This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, now covering the period 395-700 AD, provides both a detailed introduction to late antiquity and a direct challenge to conventional views of the end of the Roman empire. Leading scholar Averil Cameron focuses on th ...Show more
Category: Children Non-fiction | Reading Level: very good
The story of the Aztecs is fascinating and dramatic, from its mythic origins, rituals and ways of life to its tragic conquest. Accompanying the major new Te Papa exhibition, this accessible, colourful book tells that story, immersing readers in all the richness, splendour and mystery of the complex Azte ...Show more
Juvenal's Satires create a fascinating (and immediately familiar) world of whores, fortune-tellers, boozy politicians, slick lawyers, shameless sycophants, ageing flirts and downtrodden teachers Perhaps more than any other writer, Juvenal (c. 55-138 AD) captures the splendour, the squalor and the sheer ...Show more
Ammianus Marcellinus was the last great Roman historian, and his writings rank alongside those of Livy and Tacitus. The Later Roman Empire chronicles a period of twenty-five years during Marcellinus' own lifetime, covering the reigns of Constantius, Julian, Jovian, Valentinian I, and Valens, and providi ...Show more
In The Persian Expedition, Xenophon, a young Athenian noble who sought his destiny abroad, provides an enthralling eyewitness account of the attempt by a Greek mercenary army – the Ten Thousand – to help Prince Cyrus overthrow his brother and take the Persian throne. When the Greeks were the ...Show more
Xenophon's History recounts nearly fifty turbulent years of warfare in Greece between 411 and 362 BC. Continuing the story of the Peloponnesian War at the point where Thucydides finished his magisterial history, this is a fascinating chronicle of the conflicts that ultimately led to the decline of Greec ...Show more
Nine Greek biographies illustrate the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city's founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.
Translated by Rx Warner. Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the long life-and-death struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling its author's ambitious claim. Thucydides himself (c. 460-400 BC) was an Athenian and a ...Show more
Translated by Aubrey de Selincourt, revised by J. R. Hamilton. 'His passion was for glory only, and in that he was insatiable'Although written over four hundred years after Alexander's death, Arrian's Campaigns of Alexander is the most reliable account of the man and his achievements we have. Arrian's o ...Show more
Category: Ancient History | Reading Level: very good
This text explores the ancient cultures, from Mesopotamia, to Egypt, India, China and the Americas, looking at their character and continuing legacy. It addresses questions such as: what is civilization?; did it mean the same to the Chinese, Indians and Greeks?; and what can those values teach us?