Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island by Helen Dawson

By Helen Dawson

Islands are excellent case stories for exploring social connectivity, episodes of colonisation, abandonment, and alternating levels of cultural interplay and isolation. Their societies reveal various attitudes towards the land and the ocean, which in flip solid gentle on staff identities. This quantity advances theoretical discussions of island archaeology through delivering a comparative examine of the archaeology of colonisation, abandonment, and resettlement of the Mediterranean islands in prehistory. This comparative and thematic learn encourages anthropological reflections at the archaeology of the islands, finally targeting humans instead of geographical devices, and in particular at the kinfolk among islanders, mainlanders, and the construction of islander identities. This quantity has value for students drawn to Mediterranean archaeology, in addition to these extra widely in colonisation and abandonment.

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Between Pagan and Christian by Christopher P. Jones

By Christopher P. Jones

For the early Christians, "pagan" talked about a large number of unbelievers: Greek and Roman devotees of the Olympian gods, and "barbarians" akin to Arabs and Germans with their very own array of deities. yet whereas those teams have been basically outsiders or idolaters, who and what used to be pagan relied on the outlook of the observer, as Christopher Jones exhibits during this clean and penetrating research. Treating paganism as a ancient build instead of a hard and fast entity, among Pagan and Christian uncovers the information, rituals, and ideology that Christians and pagans shared in past due Antiquity.

While the emperor Constantine's conversion in 312 was once a momentous occasion within the heritage of Christianity, the recent faith have been steadily forming within the Roman Empire for hundreds of years, because it moved clear of its Jewish origins and tailored to the dominant pagan tradition. Early Christians drew on pagan practices and claimed very important pagans as their harbingers--asserting that Plato, Virgil, and others had glimpsed Christian truths. whilst, Greeks and Romans had encountered in Judaism observances and ideology shared by means of Christians equivalent to the Sabbath and the belief of a unmarried, author God. Polytheism was once the obvious characteristic isolating paganism and Christianity, yet pagans might be monotheists, and Christians will be accused of polytheism and branded as pagans. within the assorted spiritual groups of the Roman Empire, as Jones makes transparent, recommendations of divinity, conversion, sacrifice, and prayer have been even more fluid than conventional bills of early Christianity have led us to believe.

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Catiline's Conspiracy, The Jugurthine War, Histories (Oxford by Sallust

By Sallust

Sallust used to be one of many first classical historians to maneuver past a dry recitation of truth to color sharp-edged pictures of the ethical and political degeneration of the Roman Republic. Sallust's abrupt and specific kind is the right motor vehicle for his ethical urgency, sour condemnation, and satirical cynicism. William W. Batstone's new translation, together with the fragmentary Histories, captures the severity of his Latin variety. Catiline's Conspiracy describes the bloody uprising led by way of the wicked and disaffected Catiline. For Sallust it used to be specially annoying as a result of the extraordinary nature of the crime and the risk it triggered. The Jugurthine War bargains a photo depiction of the warfare opposed to the king of Numidia, highlighting the facility struggles in Rome and the brutal battles in Africa. A wide-ranging advent units Sallust and his works of their turbulent ancient context, and considers their achievements as either heritage and literature. Batstone additionally presents shorter introductions to every of the 3 works in addition to complete notes, an up to date bibliography, and maps of the Mediterranean, Italy, and Africa.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from all over the world. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main actual textual content plus a wealth of different helpful gains, together with specialist introductions through best professionals, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for additional learn, and lots more and plenty more.

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Medusa's Gaze: The Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza by Marina Belozerskaya

By Marina Belozerskaya

The Tazza Farnese is without doubt one of the such a lot renowned gadgets from classical antiquity. A libation bowl carved from banded agate, it positive factors Medusa's head on its outdoors and, within, an meeting of Egyptian gods. For greater than millennia, those radiant figures have mesmerized emperors and artists, popes and thieves, retailers and museum goers. during this, the 1st book-length account of this well known masterpiece, Marina Belozerskaya strains its attention-grabbing trip via historical past. That it has survived in any respect is a miracle.

The Tazza's origins date again to Ptolemaic Egypt the place it most likely greater the ability and status of Cleopatra. After her defeat through Emperor Augustus, the bowl started an awesome itinerary alongside many flashpoints in global heritage. It most likely traveled from Rome to Constantinople. After that city's sack by way of crusaders in 1204, it lower back west to motivate the classical revival on the court docket of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II at Palermo. The Tazza subsequent graced Tamerlane's court docket at Samarqand, prior to changing into an obsession of Renaissance popes and princes. It witnessed the rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the turbulent aftermath of the French Revolution, and the start of the fashionable Italian nation.

Throughout its trip, the Tazza aroused the lust of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Mongol rulers, consoled a heart-broken duchess, encouraged artists together with Botticelli and Raphael, tempted spies and thieves, and drew the ire of a deranged museum shield who approximately destroyed it. greater than a biography of the world's so much adored bowl, Medusa's Gaze is a vibrant and pleasant voyage via history.

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Rome and its Frontiers: The Dynamics of Empire by C R Whittaker

By C R Whittaker

Do the Romans have something to coach us concerning the manner that they observed the realm, and how they ran their empire? How did they take care of questions of frontiers and migration, so frequently within the information today?
This number of ten very important essays through C. R. Whittaker, engages with debates and controversies concerning the Roman frontiers and the concept that of empire. actually international in its concentration, the publication examines the social, political and cultural implications of the Roman frontiers in Africa, India, Britain, Europe, Asia and the some distance East, and offers a finished account in their value.

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The Fall of Carthage: The Punic Wars 265-146BC (Cassell by Adrian Goldsworthy

By Adrian Goldsworthy

“Adrian Goldsworthy is likely one of the top younger historians writing today.” —John Keegan

The Fall of Carthage was once the best clash of the traditional international, and because of one of many best historians of our time, this sweeping saga involves existence anew for contemporary audiences. the forged of without end attention-grabbing characters comprises the generals Hannibal and Scipio, in addition to treacherous chieftains, attractive princesses, scheming politicians, and difficult specialist warriors.

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Emperor Constantine, 2nd Edition by Hans A. Pohlsander

By Hans A. Pohlsander

"Emperor Constantine" offers a handy and concise advent to 1 of crucial figures in historic background. taking into consideration the historiographical debates of the 20 th and twenty-first centuries, Hans A. Pohlsander:
* describes the Roman international into which Constantine was once born
* assesses Constantine's skill as a soldier and statesman
* emphasizes the importance of Constantine as Rome's first Christian emperor
* discusses the significance of the institution of the recent capital of Byzantium
* offers an even-handed overview of Constantine's achievements.
This moment version is up to date all through take into consideration the newest examine at the topic. additionally integrated is a revised creation and an enlarged bibliography.

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Social Struggles in Archaic Rome: New Perspectives on the by Kurt A. Raaflaub

By Kurt A. Raaflaub

This broadly revered research of social conflicts among the patrician elite and the plebeians within the first centuries of the Roman republic has now been stronger via a brand new bankruptcy on fabric tradition, updates to person chapters, an up to date bibliography, and a brand new introduction.

  • Analyzes social conflicts among patricians and plebeians in early republican Rome
  • Includes chapters through major students from either side of the Atlantic illuminating social, monetary, felony, spiritual, army, and political points in addition to the reliability of ancient sources
  • Contributors have written addenda for the hot version, updating their chapters in gentle of contemporary scholarship

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