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Language of Cities

Paperback, 06/07/2017, £9.99

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.

Franz Boas' Race, Language and Culture

Paperback, 04/07/2017, £6.50
Born in 1858, Franz Boas permanently changed the standards and practices of anthropology. His 1940 work Race, Language and Culture brings together a half-century's worth of ground-breaking scholarship in one volume.

Hamid Dabashi's Iran: A People Interrupted

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Hamid Dabashi suggests that the Iranian Revolution of 1978-9 would not have taken place had it not been for the influential ideas set out by eight Iranian Islamic thinkers in the decades before it occurred.

E. E. Evans-Pritchard's Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande

Paperback, 15/07/2017, £6.50
Based on 20 months of fieldwork among the Azande people of South Sudan, Evans-Pritchard's work became the founding text in the anthropology of witchcraft. Although the book had little impact when it first appeared in 1937, its popularity grew after World War II and its influence on anthropology is still strong nearly 80 years later.

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.

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.

Stonehenge: The story so far

Hardback, 30/09/2017, £50.00
The story that is told here is right up to date, including the results of the latest investigations in the landscape in 2016.

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.

Think Like an Anthropologist

Paperback, 31/08/2017, £9.99

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.

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.

Story Of Archaeology

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

AD43 The Roman Invasion of Britain

Paperback, 19/04/2002, £17.99
This book assesses the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43.


Paperback, 14/12/2017, £9.99
A concise, beautifully illustrated account of the history and archaeology of an iconic feature of the English landscape.

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'.

Rome in the Late Republic

Paperback, 27/01/2000, £17.99
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.


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.

Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town

Paperback, 04/11/2010, £9.99
'The world's most controversial classicist debunks our movie-style myths about the Roman town with meticulous scholarship and propulsive energy - scrutinising and animated in equal measure' Laura Silverman, Daily Mail

Excavations at Canterbury Castle

Hardback, 01/12/1982, £5.00

Greeks: Lost Civilizations

Hardback, 14/05/2018, £15.00
In The Greeks, Philip Matyszak illuminates the Greek soldiers, statesmen, scientists and philosophers who, though they seldom - if ever - set foot on the Greek mainland, nevertheless laid the foundations of what we call 'Greek culture' today.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg

Paperback, 02/05/2012, £9.99

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

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

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

Paperback, 01/10/2018, £10.99
A fascinating history of the city of Rome, seen through the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis and everything in between.

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;

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.'

Saba Mahmood's The Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject

Paperback, 06/07/2017, £6.50
In this original and controversial 2005 book, Mahmood argues that Muslim women can show independence even while assuming traditional Islamic roles. Her research suggests that, in choosing to embrace the norms of their faith, these pious Muslims are not limiting, but rather affirming, themselves.

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.

Story of Stonehenge

Paperback, 19/07/2012, £16.99
A comprehensive illustrated history of the prehistoric megalithic structure at Stonehenge and those who built it.

Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain

Hardback, 29/01/2018, £110.00
This Handbook provides an overview of the archaeology of the later Middle Ages in Britain between AD 1066 and 1550. Chapters cover topics ranging from later medieval objects, human remains, archaeological science, standing buildings, and sites such as castles and monasteries, to the well-preserved relict landscapes which still survive.

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.

Archaeology: The Basics

Paperback, 29/05/2015, £18.99
"Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada"--Title page verso.

Classical Mythology: The Basics

Paperback, 10/05/2016, £16.99

Ancient Egypt: The Basics

Paperback, 28/07/2016, £15.99
Includes bibliographical references and index.

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

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.

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

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.

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!
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