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Classical Mythology: The Basics

Paperback, 10/05/2016, £17.99

Little History of Archaeology

Hardback, 04/04/2018, £14.99
The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe

Vox Populi: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Classical World but Were Afraid to Ask

Hardback, 07/11/2019, £12.99
A witty and engaging beginner's guide to the Classics, by the author of Veni, Vidi, Vici and Eureka!

Scientist in the Early Roman Empire

Paperback, 12/12/2017, £28.99

Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore

Paperback, 07/11/2013, £25.00
Because of her double marriage to the Greek King Menelaus and the Trojan Prince Paris, Helen was held responsible for both the Trojan War and enduring enmity between East and West. Helen of Sparta, the focus of a cult which conflated Helen the heroine with a pre-Greek fertility goddess;

Phoenix: A Father, a Son, and the Rise of Athens

Hardback, 28/05/2021, £28.95
Fifty years before its golden age, Athens was just another city-state in Sparta's shadow. David Stuttard tells the story of the father and son who lifted Athens. Miltiades defeated the Persians at Marathon; Cimon drove them from Greece, revitalized the war-torn city, and moderated its foreign policy, creating the conditions for Athenian greatness.

Roman Triumph

Paperback, 05/05/2009, £19.95
How can we re-create the ceremony as it was celebrated in Rome? How can we piece together its elusive traces in art and literature? This work addresses these questions, focusing on the intriguing process of sifting through and making sense of what constitutes 'history'.

Amazons: The Real Warrior Women of the Ancient World

Paperback, 19/04/2018, £10.99
Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors.

Rosetta Stone: and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt

Paperback, 01/07/2008, £8.99
What does the Rosetta Stone tell us about the past? What treasures of Egyptian literature can now be read, thanks to its decipherment? What does it tell us about the history of writing and the story of our own alphabets? How do decipherments work and how can we know if they are right? This book answers these questions.

Archaeology Under Fire: Nationalism, Politics and Heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Paperback, 12/11/1998, £34.99
This volume addresses archaeology's role in current political issues, whether it be the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans, the division of Cyprus, or the continued destruction of Beirut.

Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

Paperback, 11/09/2018, £12.99
An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available that contradicts the standard narrative for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations

Silver Economy in the Viking Age

Hardback, 01/12/2006, £105.00
Contains papers by archaeologists and numismatists from six countries concerned with different aspects of how silver was used in both Scandinavia and the wider Viking world during the 8th to 11th centuries AD. This volume brings together a combination of summaries and work on silver and gold coinage, rings and bullion.

Secret Britain: Unearthing our Mysterious Past

Hardback, 29/09/2020, £20.00
In Secret Britain, join anthropologist and broadcaster Mary-Ann Ochota for a tour of more than 70 of Britain's most intriguing archaeological sites and artefacts.

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art

Hardback, 20/08/2020, £20.00
This book shoves aside the cliche of the shivering ragged figure in an ice wasteland to tell the complex and fascinating true story of the Neanderthal.

Clifford Geertz's The Interpretation of Cultures

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Up to the mid 20th century, generations of anthropologists had imported their own value systems into their work, regardless of where they were studying. Indigenous cultures were almost always judged to fall short in some manner - offering justification for colonization in the name of 'civilizing natives.'

Little History of Archaeology

Paperback, 23/04/2019, £9.99
The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe

Hadrian's Wall

Hardback, 11/01/2018, £18.99
A beautifully produced account of the history and importance of Hadrian's Wall.

Think Like an Anthropologist

Paperback, 31/08/2017, £9.99

Troy: Our Greatest Story Retold

Hardback, 29/10/2020, £20.00

Stonehenge: The story so far

Hardback, 30/09/2017, £25.00
The story that is told here is right up to date, including the results of the latest investigations in the landscape in 2016.

Story of Greece and Rome

Hardback, 02/10/2018, £20.00
The extraordinary story of the intermingled civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, spanning more than six millennia from the late Bronze Age to the seventh century

Fear and Temptation: The Image of the Indigene in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Literatures

Paperback, 01/04/1989, £21.99
In Fear and Temptation, Terry Goldie reveals the striking similarity of images of native peoples in the white literature of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Goldie shows this by examining more than 350 texts, from the narratives of early explorers to the fiction, poetry, and drama of later periods.

