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Experiencing Pain in Imperial Greek Culture by Daniel (Leventis Lecturer in the Impact of Greek Culture, University of Exeter) King Experiencing Pain in Imperial Greek Culture
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Traditional accounts of ancient pain tend to focus either on philosophical or medical theories of pain or on Christian notions of suffering: this volume moves beyond these approaches to argue that pain in Imperial Greek culture was not a narrow...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017

Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World by Andrew (Professor of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire, University of Oxford) Wilson Trade, Commerce, and the State in the Roman World
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In this volume, papers by leading Roman historians and archaeologists discuss trade within the Roman Empire and beyond its frontiers between c.100 BC and AD 350, and the role of the state in shaping the institutional framework for trade. Documentary,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/11/2017

Losing One's Head in the Ancient Near East Interpretation and Meaning of Decapitation by Rita Dolce Losing One's Head in the Ancient Near East Interpretation and Meaning of Decapitation

This volume explores representations of decapitation in both texts and images in a trans-chronological perspective that aims to highlight a number of conditions, relations and meanings of this specific act in times of war, recognizing the severed head as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/11/2017

Style and Reasoning in the Hippocratic Corpus by James Cross Style and Reasoning in the Hippocratic Corpus

This book offers a fresh examination of the experimental nature of persuasion in the ancient Greek Hippocratic medical treatises, which are among the first examples of 'scientific' explanatory writing composed for oral dissemination in an age in which there are...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2017

Ancient Egypt Anatomy of a Civilization by Barry Kemp Ancient Egypt Anatomy of a Civilization

This new edition of Barry J. Kemp's popular text, now revised to include the latest developments in the field, presents a compelling reassessment of what gave ancient Egypt its distinctive and enduring characteristics. Ranging across Ancient Egyptian material culture, social...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/11/2017

Ancient Egypt Anatomy of a Civilization by Barry Kemp Ancient Egypt Anatomy of a Civilization

This new edition of Barry J. Kemp's popular text, now revised to include the latest developments in the field, presents a compelling reassessment of what gave ancient Egypt its distinctive and enduring characteristics. Ranging across Ancient Egyptian material culture, social...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/11/2017

Greek Historical Inscriptions 478-404 BC by Robin (Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge) Osborne Greek Historical Inscriptions 478-404 BC
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This volume is a companion to the editors' Greek Historical Inscriptions, 404-323 BC. It presents a selection of important Greek inscriptions from the fifth century BC alongside English translations, commentaries, and photographs in an accessible reference text for scholars and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

A Short History of the Ancient World by Nicholas K. Rauh, Heidi E. Kraus, John C. Hill A Short History of the Ancient World
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A Short History of the Ancient World examines the emergence of urban civilizations on the continents of Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

Rome and Persia at War and Peace Competition and Contact in the Near East, 193 to 363 by Peter Edwell Rome and Persia at War and Peace Competition and Contact in the Near East, 193 to 363

During the third and fourth centuries AD military conflict between the Roman and Persian Empires was at a level and depth not seen during the Parthian period. At the same time contact between the two empires increased markedly, and contributed...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

Sociological Studies in Roman History by Keith Hopkins Sociological Studies in Roman History

Collected essays by Cambridge sociologist Keith Hopkins - one of the most radical, innovative and influential Roman historians of his generation.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Women's Writing of Ancient Mesopotamia An Anthology of the Earliest Female Authors by Charles (Houston Baptist University) Halton Women's Writing of Ancient Mesopotamia An Anthology of the Earliest Female Authors

This anthology translates and discusses texts authored by women of ancient Mesopotamia.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Sino-Iranica: China and Ancient Iran Commodities and Cultural Exchange from 1000BC to Medieval Times by Berthold Laufer, Brian Spooner Sino-Iranica: China and Ancient Iran Commodities and Cultural Exchange from 1000BC to Medieval Times
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In this major study - regarded as his most important work - the pioneering anthropologist, Berthold Laufer documents the cultural transfers that took place between China and Iran in ancient times.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2017

Greek Taktika: Ancient Military Writing and its Heritage Proceedings of the International Conference on Greek Taktika held at the University of Torun, 7-11 April 2005 by Dr. Philip Rance Greek Taktika: Ancient Military Writing and its Heritage Proceedings of the International Conference on Greek Taktika held at the University of Torun, 7-11 April 2005

Following an extensive introduction by Philip Rance, which surveys the historical development of ancient Greek military writing and the evolution of modern scholarship on this literary tradition, this book presents 15 papers given at a conference devoted to Greek taktika,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/10/2017

Rome A Brief History of an Ancient Empire by Arcangelo Mafrica Rome A Brief History of an Ancient Empire


Format: Paperback - Released: 28/10/2017

Along Prehistoric Lines Neolithic, Iron Age and Romano-British activity at the former MOD Headquarters, Durrington, Wiltshire by Steve Thompson, Andrew Powell Along Prehistoric Lines Neolithic, Iron Age and Romano-British activity at the former MOD Headquarters, Durrington, Wiltshire
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Format: Paperback - Released: 28/10/2017

