium or Troy - Incl. the Adjacent Country, and the Opposite Coast of the Chersonesus of Thrace, by the Author of Travels in Asia Minor and Greece (Paperback)
Richard Chandler
R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback): Edward Gibbon Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Paperback)
Edward Gibbon
R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Human Cosmos - Civilization and the Stars (Paperback): Jo Marchant The Human Cosmos - Civilization and the Stars (Paperback)
Jo Marchant
R385 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R56 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Athenian Adonia in Context - The Adonis Festival as Cultural Practice (Hardcover): Laurialan Reitzammer The Athenian Adonia in Context - The Adonis Festival as Cultural Practice (Hardcover)
Laurialan Reitzammer
R1,603 Discovery Miles 16 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ancient sources and modern scholars have often represented the Athenian festival of Adonis as a marginal and faintly ridiculous private women's ritual. Seeds were planted each year in pots and, once sprouted, carried to the rooftops, where women lamented the death of Aphrodite's youthful consort Adonis. Laurialan Reitzammer resourcefully examines a wide array of surviving evidence about the Adonia, arguing for its symbolic importance in fifth- and fourth-century Athenian culture as an occasion for gendered commentary on mainstream Athenian practices. Reitzammer uncovers correlations of the Adonia to Athenian wedding rituals and civic funeral oration and provides illuminating evidence that the festival was a significant cultural template for such diverse works as Aristophanes' drama Lysistrata and Plato's dialogue Phaedrus. Her fresh approach is a timely contribution to studies of the ways gender and sexuality intersect with religion and ritual in ancient Greece.

Athens - A History (Hardcover): Bruce Clark Athens - A History (Hardcover)
Bruce Clark
R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A sweeping history of Athens, telling the three-thousand-year story of the birthplace of Western civilization, from Runciman Award winner Bruce Clark 'A stunning retrospect and beautifully written overview of one of the world's greatest cities' Paul Cartledge 'Courageously grand in scale yet sensitive to the details that make Athens' extraordinary history come alive' Sofka Zinovieff 'Bruce Clark brings an eye for the quirky, human detail, a pithy turn of phrase, and an affection for his subject honed over many decades' Roderick Beaton Dominated by the pillars and pediments of the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom, the ancient Greek city of Athens is for many synonymous with civilization itself. Athens: City of Wisdom tells the tale of a city that occupies a unique place in the cultural memory of the West. Each of the book's twenty-one chapters focuses on a critical 'moment' in the city's long history, from the reforms of the lawmaker Solon in the sixth century BCE to the travails of early twenty-first-century Athens, as a rapidly expanding city struggles with the legacy of a global economic crisis. Bruce Clark has a rich and revealing sequence of stories to tell - not only of the familiar golden age of Classical Athens, of the removal from the Acropolis of the Parthenon marbles by agents of the 7th Earl of Elgin in the early nineteenth century, or of the holding of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896; but also of the less feted later years of antiquity, when St Paul preached on the Areopagus and neo Platonists refounded the Academy that Sulla's legions had desecrated. He also delves into Athens' forgotten medieval centuries, unearthing jewels gleaming in the Byzantine twilight, and tales of Christian fortitude and erratic Turkish governance from the four centuries of Ottoman rule that followed. Few places have enjoyed a history so rich in artistic creativity and the making of ideas as Athens; or one so curiously patterned by alternating cycles of turbulence and quietness. Writing with scholarly rigour and undisguised affection, Bruce Clark brings three thousand years of Athenian history vividly to life.

