Best Sellers & editor's picks

 

 
 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)

By Molly Greene

Here Molly Greene moves beyond the hostile "Christian" versus "Muslim" divide that has colored many historical interpretations of the early modern Mediterranean, and reveals a society with a far richer set of cultural and social dynamics. She focuses on Crete, which the Ottoman Empire wrested from Venetian control in 1669. Historians of Europe have traditionally viewed the victory as a watershed, the final step in the Muslim conquest of the eastern Mediterranean and the obliteration of Crete's thriving Latin-based culture. But to what extent did the conquest actually change life on Crete? Greene brings a new perspective to bear on this episode, and on the eastern Mediterranean in general. She argues that no sharp divide separated the Venetian and Ottoman eras because the Cretans were already part of a world where Latin Christians, Muslims, and Eastern Orthodox Christians had been intermingling for several centuries, particularly in the area of commerce.

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters

By Donna Jo Napoli

The new National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythologyoffers timeless stories of Greek myths in a beautiful new volume. Brought to life with lyrical text by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli and stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Christina Balit, the tales of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Athena and heroes and monsters such as Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa will fascinate and engage children’s imaginations.

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History

By Diane Harris Cline

On the culture that brought us democracy, the Olympics, Socrates, and Alexander the Great, this lavishly illustrated reference about ancient Greece presents the amazing history through gripping stories; the rise and fall of the phenomenal empire; the powerful legacy left by ancient Greece for the modern world; and the new discoveries shedding light on these ancient people that are still so much with us. Even today, Greek art and architecture dominate our cities; modern military strategists still study and employ Hellenic war tactics; Greek poetry, plays, and philosophy are widely read and enjoyed; and science, mathematics, medicine, and astronomy all build on the fundamentals of early Greek thinking.

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

Mycenae: From Myth to History

By Athina Cacouri

 

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

Greece: Images of an Enchanted Land, 1954-1965

By Robert McCabe

The beauty and simplicity of the enchanted land as it was for hundreds of years.
"Greece has changed dramatically since Robert McCabe made the pictures collected in this book, some of them fifty years ago. Certain viewers— especially those who were also there at that time—might find McCabe's photographs elegiac. This is the Greece they too remember, glazed in dazzling sunlight and now gone. To me, however, the principal sensation they convey is pleasure…" Andrew Szegedy-Maszak

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

Rome: The Biography of a City

By Christopher Hibbert

Traces the history of Rome from the time of the Etruscans to Mussolini, looks at the artists, intellectuals, and religious and political leaders who have shaped its destiny, and examines Roman society. 

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe's History

By Peter H. Wilson 

THE SUNDAY TIMES AND ECONOMIST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2016 'Hugely impressive... Wilson is an assured guide through the millennium-long labyrinth of papal-imperial relations' Literary Review A great, sprawling, ancient and unique entity, the Holy Roman Empire, from its founding by Charlemagne to its destruction by Napoleon a millennium later, formed the heart of Europe.

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

By Mary Beard

In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" (Wall Street Journal)

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain

By Dario Fernandez-Morera

In this groundbreaking book, Northwestern University scholar Darío Fernández-Morera tells the full story of Islamic Spain. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise shines light on hidden history by drawing on an abundance of primary sources that scholars have ignored, as well as archaeological evidence only recently unearthed. 

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

A History of Ancient Egypt (Blackwell History of the Ancient World)

By Marc van de Mieroop

Outlining the major political and cultural events, A History of Ancient Egypt is an authoritative and accessible introduction to this fascinating ancient culture. 

  • An accessible chronological narrative that draws on a range of historical sources

  • Offers an up-to-date survey of ancient Egypt’s history from its origins to its domination by the Roman Empire

  • Considers social and economic life and the rich culture of ancient Egypt

  • Places Egypt’s history within its regional context, detailing interactions with Asia and Africa

  • Engages students with various perspectives on a range of critical issues with the Key Debate section included in each chapter

  • Makes the latest discoveries and scholarship accessible to a wide audience

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

By Kathryn A. Bard

This student-friendly introduction to the archaeology of ancientEgypt guides readers from the Paleolithic to the Greco-Romanperiods, and has now been updated to include recent discoveries andnew illustrations.
• Superbly illustrated with photographs, maps, and siteplans, with additional illustrations in this new edition
• Organized  into 11 chapters, covering: thehistory of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric andpharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography,resources, and environment; and seven chapters organizedchronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites andevidence
• Includes sections on salient topics such as theconstructing the Great Pyramid at Giza and the process ofmummification

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

By Kasia Szpakowska

Using the life of a young girl and her family as a model, this bookrecreates the daily life of the middle-class residents of theancient town of Lahun during Egypt’s Middle Kingdom period.This perfect snapshot in time has been painstakingly recreatedusing recently published textual data and archaeological findings. 

  • Provides an illuminating and engaging re-construction of whatdaily life was like in ancient Egypt

  • Describes the main issues of everyday life in the town - fromeducation, work, and food preparation to religious rituals, healingtechniques, marriages, births, and deaths

  • Authentically recreated through the use of recently publishedtextual data and archaeological findings directly from thesettlement of Lahun and other sites

  • Includes photographs and illustrations of actual artifacts fromthe settlement of Lahun

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

Egypt: Egyptian Mythology and The Secrets Of The Gods

By Roy Jackson 

Learn the Secrets of the Pharaohs and Ancient Egypt! No matter how much you know about modern culture, there's no escaping the fact that ancient myths still impact our world today. Have you ever wondered why Ancient Egyptian mythology has stood the test of time? Ancient Egypt/Mythology can give you a better understanding of Egypt and its culture. It includes information on over 35 different Egyptian gods. You'll learn their "life stories" and how they are related to each other.

 
 

EDITOR'S PICK

A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present

By Jason Thompson

No country's past can match Egypt's in antiquity, richness, and variety. However, it is rarely presented as a comprehensive panorama because scholars tend to divide it into distinct eras—prehistoric, pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, medieval Islamic, Ottoman, and modern—that are not often studied in relation to one another. In this daringly ambitious project, drawing on the most current scholarship as well as his own research, Thompson makes the case that few if any other countries have as many threads of continuity running through their entire historical experience.

 
 
 

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