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Communities in Transition The Circum-Aegean Area in the 5th and 4th Millennia BC by Soren Dietz Communities in Transition The Circum-Aegean Area in the 5th and 4th Millennia BC

This volume presents a tour de force examination of many multifaceted aspects of the social, cultural, technological, economic and ideological transformations that mark the transition from Neolithic to Early Bronze Age societies in the lands around the Aegean during the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/11/2017

House of the Surgeon, Pompeii Excavations in the Casa del Chirurgo (VI 1, 9-10.23) by Michael Anderson House of the Surgeon, Pompeii Excavations in the Casa del Chirurgo (VI 1, 9-10.23)

The first major publication of one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most important sub-surface, pre-79 AD excavations ever to have been undertaken at Pompeii. This volume concerns the House of the Surgeon and sheds light on the history of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/11/2017

Rome, Blood and Politics Reform, Murder and Popular Politics in the Late Republic by Gareth C. Sampson Rome, Blood and Politics Reform, Murder and Popular Politics in the Late Republic

Examines the political struggles that tore apart the Roman Republic and set the stage for the rise of the first Emperor.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

The The Sheep People The Ontology of Making Lives, Building Homes and Forging Herds in Early Bronze Age Norway by Kristin Armstrong Oma The The Sheep People The Ontology of Making Lives, Building Homes and Forging Herds in Early Bronze Age Norway

The overarching aim of The Sheep People is to examine what happens to the understanding of past societies when animals are perceived as sentient beings, agents with the ability to impact human lives.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/12/2017

The Dawn of Tibet The Ancient Civilization on the Roof of the World by John Vincent Bellezza The Dawn of Tibet The Ancient Civilization on the Roof of the World

This groundbreaking book reveals the existence of an advanced civilization where none was known before, presenting an entirely new perspective on the culture and history of Tibet. Following clues in ancient texts most considered myth, John Vincent Bellezza treks to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/12/2017

In Search of the Phoenicians by Josephine Quinn In Search of the Phoenicians

Who were the ancient Phoenicians, and did they actually exist? The Phoenicians traveled the Mediterranean long before the Greeks and Romans, trading, establishing settlements, and refining the art of navigation. But who these legendary sailors really were has long remained...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/12/2017

Caesar's Footprints A Cultural Excursion to Ancient France: Journeys Through Roman Gaul by Bijan (Eton College) Omrani Caesar's Footprints A Cultural Excursion to Ancient France: Journeys Through Roman Gaul


Format: Hardback - Released: 05/12/2017

On the Edge of the Empires Interactions and Confrontations in North Mesopotamia During the Roman Period by Rocco Palermo On the Edge of the Empires Interactions and Confrontations in North Mesopotamia During the Roman Period

In antiquity, North Mesopotamia was the centre of the confrontation between different imperial entities. Rome, the Parthians, the Sasanians and the nomads of the region were all agents of a complex series of dynamics that impacted on the area: Rome...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/12/2017

Mediterranean Timescapes A Geography of Age in the Roman Empire by Ray Laurence, Francesco Trifilo Mediterranean Timescapes A Geography of Age in the Roman Empire
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This book, built around the study of the representation of age and identity in 23,000 Latin funerary epitaphs from the Western Mediterranean in the Roman era, will set out how the use of age in epitaphs and, thus, also time,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/12/2017

Roman Error Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws by Basil (Associate Professor of Greek and Latin, University of Michigan) Dufallo Roman Error Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws
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In the eyes of posterity, ancient Rome is deeply flawed; yet its faults have not only provoked censure but also inspired wayward and novel forms of thought and representation. This volume is the first to examine this phenomenon in depth,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/12/2017

Security in Roman Times Italy, Rome and the Emperors by Cecilia Ricci Security in Roman Times Italy, Rome and the Emperors

Using literary, epigraphic, numismatic and iconographic sources this book investigates the safety devices that were in place for the protection of the emperor and the city of Rome in the imperial age. In the aftermath of the civil wars Augustus...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/12/2017

Cleopatra Fact and Fiction by Barbara Watterson Cleopatra Fact and Fiction

A new examination of one of the greatest romantic figures in history, tracing the legend and equally extraordinary reality: 'Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety' (Shakespeare).
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/12/2017

Chasing Chariots Proceedings of the first international Chariot Conference (Cairo 2012) by Andre J. Veldmeijer Chasing Chariots Proceedings of the first international Chariot Conference (Cairo 2012)


Format: Hardback - Released: 28/12/2017

OCR Ancient History AS and A Level Component 2 Rome by Robert (Wellington College, UK) Cromarty, James (Saint Felix School, Southwold, UK) Harrison, Steve (Royal Grammar Sc Matthews OCR Ancient History AS and A Level Component 2 Rome
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This textbook supports the specification for AS and A-Level Ancient History (first teaching September 2017). It covers the whole of Component 2, both the compulsory Period Study and the three optional Depth Studies: Period Study: The Julio-Claudian Emperors, 31 BC-AD...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/12/2017

