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Book review – The Gods of Olympus
by Barbara Graziosi
Hugh Bowden considers a study tracing the pervasive influence of Greek deities across centuries of human culture
Book review – The Gods of Olympus
by Barbara Graziosi
Hugh Bowden considers a study tracing the pervasive influence of Greek deities across centuries of human culture
Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Romans but Were A
by Peter Jones
Miles Russell enjoys a knowledgeable and witty book that provides a masterful overview of life in Roman society
Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women
by Kate Cooper
Peter Heather rates a study of the vital, and previously neglected, role of women in the early Christian church
The Restoration of Rome
by Peter Heather
Peter Jones on a study exploring attempts to revive the Roman empire — and how they unwittingly proved successful
Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography
by Miles Hollingworth
Christopher Kelly on a new biography of St Augustine, whose ideas were central to the development of Christianity
Roman Disasters
by Jerry Toner
Michael Scott enjoys an account of coping with calamity in Roman society
A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics
by Neil Faulkner
Paul Cartledge savours a breezy history of the ancient Greek Olympics, presented in travel-guide style
Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the Ancient Greek Olympics
by David Stuttard
Michael C Scott is impressed with an account of the 416 BC games
The Romans Who Shaped Britain
by Sam Moorhead and David Stuttard
Miles Russell enjoys a vibrant introduction to some of Roman Britain’s key personalities
The Romans and Their World: A Short Introduction
by Brian Campbell
Peter Jones admires a new attempt to condense over 1,000 years of Roman history into a single volume
The Battle of Marathon
by Peter Krentz
Michael Scott on a thoughtful analysis of a pivotal classical battle
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