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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF CAESAR
Written by TOM HOLLAND

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/06/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80672-7

In this dazzling portrait of Rome’s first imperial dynasty, Tom Holland traces the astonishing century-long story of the rise and fall of the Julio-Claudians—Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero. Capturing both the brilliant allure of their rule and the blood-steeped shadows cast by their crimes, Dynasty travels from the great capital rebuilt in marble to the dank and barbarian forests of Germany.  Populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and...

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SENECA AT THE COURT OF NERO
Written by JAMES ROMM

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/02/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74374-9

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne a  high-stakes drama full of murder, madness, tyranny, perversion, with the sweep of history on the grand scale.

At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to twelve-year-old Nero, future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both, Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Roman empress,...

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A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD'S MOST ICONIC BUILDING AND THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47659-3

Winner of The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award (Phi Beta Kappa)

A revolutionary new understanding of the most famous and influential building in the world, a thesis that calls into question our basic understanding of the ancient civilization that we most identify with.

For more than two millennia, the Parthenon has been revered as the symbol of Western culture, the epitome of the ancient society from which we derive our highest ideals. It was understood to honor the city-state's patron deity Athena,...

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THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS
Written by FREDERIC RAPHAEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45635-9

From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here is an audacious history of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish general turned Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew alone in the Gentile world.

Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is a gripping and dramatic story. His life, in the hands of Frederic Raphael, becomes a point of departure for an appraisal of...

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Written by MAX WEBER

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/06/2013

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68109-1

Max Weber, widely recognized as the greatest of the founders of classical sociology, is often associated with the development of capitalism in Western Europe and the analysis of modernity. But he also had a profound scholarly interest in ancient societies and the Near East, and turned the youthful discipline of sociology to the study of these archaic cultures.

The Agrarian Sociology of Ancient Civilizations — Weber’s neglected masterpiece, first published in German in 1897 and reissued in...

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THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE BLOODY FIGHT FOR HIS EMPIRE
Written by JAMES ROMM

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/13/2012

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-45660-1

A Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title 

When Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-two, his empire stretched from the Adriatic Sea in the west all the way to modern-day India in the east. In an unusual compromise, his two heirs—a mentally damaged half brother, Philip III, and an infant son, Alexander IV, born after his death—were jointly granted the kingship. But six of Alexander’s Macedonian generals, spurred by their own thirst for power and the legend that Alexander...

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SOCRATES, ATHENS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE GOOD LIFE
Written by BETTANY HUGHES

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-400-07601-7

Winner of the Norton Medlicott Award
From the celebrated British author and historian: a brilliant new book combining historical inquiry and storytelling élan to paint an unprecedentedly vivid portrait of Socrates and the Golden Age of classical Athens.

We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did; in his unwavering commitment to truth and in the example of his own life, he set the standard for all subsequent Western philosophy. And yet, for twenty-five centuries, he has...

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THE CAMPAIGNS OF ALEXANDER
Series Editor ROBERT B. STRASSLER
Edited by JAMES ROMM

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/17/2012

Price: $28.50

ISBN: 978-1-400-07967-4

Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander, widely considered the most authoritative history of the brilliant leader’s great conquests, is the latest addition to the acclaimed Landmark series.

After twelve years of hard-fought campaigns, Alexander the Great controlled a vast empire that was bordered by the Adriatic sea to the west and modern-day India to the east. Arrian, himself a military commander, combines his firsthand experience of battle with material from Ptolemy’s memoirs and other ancient...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 12/07/2010

Price: $28.50

ISBN: 978-1-400-03476-5

Hellenika covers the years between 411 and 362 B.C.E., a particularly dramatic period during which the alliances among Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and Persia were in constant flux. Together with the volumes of Herodotus and Thucydides, it completes an ancient narrative of the military and political history of classical Greece.

Xenophon was an Athenian who participated in the expedition of Cyrus the Younger against Cyrus’ brother, the Perisan King Artaxerces II. Later Xenophon joined the Spartan...

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Written by ANTHONY EVERITT

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 09/14/2010

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97814-8

Born in A.D. 76, Hadrian lived through and ruled during a tempestuous era, a time when the Colosseum was opened to the public and Pompeii was buried under a mountain of lava and ash. Acclaimed author Anthony Everitt vividly recounts Hadrian’s thrilling life, in which the emperor brings a century of disorder and costly warfare to a peaceful conclusion while demonstrating how a monarchy can be compatible with good governance.

What distinguished Hadrian’s rule, according to Everitt, were two...

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HOW GREEK SCIENCE CAME TO EUROPE THROUGH THE ISLAMIC WORLD
Written by JOHN FREELY

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/09/2010

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27783-1

Aladdin’s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains how, as the Dark Ages shrouded Europe, scholars in medieval Baghdad translated the works of these Greek thinkers into Arabic,...

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IN THE EPIC AGE OF HOMER
Written by ROBIN LANE FOX

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/09/2010

Price: $21.95

ISBN: 978-0-679-76386-4

The myths of the ancient Greeks have inspired us for thousands of years. Where did the famous stories of the battles of their gods develop and spread across the world? The celebrated classicist Robin Lane Fox draws on a lifetime’s knowledge of the ancient world, and on his own travels, answering this question by pursuing it through the age of Homer. His acclaimed history explores how the intrepid seafarers of eighth-century Greece sailed around the Mediterranean, encountering strange new...

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