Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny

Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into TyrannyA new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse In Mortal Republic, prizewinning historian Edward J Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy For centuries, even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean s premier military an

How to Win a Roman Chariot Race

How to Win a Roman Chariot RaceWho first thought of atoms How much can you learn about archaeology from an oil lamp Who came up with the theory of the wandering womb n nOxford Classicist Jane Hood delves into the history, culture, literature, mythology and philosophy of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, using her expert eye to u

Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic Poet

Catullus' Bedspread: The Life of Rome's Most Erotic PoetA vivid narrative that recreates the life of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome s first modern poet, and follows a young man s journey through a world filled with all the indulgences and sexual excesses of the time, from doomed love affairs to shrewd political maneuvering and backstabbing an accessible,

Pax Romana

Pax RomanaBest selling author Adrian Goldsworthy turns his attention to the Pax Romana, the famous peace and prosperity brought by the Roman Empire at its height in the first and second centuries AD Yet the Romans were conquerors, imperialists who took by force a vast empire stretching from the Euphrates to


MetamorphicaIn the tradition of Zachary Mason s bestselling first novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey where he recast episodes from Homer s masterpiece Metamorphica now reimagines Ovid s epic poem of endless transformation, Metamorphoses Just as the Roman poet reinvigorated the Greek Classical legends 700

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient WorldHow new is atheism Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far remote past In Battling the Gods, Tim Whit

Classical Literature (Pelican Introduction)

Classical Literature (Pelican Introduction)Any list of the six greatest European poets would include Virgil, Aeschylus and Homer A recent history of philosophy named Aristotle and Plato as two of the world s four greatest philosophers The greatest historian of all is likely to be Thucydides Why was Ancient Greek and Roman literature so gr

The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece

The Rise and Fall of Classical GreeceLord Byron described Greece as great, fallen, and immortal, a characterization apt than he knew Through most of its long history, Greece was poor But in the classical era, Greece was densely populated and highly urbanized Many surprisingly healthy Greeks lived in remarkably big houses and wo

The Iliad

The IliadDating to the ninth century B.C., Homer s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War Renowned classicist Ber

The Odyssey

The OdysseySing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns ndriven time and again off course, once he had plundered nthe hallowed heights of Troy n nSo begins Robert Fagles magnificent translation of the Odyssey, which Jasper Griffin in The New York Times Review of Books hails as a distinguished achiev

The Aeneid

The AeneidThe Aeneid thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians n nPart of the Macmillan Collector s Library a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers These beautiful books make perfe

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The EumenidesAlternate cover edition can be found here, here, here, here n nIn the Oresteia the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos n nMoving from darkness to light, from rage to self governan