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Book Review: The Battle Of Salamis

The Battle Of Salamis:  The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece–And Western Civilization, by Barry Strauss One can tell the sort of subject matter that an author is expert in by what they see as “saving western civilization,” and this author … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Trojan War

The Trojan War:  A New History, by Barry Straus This is actually the second time I have read this book.  In fact, although I got this particular volume that I read this time from the library, I own (or at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Carthage Must Be Destroyed

Carthage Must Be Destroyed:  The Rise And Fall Of An Ancient Civilization, by Richard Miles Reading this book in many ways is like reading a Greek tragedy.  One knows from the title the end of the play, and if one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Carthage: A History

Carthage:  A History, by Serge Lancel But is it a history?  There is no doubt that I would enjoy reading a good narrative history of Carthage if it could be found, but this book is heavy on archaeology, heavy on … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Etruscans

The Etruscans, by Michael Grant For a variety of reasons, I have long been interested in the language and history and culture of the Etruscans.  For one, they are an obscure people whose language is not well-understood and which are … Continue reading

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Book Review: Plutarch’s Lives

Plutarch’s Lives of Themistocles, Pericles, Aristides, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Demosthenes and Cicero, Caesar and Antony, edited by Charles W. Eliot A friend of mine purchased this book and sent it to me, and I have to admit I was pleased … Continue reading

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Book Review: 428 AD

428 AD:  An Ordinary Year At The End Of The Roman Empire, by Guisto Traina This book was a very enjoyable one to read, and followed the pattern of a few books that view a particular time rather than a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Collapse And Recovery Of The Roman Empire

The Collapse And Recovery Of The Roman Empire, by Michael Grant The third century was a period of remarkable stress for the Roman Empire, and as someone who reads a lot about Roman history [1], it was pretty obvious that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greeks (Ancients In Their Own Words)

Greeks (Ancients In Their Own Words), by Michael Kerrigan This book is a very short one (barely over 50 pages) and meant for younger readers, but for older readers who want to read about what the ancient Greeks said and … Continue reading

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Book Review:Wars Of The Ancient Greeks

Wars Of The Ancient Greeks, by Victor Davis Hanson In this book we find out something quite intriguing–how the author pays to keep his farm in operation and at the same time lament the passing of the yeoman farmers of … Continue reading

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