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Codex Sinaiticus


The Story of the World's Oldest Bible

DC Parker


British Library 2010
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Produced in the 4th century, Codex Sinaiticus contains the oldest complete copy of the Greek New Testament, parts of the Old Testament and two other eProduced in the 4th century, Codex Sinaiticus contains the oldest complete copy of the Greek New Testament, parts of the Old Testament and two other early Christian writings. It was preserved for centuries in St Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai before its rediscovery in the 19th century and it has now been digitally imaged. David Parker traces the history of the manuscript, from the processes involved in its creation to its conservation, imaging and transcription in the 21st century. ...more
 

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The Parthenon Sculptures



Ian Jenkins; Ivor Kerslake; Dudley Hubbard


Harvard University Press 2007
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The Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum are unrivalled examples of classical Greek art, and have been an inspiration to artists and writers sinThe Parthenon sculptures in the British Museum are unrivalled examples of classical Greek art, and have been an inspiration to artists and writers since their creation in the fifth century BCE. With dramatic photographs by Ivor Kerslake and Dudley Hubbard, and Ian Jenkins's account of the history of the Parthenon and of the sculptures in their architectural, art-historical and cultural contexts, this volume is a superb introduction to the most famous of the surviving sculptures from ancient Greece. ...more
 

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Ghost on the Throne


The Death of Alexander and the War for Crown and Empire

James Romm


Knopf 2011
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Following his ten-year campaign of conquest, Alexander the Great's empire grew to its largest extent in 325 BCE, but within a few years he had died, tFollowing his ten-year campaign of conquest, Alexander the Great's empire grew to its largest extent in 325 BCE, but within a few years he had died, the Macedonian generals had begun a vicious rivalry and the empire was being ripped apart. James Robb has written this 'expertly narrated page-turner' to bring alive the little-known saga of battle, treachery, jealousy and suspicion that led to a new world of warring states instead of Alexander's dream of unity. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge. American-cut pages. Slightly off-mint. ...more
 

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Christian Egypt


Coptic Art and Monuments through Two Millennia

Massimo Capuani


Cairo University Press 2002
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This richly illustrated survey of Coptic religious art and architecture ranges across the ancient and medieval periods, from churches built within phaThis richly illustrated survey of Coptic religious art and architecture ranges across the ancient and medieval periods, from churches built within pharaonic temples and the earliest Christian monasteries to the vaulted roofs and cupolas of 12th century churches. Arranged by region, the book describes in detail, with photographs and floor plans, both archaeological sites and buildings still in use today; and there are essays by Otto Meinardus and Marie- Helene Rutschowscaya on Coptic Christianity and Coptic wall painting and manuscripts. ...more
 

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Discovering Roman Britain


Third edition

David E Johnston


Shire 2002
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From major sites such as Hadrian's Wall and Bath to less familiar villas, practice camps and canals, archaeologist David E Johnston describes the visiFrom major sites such as Hadrian's Wall and Bath to less familiar villas, practice camps and canals, archaeologist David E Johnston describes the visible remains of Roman structures across England, Wales, Scotland and the Channel Islands. Most of the book consists of a gazetteer with grid references, directions, and an overview of each site's history and main features. ...more
 

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Roman Provence


A History and Guide

Edwin Mullins


Signal 2011
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The Story of Stonehenge



Patricia Southern


Amberley 2012
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Roman Imperial Armour


The Production of Early Imperial Military Armour

D Sim; J Kaminski


Oxbow 2012
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The Roman army's success was in large part founded on well-trained, well-disciplined soldiers who were equipped with the most advanced arms and armourThe Roman army's success was in large part founded on well-trained, well-disciplined soldiers who were equipped with the most advanced arms and armour then available. Using both ancient sources and modern scientific analyses, Sim and Kaminski present a study of the processes used to manufacture each component of that armour, together with an examination of Roman methods of extracting ores and transforming them into workable ferrous metal and copper alloy. ...more
 

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The Star of Bethlehem



David Collins


Amberley 2012
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The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant


The True History of the Tablets of Moses

Stuart Munro-Hay


IB Tauris 2006
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Many people believe that the Ark of the Covenant, the box built to contain the tablets brought by Moses from Mount Sinai, is kept to this day in a chaMany people believe that the Ark of the Covenant, the box built to contain the tablets brought by Moses from Mount Sinai, is kept to this day in a chapel in the old city of Aksum in Ethiopia. Stuart Munro-Hay's investigation provides a scholarly review of the historical records, from ancient texts to local stories and the writings of recent centuries, and debunks some of the wilder theories about the Ark. <@@@> ...more
 

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Song of Wrath


The Peloponnesian War Begins

JE Lendon


Basic 2010
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JE Lendon reassesses the first ten years (431-421 BCE) of the Peloponnesian War, asking why ancient authors approved of the strategy and policy of PerJE Lendon reassesses the first ten years (431-421 BCE) of the Peloponnesian War, asking why ancient authors approved of the strategy and policy of Periclean Athens, which modern scholars find hard to praise. He combines traditional approaches to Thucydides' narrative of these years with insights from recent studies of cultural history, to offer a new way of understanding how Greek states interacted with each other in their quest for national honour, pride and vengeance. ...more
 

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The Acropolis


Global Fame, Local Claim

Eleana Yalouri


Berg 2001
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The Acropolis in Athens is typically viewed in the context of the 5th century BCE, but what is its meaning today? How do modern Greeks deal with theirThe Acropolis in Athens is typically viewed in the context of the 5th century BCE, but what is its meaning today? How do modern Greeks deal with their ancient classical heritage? Drawing on such sources as cartoons, advertisements and newspaper articles as well as original fieldwork in contemporary Athens, Yalouri examines how this archaeological site serves as both a focus for tourism and a powerful agent for the negotiation of power on a national and international level. ...more
 

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Palenque


Eternal City of the Maya

David Stuart; George Stuart


Thames & Hudson 2008
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David Stuart, Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing, and one of the scholars who broke the 'Maya code', and his father, the archaeologist George SDavid Stuart, Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing, and one of the scholars who broke the 'Maya code', and his father, the archaeologist George Stuart present an engrossing account of the archaeological discovery of Palenque before turning to the history of the great Mayan city. They vividly describe its palaces and temples, the world and wars of the ancient Maya, their great 'king of kings' K'inich Janab Pakal, and the demise of Palenque in around 800 CE. ...more
 

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Hadrian's Empire



Danny Danziger; Nicholas Purcell


Hodder 2006
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As well as his eponymous wall, Hadrian constructed the dome of the Pantheon in Rome and his 900-room villa at Tivoli. Unlike most other emperors he waAs well as his eponymous wall, Hadrian constructed the dome of the Pantheon in Rome and his 900-room villa at Tivoli. Unlike most other emperors he was both passionate and intellectual, admiring Greek culture and travelling constantly. Hadrian's Empire is an accessible introduction to the life of this restless, enigmatic emperor and the social history of his reign. ...more
 

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Greek Gems and Finger Rings


Early Bronze Age to Late Classical

John Boardman


Thames & Hudson 2001
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The miniaturist art of gem engraving is the least known of the major arts of ancient Greece, yet we know it to have been practised by the greatest artThe miniaturist art of gem engraving is the least known of the major arts of ancient Greece, yet we know it to have been practised by the greatest artists and its masterpieces can challenge many better known works of sculpture and painting. This handsomely produced volume presents a comprehensive account of gem engraving in Greek lands, treating the subject as one of intrinsic importance and interest and not merely as a mirror in miniature of the other arts. ...more
 

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