Warrior: A Life of War in Anglo-Saxon Britain

Hardback, 19/09/2019, £18.99
1400 years, 206 bones, 1 extraordinary story... A fighter with no name, painstakingly brought back to life by the archaeologist who found his remains, and the historian who can tell the extraordinary stories those bones reveal.

War That Killed Achilles : True Story of the Iliad

Hardback, 18/02/2010, £20.00
The "Iliad" is still the greatest poem about war that our culture has ever produced. Disconcertingly, "The Iliad" portrays war as a catastrophe that destroys cities, orphans children and wrecks whole societies. This book is about what the "Iliad" is about. It is about what the "Iliad" says of war.

Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece

Hardback, 12/11/2020, £25.00
A gripping account of the ancient Greek city of Thebes from the acclaimed author of The Spartans

Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

Paperback, 01/09/2011, £14.99
We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did. In The Hemlock Cup, acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes gives Socrates the biography he deserves, painstakingly piecing together Socrates' life and using fresh evidence to get closer to the man who asked 'how should we live?' - a question as relevant now as it has ever been.

Venus and Aphrodite

Hardback, 12/11/2019, £12.99
A vivid history of the ancient goddess Venus by the bestselling historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes

Archaeology: The Whole Story

Paperback, 01/09/2017, £24.95
A comprehensive guide through our whole human past that takes the reader on a tour through time and across the globe to every site of archaeological importance.

Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
American author, journalist, and activist Jane Jacobs was born in 1916 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She moved to New York City in 1934, where she became a journalist, writing for magazines including Architectural Forum and Fortune.

Viking Isles: Travels in Orkney and Shetland

Paperback, 10/10/2019, £17.99
A beautifully illustrated personal account of Paul Murton's travels in the Viking north of Scotland.


Paperback, 20/05/2010, £9.99
The ruined silhouette of the Parthenon on its hill above Athens is one of the world's most famous images. Its 'looted' Elgin Marbles are a global cause celebre. But what actually are they? This work tells the history and explains the significance of the Parthenon, the temple of the virgin goddess Athena, the divine patroness of ancient Athens.

Claude Levi Strauss' Structural Anthropology

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Structural Anthropology (1958) not only transformed the discipline of anthropology, it also energized a movement called structuralism that came to dominate the humanities and social sciences for a generation. Linguistic structuralism studies the meaning of language beyond definitions, looking at the relationships of words and sounds to each other.

Marcel Mauss' The Gift

Paperback, 05/07/2017, £6.50
In The Gift (1925), Marcel Mauss elevates a simple gift from the status of innocent object to something that has the capacity to motivate people and define social relationships. The Gift analyzes cultures across the world and across time, examining the ways gifts are given and received.

Interpretation of Dreams

Paperback, 30/01/2020, £10.99
Artemidorus' The Interpretation of Dreams(Oneirocritica) is the richest and most vivid pre-Freudian account of dream interpretation. The work is fascinating for what it reveals about ancient life, culture, and beliefs, and attitudes to the dominant power of Imperial Rome.

The Spartans

Hardback, 09/07/2020, £10.99
Famous throughout history for their doomed stand at Thermopylae, and immortalised by contemporary Athenian writers who viewed them as the exotic other, the Spartans, and their brutality and bravery, both fascinate and appal us. Andrew Bayliss reveals the best and the worst of this harsh society, separating myth from reality.

Introducing the Ancient Greeks

Hardback, 02/04/2015, £20.00
Who were the ancient Greeks? They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. But what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? This indispensable introduction unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity.

Rome in the Late Republic

Paperback, 27/01/2000, £18.99
This textbook outlines the factors that every student must assess for a proper understanding of the period, from the attitudes of the aristocracy and the role of state religion to the function of political institutions.

Ancient Celts 2ed

Paperback, 10/04/2018, £20.00
Archaeologist Sir Barry Cunliffe brings up to date his classic work on the Ancient Celts, those bold warriors and skill craftsmen of barbarian Europe who inspired fear in the Greeks and Romans.

The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World

Hardback, 30/04/2021, £23.95

Story Of Archaeology

Hardback, 26/05/2011, £14.99
A history of archaeology in 50 great discoveries.

Thermopylae: Great Battles

Hardback, 05/09/2019, £18.99
The story of Thermopylae, the famous last stand of the Greco-Persian Wars: how it was fought, how it has been remembered, and what it has come to mean.


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