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  1. Aurelia

    New History Books (January 2015)

    Happy New Year everyone! Please see below the first releases of 2015. Darius in the Shadow of Alexander Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea The Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians: 1: Surgery, Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Pediatrics Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World State Power in Ancient China and Rome Economic Equality and Direct Democracy in Ancient Athens Sexing the World: Grammatical Gender and Biological Sex in Ancient Rome Roman Helmets The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day
  2. Aurelia

    New History Books (December 2014)

    And here we are again, this time with the December releases! Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero Cataclysm 90 BC: The forgotten war that almost destroyed Rome Xerxes: King of Kings': The True Story Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short Introduction The Quest for the Historical Israel: Debating Archaeology and the History of Early Israel Life in Ancient Rome: People & Places Documents of Judean Exiles and West Semites in Babylonia in the Collection of David Sofer Rome Versus Carthage: The War at Sea An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt The Tombs of Pompeii: Organization, Space, and Society Ancient Corinth: A Guide to the Site and Museum Caesar's Heirs: Wolves in the Forum
  3. Aurelia

    New History Books (October 2014)

    Here are some of the highlights for October! Marcus Agrippa: Right-hand man of Caesar Augustus The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt Secret Chamber Revisited: The Quest for the Lost Knowledge of Ancient Egypt Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca The Roman Army: A History 753 BC - AD 476 Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Romans but Were Afraid to Ask The Inner Lives of Ancient Houses: An Archaeology of Dura-Europos The Fragmentary History of Priscus: Attila, the Huns and the Roman Empire, AD 430-476 (Christian Roman Empire)
  4. Aurelia

    Funny ancient history books

    Most of the discussions and reviews on UNRV deal with serious and/or scholarly topics. After posting the list of July book releases yesterday, I thought I'd post an alternative list of titles focusing on more humorous aspects of ancient and Roman history. These are not necessarily recent releases but a more general compilation (also, some of the titles may have already been reviewed). Enjoy and feel free to share further suggestions below! Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up by Mary Beard Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire: Terrors and Torments, Diseases and Deaths by Terry Deary The Bloody Funny History of Rome by Brett A. Clark Stupid Ancient History by Leland Gregory The Classical Compendium: A Miscellany of Scandalous Gossip, Bawdy Jokes, Peculiar Facts, and Bad Behavior from the Ancient Greeks and Romans by Philip Matyszak Rome, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the First Multinational Corporation (Enterprise) by Stanley Bing The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World by Vicki León Working IX to V: Orgy Planners, Funeral Clowns, and Other Prized Professions of the Ancient World by Vicki León How to Mellify A Corpse: And Other Human Stories of Ancient Science & Superstition by Vicki León Uppity Women of Ancient Times by Vicki León The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games by Tony Perrottet Pagan Holiday: On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists by Tony Perrottet The World's Oldest Joke Book: Hundreds of Hilariously Terrible Ancient Jokes by Dan Crompton
  5. Aurelia

    New History Books (September 2014)

