Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece
The foundation myth of Hercules’ birthplace tells of dragon’s teeth engendering a race of warriors. Thebes’ subsequent history was similarly dramatic – including its erasure on the order of Alexander the Great. Bringing the city vividly to life, Cartledge places it firmly at the heart of Ancient Greek – and our own – civilisation.
Philip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors
Philip II of Macedon is perhaps eclipsed by his son, yet he forged a unified Greece – the base from which Alexander the Great redrew the map of the ancient world to create an empire. It’s together, argues Goldsworthy, that they stand on the threshold of a thousand years of history.
Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths
We so often think of the men as the heroes and villains of Greek myths. Here, Haynes (author of A Thousand Ships) introduces us to Hera, Athena and Artemis, Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Eurydice and Penelope alongside Pandora and others. Just as heroic and villainous, they too have stories to tell.
A World Beneath the Sands: Adventurers and Archaeologists in the Golden Age of Egyptology
The 19th century was very much a Golden Age of Egyptology. From deciphering hieroglyphics to discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun, Wilkinson introduces a cast of characters – ethnographers and treasure-hunters, famous and unknown – who transformed our understanding of this lost world.
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