The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization After its founding in 509 BCE, Rome grew from an unremarkable Italian city state to the dominant superpower of the Mediterranean world Through it all, the Romans never allowed a single man to seize contro

The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found: A History in Seven Cities

In The Map of Knowledge Violet Moller traces the journey taken by the ideas of three of the greatest scientists of antiquity Euclid, Galen and Ptolemy through seven cities and over a thousand years In it, we follow them from sixth century Alexandria to ninth century Baghdad, from Muslim Cordoba

Bread of Angels

Purple The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship And along the way, she changes the world.But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merch

The Odyssey

Sing 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 Iliad

Dating 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