Troy, Carthage and the Victorians The Drama of Classical Ruins in the Nineteenth-Century Imagination by Rachel (University of Durham) Bryant Davies Troy, Carthage and the Victorians The Drama of Classical Ruins in the Nineteenth-Century Imagination

Playful, popular visions of ruined cities demonstrate antiquity's starring role in nineteenth-century culture, developing new models for understanding classical reception.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2017

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Managing Financial Resources in Late Antiquity Greek Fathers' Views on Hoarding and Saving by Gerasimos Merianos, George Gotsis Managing Financial Resources in Late Antiquity Greek Fathers' Views on Hoarding and Saving
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This book examines the views of Greek Church Fathers on hoarding, saving, and management of economic surplus, and their development primarily in urban centres of the Eastern Mediterranean, from the late first to the fifth century.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/10/2017

Rome, Empire of Plunder The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation by Matthew (University of Nebraska, Lincoln) Loar Rome, Empire of Plunder The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation
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An interdisciplinary exploration of Roman cultural appropriation, offering new insights into the processes through which Rome made and remade itself.
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

The Religious Worlds of the Laity in Late Antique Gaul by Lisa Kaaren Bailey The Religious Worlds of the Laity in Late Antique Gaul

Christianity in the late antique world was not imposed but embraced, and the laity were not passive members of their religion but had a central role in its creation. This volume explores the role of the laity in Gaul, bringing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/10/2017

A Historical and Topographical Guide to the Geography of Strabo by Duane W. (Ohio State University) Roller A Historical and Topographical Guide to the Geography of Strabo

The first English commentary on Strabo's seventeen-book Geography, the single most important source for the history of Greek geography.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/10/2017

By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean The Birth of Eurasia by Barry (Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford) Cunliffe By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean The Birth of Eurasia
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The story of the peoples of Eurasia, from the birth of farming to the expansion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century. An immense historical panorama set on a huge continental stage, this is also the story of how humans...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/10/2017

Land and Taxes in Ptolemaic Egypt An Edition, Translation and Commentary for the Edfu Land Survey (P. Haun. IV 70) by Thorolf (University of Cambridge) Christensen Land and Taxes in Ptolemaic Egypt An Edition, Translation and Commentary for the Edfu Land Survey (P. Haun. IV 70)

This edition of a Greek papyrus land survey presents a detailed picture of landholding in Upper Egypt under the Ptolemies.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

On the Ocean The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from prehistory to AD 1500 by Sir Barry (Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford) Cunliffe On the Ocean The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from prehistory to AD 1500
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The story of the contest between humans and the sea, played out in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic from early prehistory until AD 1500.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

Movement, Exchange and Identity in Europe in the 2nd and 1st Millennia BC Beyond Frontiers by Anne Lehoerff Movement, Exchange and Identity in Europe in the 2nd and 1st Millennia BC Beyond Frontiers

Brings together leading scholars from the UK and northern Europe in a thought-provoking and revealing new examination of the relationship between communities in the `Transmanche Zone' in the Bronze and Iron Ages.
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/10/2017

Eurasian Empires in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Contact and Exchange between the Graeco-Roman World, Inner Asia and China by Hyun Jin (University of Melbourne) Kim Eurasian Empires in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages Contact and Exchange between the Graeco-Roman World, Inner Asia and China

A comparative and interdisciplinary study of ancient and medieval Eurasian empires using historical, philological and archaeological evidence.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

24 Hours in Ancient Rome A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There by Philip Matyszak 24 Hours in Ancient Rome A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There

Discover what life in Ancient Rome was really like as we meet 24 different characters - from emperor to slave girl, gladiator to astrologer, medicine woman to water-clock maker - in 24 hours.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts by T. M. (Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Huron University College, University of Western Ontario) Lemos Violence and Personhood in Ancient Israel and Comparative Contexts
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In this compelling work, T. M. Lemos explores the close relationship that existed in ancient Israel between violence and personhood. Lemos argues that physical violence was paramount to the construction of a specific type of personhood in this society.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Power, Patronage, and Memory in Early Islam by Alain George Power, Patronage, and Memory in Early Islam

When the Umayyads, the first Islamic dynasty, rose to power shortly after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (d. 632), the polity of which they assumed control had only recently expanded out of Arabia into the Roman eastern Mediterranean, Iraq...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2017

The Etruscans by Lucy Shipley The Etruscans

This is a new history of the Etruscans, a powerful and influential civilization in ancient Italy who are often thought of as mysterious and unknowable. Covering colonialism and conquest, misogyny and mystique, Etruscan history is woven with the very latest...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Crisis of Empire Doctrine and Dissent at the End of Late Antiquity by Phil Booth Crisis of Empire Doctrine and Dissent at the End of Late Antiquity

This book focuses on the attempts of three ascetics--John Moschus, Sophronius of Jerusalem, and Maximus Confessor--to determine the Church's power and place during a period of profound crisis, as the eastern Roman empire suffered serious reversals in the face of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Stonehenge The story so far by Julian Richards Stonehenge The story so far

The story that is told here is right up to date, including the results of the latest investigations in the landscape in 2016.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

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