Ancient History

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  1. Book ImageMoral Values and Political Behaviour in Ancient Greece: From Homer to the End of the Fifth Century

    A. W H Adkins

    Greek society developed more rapidly than did its values or the presuppositions on which the values were based. By the end of the fifth century the Greeks faced serious problems, not because they had abandoned traditional values to which they needed to be recalled, but because they retained them in a situation far different from that in which the values had developed and were appropriate.More

  2. Book ImageAlberuni's India

    Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Biruni

    Alberuni's India is one of the greatest achievements of medieval scholarship. Not for nearly eight hundred years would any other writer match Alberuni's profound understanding of almost all aspects of Indian life.More

  3. Book ImageEmpires of the Indus: The Story of a River

    Alice Albinia

    “Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation. . . . A journey of astonishing confidence and courage.”—Rory StewartMore

  4. Book ImageThe Greeks

    Antony Andrewes

    “When so much of an ancient civilization—its art as well as its philosophy—is being used in contemporary ideas of thought and style, it becomes extremely difficult for the historian to disentangle the true past, to divest himself of all the inherited and acquired attitudes; indeed to see Greece as it really was has required the Herculean efforts of the last two generations of Greek scholars. . . .To get to the truth is not easy and the great virtue of Professor Andrewes’ book is the dedication with which he has pursued and captured it. Here is a more accurate legend-free reconstruction of Classical Greece than we have had before.” —J. H. PlumbMore

  5. Book ImageWomen's Work: The First 20,000 Years Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times

    Elizabeth Wayland Barber

    "A fascinating history of…[a craft] that preceded and made possible civilization itself." —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  6. Book ImageThe History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

    Susan Wise Bauer

    A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own.More

  7. Book ImageConfronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations

    Mary Beard

    A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, this is “the perfect introduction to classical studies, and deserves to become something of a standard work” (Observer).More

  8. Book ImageSPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

    Mary Beard

    New York Times Bestseller • National Book Critics Circle Finalist • Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2015 • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015 • Economist Books of the Year 2015 • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of 2015

    A sweeping, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" (Atlantic).More

  9. Book ImageRoman Britain and Early England: 55 B.C.-A.D. 871

    Peter Blair

    "An excellent introduction to an obscure and difficult period." —The EconomistMore

  10. Book ImageHebrew Thought Compared with Greek

    Thorleif Boman

    "Builds on the premise that language and thought are inevitably and inextricably bound up with each other. . . . A classic study of the differences between Greek and Hebrew thought."—John E. Rexrine, Colgate UniversityMore

  11. Book ImageThe World of Late Antiquity

    Peter Brown, Geoffrey Barraclough

    This remarkable study in social and cultural change explains how and why the Late Antique world, between c. 150 and c. 750 A.D., came to differ from "Classical civilization."More

  12. Book ImageThe Invasion of Europe by the Barbarians

    J. B. Bury

    The classic study of how the Roman Empire gradually succumbed to barbarian encroachment.More

  13. Book ImageThe Hellenistic Age: Aspects of Hellenistic Civilization

    E. A. Barber, Edwyn Bevan, J. B. Bury, Et Al.

    Four distinguished classical scholars write here on aspects of the Hellenistic Age, from the conquest of Alexander the Great down to Rome’s completion of her eastern conquests by the annexation of Egypt.More

  14. Book ImageEveryday Life in Babylon and Assyria

    G. Contenau

    “The author of this book is one of the leading Assyriologists of our time, and his mastery of his subject is evident throughout.” —Arnold Toynbee, The ObserverMore

  15. Book ImageThe Greek State

    Victor Ehrenberg

    “A classic among works of classical scholarship.” —Times Literary SupplementMore

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