By Christopher A. Faraone, David Dodd
Students of classical historical past and literature have for greater than a century approved `initiation' as a device for realizing numerous imprecise rituals and myths, starting from the traditional Greek marriage ceremony and adolescent haircutting rituals to initiatory motifs or constructions in Greek fable, comedy and tragedy.
In this books a world team of specialists together with Gloria Ferrari, Fritz Graf and Bruce Lincoln, critique lots of those prior reviews, and problem strongly the culture of privileging the idea that of initiation as a device for learning social performances and literary texts, within which adjustments in prestige or team club happen in strange methods. those new modes of study mark a massive turning aspect within the smooth examine of the faith and myths of old Greece and Rome, making this a beneficial assortment throughout a few classical topics.
By S.N. Jaffe
This paintings deals a brand new studying of Thucydides' recognized account of the origins of the Peloponnesian War.
summary: This paintings bargains a brand new examining of Thucydides' recognized account of the origins of the Peloponnesian warfare
By J. M. Adovasio
Shaped by way of cartoons and museum dioramas, our imaginative and prescient of Paleolithic instances has a tendency to add fur-clad male hunters fearlessly attacking mammoths whereas timid girls hover fearfully at the back of a boulder. in truth, fresh study has proven that this imaginative and prescient bears little relation to reality.
The box of archaeology has replaced dramatically long ago 20 years, as ladies have challenged their male colleagues' unique specialize in challenging artifacts corresponding to spear issues instead of more durable to discover facts of women's paintings. J. M. Adovasio and Olga Soffer are of the world's best specialists on perishable artifacts corresponding to basketry, cordage, and weaving. In The Invisible Sex, the authors current a thrilling new examine prehistory, arguing that girls invented all types of serious fabrics, together with the garments precious for all times in chillier climates, the ropes used to make rafts that enabled long-distance commute via water, and nets used for communal searching. much more vital, girls performed a vital position within the improvement of language and social life—in brief, in our changing into human. during this eye-opening e-book, a brand new tale approximately girls in prehistory emerges with provocative implications for our assumptions approximately gender today.
By Anthony R Birley
An available and scholarly learn of an emperor who was once human and simply all through his lengthy reign which was once usually punctuated by means of wars with the northern tribes.
By Stanley M. Burstein
This booklet presents the 1st finished historical past of Afro-Eurasia throughout the first millennium BCE and the start of the 1st millennium CE. The historical past of those 1300 plus years should be summed up in a single be aware: connectivity. the expansion in connectivity in this interval used to be marked via expanding political, financial, and cultural interplay through the sector, and the alternative of the various political entities by way of a handful of significant empires on the finish of the period. Read more...
summary: This e-book offers the 1st complete heritage of Afro-Eurasia in the course of the first millennium BCE and the start of the 1st millennium CE. The background of those 1300 plus years might be summed up in a single be aware: connectivity. the expansion in connectivity in this interval used to be marked by means of expanding political, fiscal, and cultural interplay during the quarter, and the substitute of the varied political entities by way of a handful of serious empires on the finish of the interval
By Neil D. Bramwell
A heritage of old Persia discussing the contributions of rulers from Cyrus to Darius as they increased the bounds of the empire. Over a interval of virtually 1,200 years, the traditional Persians discovered to domesticate vegetation similar to wheat and barley and to cultivate animals. additionally they tested their abilities for structure and artwork through construction huge, immense palaces, similar to on the web site of Persepolis, and brought the belief of worshipping a unmarried god.
By John Malam
As a fierce Celtic warrior captured via the Romans, you're selected for the gladiator institution. you will be taught to struggle, kill and die in a definitely wearing demeanour to entertain the Roman crowds. should you continue to exist, you may develop into a herobut do not anticipate it.
By Eric H. Cline
-Victor Davis Hanson, Stanford college; writer of The different Greeks and Carnage and Culture
"A fantastically lucid presentation of 4 thousand years of historical past in one quantity. Cline writes essentially as an archaeologist-avoiding polemic and supplying facts for any spiritual claims-yet he has additionally integrated a lot journalistic fabric into this examine. Jerusalem Besieged will enlighten a person attracted to the historical past of army clash in and round Jerusalem."
-Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, Virginia army Institute
"This groundbreaking research bargains a desirable synthesis of Jerusalem's army heritage from its first career into the trendy period. Cline amply deploys fundamental resource fabric to enquire attacks on Jerusalem of each style, beginning on the sunrise of recorded heritage. Jerusalem Besieged is worthwhile for framing the modern state of affairs within the heart East within the context of a really lengthy and pertinent history."
-Baruch Halpern, Pennsylvania country University
A sweeping historical past of 4 thousand years of fight for keep watch over of 1 city
"[An] soaking up account of archaeological heritage, from the traditional Israelites' first conquest to modern day moment intifada. Cline in actual fact lays out the attention-grabbing background at the back of the conflicts."
"A excitement to learn, this paintings makes this crucial yet complex topic fascinating."
-Jewish publication World
"Jerusalem Besieged is an engaging account of ways and why a baffling array of peoples, ideologies, and religions have fought for a few 4 thousand years over a urban with out both nice wealth, measurement, or strategic significance. Cline courses us in the course of the baffling, yet consistently bloody, array of Jewish, Roman, Moslem, Crusader, Ottoman, Western, Arab, and Israeli fights for ownership of any such symbolic prize in a way that's either scholarly and engaging."
-Victor Davis Hanson, Stanford college; writer of the opposite Greeks and Carnage and Culture