Cicero: Pro Milone (Paperback): Thomas J. Keeline Cicero: Pro Milone (Paperback)
Thomas J. Keeline
R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Pro Milone numbers among Cicero's most famous speeches. In it he defends his friend T. Annius Milo against the charge of murdering P. Clodius Pulcher, Cicero's own archenemy. Clodius' death, Milo's trial, and their aftermath consumed Roman public life in 52 BC, involving every major political figure of the day. Although Cicero's defense failed, the published speech remains one of his finest, a fascinating document from a turbulent time, full of interest both historical and rhetorical. This edition, aimed at students and scholars alike, provides readers with the help that they need to appreciate the speech as a literary masterpiece and a historical text. Including a comprehensive introduction and a newly constituted Latin text, it provides detailed treatment of Cicero's language, style, and rhetorical techniques, as well as full discussion of the historical background and the larger social and cultural issues relevant to the speech.

The Greeks - A Global History (Hardcover, Main): Prof Roderick Beaton The Greeks - A Global History (Hardcover, Main)
Prof Roderick Beaton
R670 R546 Discovery Miles 5 460 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'A wonderful book.' Peter Frankopan 'A masterpiece' Gregory Nagy, Harvard University 'Remarkable' Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules-For Now The way we think. The way we learn. The entertainment we seek. The way we are governed. It all began on the mountains and islands of Europe's southeastern edge, more than 3,000 years ago. The Greeks is the story of a culture that has contributed more than any other to the way we live now in the West. It is a story that travels the entire globe and four millennia, taking us from the archaeological treasures of the Bronze Age Aegean, myths of gods and heroes, to the politics of the European Union today. Here are the glories of the classical city-states of Athens and Sparta, the far-reaching conquests of Alexander the Great, the foundations of early Christianity, the thousand-year empire of the Byzantines, and the rediscoveries of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. It is a history of inventions, such as the alphabet, philosophy, and science -- but also of reinvention, as Greeks adapted to catastrophic change and found new ways to survive and make their mark on the world around them; not least today, across a diaspora spread over five continents. The product of a lifetime's research by one of the subject's most esteemed experts, this is the epic, revelatory story of the Greeks and their global impact, told as never before.

The ANCIENT PICTS OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS OF THE SEVENTH CENTURY (Paperback): Michael Sheane The ANCIENT PICTS OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS OF THE SEVENTH CENTURY (Paperback)
Michael Sheane
R129 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R9 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

In the final quarter of the seventh century the Picts were a vassal nation. Regular offerings of livestock, agricultural produce and other material resources were sent to their powerful neighbour to the south as tribute. The Romans had been unable to subdue them, but now they no longer seemed formidable. Even the way they practised their religion was being determined by outsiders. But in these dark days a king emerged who was to lead the Picts to a momentous victory, his triumph at the Battle of Dunnichen ranking as one of the great events of Scottish history.

The Destruction of Cities in the Ancient Greek World - Integrating the Archaeological and Literary Evidence (Hardcover):... The Destruction of Cities in the Ancient Greek World - Integrating the Archaeological and Literary Evidence (Hardcover)
Sylvian Fachard, Edward M. Harris
R2,053 R1,905 Discovery Miles 19 050 Save R148 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From the Trojan War to the sack of Rome, from the fall of Constantinople to the bombings of World War II and the recent devastation of Syrian towns, the destruction of cities and the slaughter of civilian populations are among the most dramatic events in world history. But how reliable are literary sources for these events? Did ancient authors exaggerate the scale of destruction to create sensational narratives? This volume reassesses the impact of physical destruction on ancient Greek cities and its demographic and economic implications. Addressing methodological issues of interpreting the archaeological evidence for destructions, the volume examines the evidence for the destruction, survival, and recovery of Greek cities. The studies, written by an international group of specialists in archaeology, ancient history, and numismatic, range from Sicily to Asia Minor and Aegean Thrace, and include Athens, Corinth, and Eretria. They highlight the resilience of ancient populations and the recovery of cities in the long term.

