In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerge a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society and the sublimation of basic human instincts.
From the origins of the Earth to the outcome of the First World War, this work presents an account of the evolution of life and the development of the human race. It considers such subjects as the Neolithic era, the rise of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the life of Christ, the rise of Islam, and the discovery of America.
A biography of Oliver Cromwell, breaking down Cromwell's life into different parts: fenland farmer and humble backbencher; stalwart of the good old cause and the New Model Army; key figure of the Commonwealth; and, finally Lord Protector. It leads the reader through Cromwell's life from his beginnings in Huntingdonshire to his brutal end.