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The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture

Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso

Modernism in the visual arts has been defined as a liberation from the classical inheritance. The excitement of modern art is often seen to lie in its radical...

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Flame of Miletus

The Birth of Science in Ancient Greece (and How it Changed the World)

Miletus: one of the wealthiest and most important towns in ancient Greece. It was here, on the Aegean coast of Asia Minor, in the 6th century BC, that the...

John Freely

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Antiquity and the Meanings of Time

A Philosophy of Ancient and Modern Literature

Society and contemporary culture seem forever fascinated by the topic of time. In modern fiction, Ian McEwan (The Child in Time) and Martin Amis (Time's Arrow)...

Duncan Kennedy

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The Palace of Darius at Susa

The Great Royal Residence of Achaemenid Persia

The palace complex of the Persian King Darius I, the Great (522-486 BCE), provides unique evidence of the sophistication of Achaemenid architecture and...

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Sasanian Persia

The Rise and Fall of an Empire

Of profound importance in late antiquity, the Sasanian Empire is almost completely unknown today, except as a counterpoint to the Roman Empire. What are the...

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Hammurabi of Babylon

Hammurabi was the sixth king of ancient Babylon and also its greatest. Expanding the role and influence of the Babylonian city-state into an imperium that...

Dominique Charpin

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The Hymns of Zoroaster

A New Translation of the Most Ancient Sacred Texts of Iran

Zoroaster was one of the greatest and most radical religious reformers in the history of the world. The faith that he founded some 2600 years ago in a remote...

M. L. West

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Ancient Religions of the Austronesian World

From Australasia to Taiwan

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Julian Baldick

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Virgil

A Life

Born in 70 BC, in a small village near Mantua, Publius Vergilius Maro—Virgil—grew up to be hailed as the greatest Roman poet. And although his work has...

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Horace

A Life

The work of the great Roman poet, Horatius Flaccus (65 BC to 8 BC), spanned all aspects of Roman life—politics, the arts, religion, and the authority of the...

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Peter Levi

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The Return of Ulysses

Whether they focus on the bewitching song of the Sirens, his cunning escape from the cave of the terrifying one-eyed Cyclops, or the vengeful slaying of the...

Edith Hall

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The Book of Alexander the Great

A Life of the Conqueror

The Book of Alexander the Great - or the Phyllada - has for three centuries been the most popular account of Alexander's career in modern Greece. After...

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Kingdoms of Ruin

The Art and Architectural Splendours of Ancient Turkey

Turkey boasts a legacy of extraordinary richness and magnificence. From the dawn of civilization, Anatolia spawned great empires of her own -- Hittite,...

By Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch and John Freely

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Land of Lost Gods

The Search for Classical Greece

From Athens to Troy, the glories of classical Greece are an essential part of our heritage and are echoed every day in the buildings and institutions we see...

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Richard Stoneman

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Children of Achilles

The Greeks in Asia Minor since the Days of Troy

The once magnificent, now ruined, cities that cluster along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civilization that produced the...

John Freely

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The Rhetoric of Power in Late Antiquity

Religion and Politics in Byzantium, Europe and the Early Islamic World

Late Antiquity, the period of transition from the crisis of Roman Empire in the third century to the Middle Ages, has traditionally been considered only in...

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By Elizabeth DePalma Digeser, Robert M. Frakes and Justin Stephens

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The Bull of Minos

The Great Discoveries of Ancient Greece

This is the story of two of the most heroic, and controversial, figures in archaeology: Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the remains of Troy, and Arthur...

Leonard Cottrell

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Ancient Illyria

An Archaeological Exploration

Illyria is the name given to the ancient region of the Balkans on the Adriatic coast from which most historians of the Balkans believe modern Albanians...

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Arthur Evans

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Writing Ancient History

An Introduction to Classical Historiography

"History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon," said Napoleon. Yet the actual writing of history, especially ancient history,...

Luke Pitcher

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