The Spartacus War (Paperback): Barry Strauss The Spartacus War (Paperback)
Barry Strauss
R369 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R52 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The Spartacus War" is the extraordinary story of the most famous slave rebellion in the ancient world, the fascinating true story behind a legend that has been the inspiration for novelists, filmmakers, and revolutionaries for 2,000 years. Starting with only seventy-four men, a gladiator named Spartacus incited a rebellion that threatened Rome itself. With his fellow gladiators, Spartacus built an army of 60,000 soldiers and controlled the southern Italian countryside. A charismatic leader, he used religion to win support. An ex-soldier in the Roman army, Spartacus excelled in combat. He defeated nine Roman armies and kept Rome at bay for two years before he was defeated. After his final battle, 6,000 of his followers were captured and crucified along Rome's main southern highway.

"The Spartacus War" is the dramatic and factual account of one of history's great rebellions. Spartacus was beaten by a Roman general, Crassus, who had learned how to defeat an insurgency. But the rebels were partly to blame for their failure. Their army was large and often undisciplined; the many ethnic groups within it frequently quarreled over leadership. No single leader, not even Spartacus, could keep them all in line. And when faced with a choice between escaping to freedom and looting, the rebels chose wealth over liberty, risking an eventual confrontation with Rome's most powerful forces.

The result of years of research, "The Spartacus War" is based not only on written documents but also on archaeological evidence, historical reconstruction, and the author's extensive travels in the Italian countryside that Spartacus once conquered.

The Roman Republic to 49 BCE - Using Coins as Sources (Paperback, New edition): Liv Mariah Yarrow The Roman Republic to 49 BCE - Using Coins as Sources (Paperback, New edition)
Liv Mariah Yarrow
R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The narrative of Roman history has been largely shaped by the surviving literary sources, augmented in places by material culture. The numerous surviving coins can, however, provide new information on the distant past. This accessible but authoritative guide introduces the student of ancient history to the various ways in which they can help us understand the history of the Roman republic, with fresh insights on early Roman-Italian relations, Roman imperialism, urban politics, constitutional history, the rise of powerful generals and much more. The text is accompanied by over 200 illustrations of coins, with detailed captions, as well as maps and diagrams so that it also functions as a sourcebook of the key coins every student of the period should know. Throughout, it demystifies the more technical aspects of the field of numismatics and ends with a how-to guide for further research for non-specialists.

At Home in Roman Egypt - A Social Archaeology (Hardcover): Anna Lucille Boozer At Home in Roman Egypt - A Social Archaeology (Hardcover)
Anna Lucille Boozer
R2,053 R1,905 Discovery Miles 19 050 Save R148 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

What was life like for ordinary people who lived in Roman Egypt? In this volume, Anna Lucille Boozer reconstructs and examines the everyday lives of non-elite individuals. It is the first book to bring a 'life course' approach to the study of Roman Egypt and Egyptology more generally. Based on evidence drawn from objects, portraits, and letters, she focuses on the quotidian details that were most meaningful to those who lived during the centuries of Roman occupation. Boozer explores these individuals through each phase of the life cycle - from conception, childbirth, childhood, and youth, to adulthood and old age - and focuses on essential themes such as religion, health, disability, death, and the afterlife. Illuminating the lives of people forgotten by most historians, her richly illustrated volume also shows how ordinary people experienced and enacted social and cultural change.

Elementary World History - You Report! (Teacher Guide) (Paperback): Randy Pratt Elementary World History - You Report! (Teacher Guide) (Paperback)
Randy Pratt
R575 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R110 (19%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
The Riddle of the Labyrinth - The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code (Paperback): Margalit Fox The Riddle of the Labyrinth - The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code (Paperback)
Margalit Fox
R364 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R52 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Riddle of the Labyrinth is the true story of the quest to solve one of the most mesmerizing linguistic riddles in history and of the three brilliant, obsessed, and ultimately doomed investigators whose combined work would eventually crack the code. An award-winning journalist trained as a linguist, Margalit Fox not only takes readers step-by-step through the forensic process involved in cracking an ancient secret code, she restores one of the primary investigators, Alice Kober, to her rightful place in what is one of the most remarkable intellectual detective stories of all time.

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