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Ancient history: to c 500 CE

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Quesna I Investigations in the Ptolemaic-Roman Cemetery 2006-2013

Quesna I Investigations in the Ptolemaic-Roman Cemetery 2006-2013

Author: Joanne Rowland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2020

Since 2006 investigations have been carried out in the Quesna necropolis by the team of the EES Minufiyeh Archaeological Survey. The publication Quesna I concerns the first element of work that has now been completed, the investigations in the Ptolemaic-Roman cemetery (2007-2013). It opens with a description of the whole site, including brief detail on all areas of investigation carried out and still ongoing, before proceeding to the main catalogue which includes information on each of the burials that has been excavated and analysed.

Ovid in Exile

Ovid in Exile

Author: Adrian Radulescu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Gladiator Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom

Gladiator Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom

Author: Ben Hubbard Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

When everyone had had plenty to eat and drink they called for the gladiators. The moment anyone's throat was cut, they clapped their hands in pleasure. And it sometimes even turned out that someone had specified in their will that the most beautiful women he had purchased were to fight each other.... - Athenaeus, The Learned Banqueters With their origins as blood rites staged at the funerals of rich aristocrats, gladiatorial combat is one of the defining images of ancient Rome. For more than 600 years, people flocked to arenas to watch these highly trained warriors participate in a blood-soaked spectacle that was part sport, part theatre and part cold-blooded murder. Gladiatorial contests were a spectacular dramatisation of the Roman emperor's formidable power. Gladiator looks at life and service in the Roman arenas from the origins of the games in the third century BCE through to the demise of the games in the fifth century CE. It explores the lives of the prisoners of war, criminals, slaves and volunteers who became gladiators, their training, and the more than 20 types of gladiator they could become, fighting with different types of weapons. From Spartacus's slave revolt to the real Emperor Commodus who liked to play at being a gladiator, from female gladiators to the great combats involving hundreds of exotic animals, Gladiator is a colourful, accessible study of the ancient world's famous warrior entertainers.

A Short History of Babylon

A Short History of Babylon

Author: Karen Radner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Much of our perception of Babylon in the West is filtered through the poignant echoes of loss and longing that resonate in the Hebrew Bible. The lamenting exiles of Judah craved a return to their lost homeland after the sack of Jerusalem in 587 BC and their forcible removal by Nebuchadnezzar to the alien floodlands of the Euphrates. But to see Babylon only as an adjunct to Old Testament history is misleading. A Short History of Babylon explores the ever-changing city that shaped world history for two millennia.

A Short History of Babylon

A Short History of Babylon

Author: Karen Radner Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2020

Much of our perception of Babylon in the West is filtered through the poignant echoes of loss and longing that resonate in the Hebrew Bible. The lamenting exiles of Judah craved a return to their lost homeland after the sack of Jerusalem in 587 BC and their forcible removal by Nebuchadnezzar to the alien floodlands of the Euphrates. But to see Babylon only as an adjunct to Old Testament history is misleading. A Short History of Babylon explores the ever-changing city that shaped world history for two millennia.

Herculaneum and the House of the Bicentenary - History and Heritage

Herculaneum and the House of the Bicentenary - History and Heritage

Author: Sarah Court, Leslie Rainer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2020

This volume vividly recounts, for general readers, the Roman town of Herculaneum, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE and uniquely preserved for nearly two thousand years. Initial chapters offer an engaging historical overview of the town during antiquity, including the riveting story of its rediscovery in the eighteenth century, excavation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and broad cultural significance in modern times. Subsequent chapters offer an interpretive tour of the ancient town, then focus on one of Herculaneum's grandest and most beautifully decorated private residences, known as the House of the Bicentenary. Located on the town's main street, it has a range of features-original rooms, magnificent wall paintings and mosaics, and remarkable documents-that illuminate daily life in the ancient world. Final chapters bring the story up to date, including recent discoveries about the site and its famous papyrus manuscripts, as well as ongoing conservation initiatives.

Espionage and Treason in Classical Greece Ancient Spies and Lies

Espionage and Treason in Classical Greece Ancient Spies and Lies

Author: Andre Gerolymatos Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2020

This history of ancient diplomacy demonstrates how the ancient Greeks used guest friendship as a mechanism of diplomacy. Ancient proxenio were the equivalent of contemporary consul generals and they served the same purposes. The proxenio conducted the diplomatic affairs of the state they represented and looked after the interests of the city state that had adopted them. In times of war the proxenio applied specialized forces such as cavalry and archers. They also maintained spies and supplied intelligence on the movements of fleets and armies.

The Founder of Manichaeism Rethinking the Life of Mani

The Founder of Manichaeism Rethinking the Life of Mani

Mani, a third-century preacher, healer and public sage from Sasanian Mesopotamia, lived at a pivotal time and place in the development of the major religions. He frequented the courts of the Persian Empire, debating with rivals from the Judaeo-Christian tradition, philosophers and gnostics, Zoroastrians from Iran and Buddhists from India. The community he founded spread from north Africa to south China and lasted for over a thousand years. Yet the genuine biography of its founder, his life and thought, was in good part lost until a series of spectacular discoveries have begun to transform our knowledge of Mani's crucial role in the spread of religious ideas and practices along the trade-routes of Eurasia. This book utilises the latest historical and textual research to examine how Mani was remembered by his followers, caricatured by his opponents, and has been invented and re-invented according to the vagaries of scholarly fashion.