    Here is a selection of new book releases for September! The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World The Rise of the Seleukid Empire (323-223 BC): Seleukos I to Seleukos III Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Homer on the Gods and Human Virtue: Creating the Foundations of Classical Civilization Why America Is Not a New Rome Life in a Roman Legionary Fortress Jewish War under Trajan and Hadrian A History of the Later Roman Empire, AD 284-641 (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) The Roman Guide to Slave Management: A Treatise by Nobleman Marcus Sidonius Falx Assyria to Iberia: at the Dawn of the Classical Age (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  6. If you want to make a serious study of Greek warfare, these are the five books I would recommend that you give a look. Now, at the outset, I have to make clear that I am clearly biased when it comes to my own ideas as regards Greek warfare and the kind of authors/books that I would recommend. For example, I have serious reservations with the whole notion of Greek warfare somehow being the foundation for "Western warfare", as I have explained in a few blog posts, as well as my first book, recent lecturs, etc. As a result, you won't find me recommending books like Hanson's The Western Way of War, or Paul Cartledge's recent abortion on Plataea. What I will recommend, however, are authors that offer a good overview of Greek warfare and who also manage to set their ideas against the backdrop of current debates in academia. You may disagree with them, but at least they make clear what they think, why think this, and who they agree or disagree with. In other words, the books listed below are useful not just because they offer overviews of Greek warfare, but also because they provide a context for their ideas and are thus a suitable jumping off point for your own studies, with plenty of references. J.E. Lendon, Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Antiquity (2005) I cheat a little bit, since Lendon's book deals with both Greek and Roman warfare. However, the reason for this is Lendon's idea that Homer's shadow loomed large across the military traditions of Greece and Rome, and that they can thus be viewed as part of a continuum of sorts. The book is well written and has plenty of references. What takes the book to the next level, however, are the bibliographic notes (starting at page 393). If you don't know anything about the study of ancient warfare, start reading here, and Lendon'll get you up to speed over the course of a little under 50 pages. Hans van Wees, Greek Warfare: Myths and Realities (2004) Hans van Wees is probably best known for his PhD thesis, Status Warriors: War, Violence, and Society in Homer and History (published in 1992), but this book represents the results of two decades' worth of study. It serves as a counterpoint to Hanson's Western Way of War, but also builds on Van Wees's earlier work. Lendon's book is very much based on ancient texts. Van Wees is also a historian, but adds insights gleaned from archaeological and iconographic sources (not always completely successful, I think, but my quibbles are minor), and also manages to make some ethnographic comparisons that are interesting. Written in a pleasant style and with plenty of pictures, this is a good book to have on your shelf. Louis Rawlings, The Ancient Greeks at War (2007) Both Lendon and Van Wees have written their books with very specific ideas about Classical warfare in mind, often set specifically against particular academic debates. If you are looking for a more straightforward introduction to ancient Greek warfare, I think this book by Louis Rawlings would be the perfect starting point. The chapters are arranged according to theme, allowing you to get to grips instantly with regard to, for example, the connections between warfare and economy in ancient Greece. Victor Davis Hanson (ed.), Hoplites: The Classical Greek Battle Experience (1991) You probably never expected me to recommend any book by Hanson, but this edited volume actually isn't that bad, all in all. Of course, it does include Hanson's rather idiosyncratic notions as regards Greek warfare being the ancestor of modern warfare in the West, but it also contains some interesting contributions by the likes of J.K. Anderson, Everett Wheeler, Peter Krentz, and others. Pamela Vaugh's paper on the identification and retrieval of corpses from the battlefield is certainly interesting, as is Krentz's treatment of the salpinx, and A.H. Jackson's paper on the dedication of arms and armour. The collection as a whole is certainly worth giving a read and the extensive notes make it useful as a jumping-off point for further study. Anthony Snodgrass, Arms and Armour of the Greeks (1999, revised; 1967) Snodgrass's PhD thesis, Early Greek Armour and Weapons (1964), was the basis for this booklet that deals with Greek warfare from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. It is outdated in some respects, but there haven't really been any books in recent years that try to deal as fully with the archaeological material as Snodgrass has. This is what makes this book important: the fact that it's written by an archaeologist rather than a historian, and thus devotes more time to a fuller treatment of the relevant objects. If I'm allowed to cheat a little bit, Tim Everson's Warfare in Ancient Greece (2004), does a decent job of updating Snodgrass's original PhD thesis and you should probably try to get a copy of that work, too. Despite active interest in Greek warfare, there hasn't been a book that really deals equally with both the historical and the archaeological data for the period as a whole. Publications on Greek warfare, especially more general treatments, are almost invariably written by ancient historians. Archaeologists on the whole seem more content to produce catalogues and similar treatments of the material, usually letting historians – who are typically not trained in the proper interpretation of material remains – to tell the grand narratives. As a result, there is still that one great book on ancient Greek warfare left to write, preferably by a more rounded scholar or, indeed, a team consisting of at least one historian and one archaeologist.
  7. Aurelia

    New History Books (August 2014)

    Some exciting new releases for August (and end of July)! Alesia 52 BC: The final struggle for Gaul Augustus: First Emperor of Rome Military History of Late Rome 284-361 Turia: A Roman Woman's Civil War AD69: Emperors, Armies and Anarchy Social Networks and Regional Identity in Bronze Age Italy The Ancient Middle Classes: Urban Life and Aesthetics in the Roman Empire, 100 BCE-250 CE History of the Roman Republic (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) The Romans and their World: A Short Introduction Building for Eternity: the History and Technology of Roman Concrete Engineering in the Sea Remembering the Roman Republic: Culture, Politics and History under the Principate
  8. Aurelia

    New History Books (July 2014)

    Below are the new releases for July! Rome: A Brief History of an Ancient Empire Legions in Crisis: Transformation of the Roman Soldier AD 192-284 The Epigraphy and History of Boeotia: New Finds, New Prospects Marcus Aurelius in the Historia Augusta and Beyond The Creation of the Roman Frontier Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic The Etruscans: A Very Short Introduction
  9. treviss

    Aphrodisias

    Hi, I am a new one here, and I apologize form my english, because I am not british. I have some questions to classical archeologists. I am preparing the report about the reliefs of Aphrodisias, and i have some troubles with that. On the picture below, there is an emperor, but which one? Is it August or Claudius, and why? My second question is about the books. Do you know any opportunities to get these books on PDF? J.Reynolds, Aphrodisias and Rome K.Erim Aphrodisias: City of Venus Aphrodite
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