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 The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality
The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality
The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality
Author: Katherine M. D. Dunbabin
Cambridge University Press
2010
ISBN: 978-0521127301
Pages-13: 319
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 81 MB

Drawing frequently upon ancient inscriptions as well as other archaeological material, Katherine Dunbabin studies the representations of the banquet in Roman painting, mosaic, sculpture, and the minor arts, and compares them to archaeological evidence as well as written sources. She discusses the history of dining practices and the evolution of the iconography of dining. By highlighting the artistic and archaeological evidence, Dunbabin offers a more well-rounded picture of the role of the Roman banquet than can be found in literary sources alone.

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 The Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci
The Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Charles-Gibbs Smith
The Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci
Charles Scribner's Sons
1978
Format: PDF
Pages: 116
Language: English
Size: 71 MB

As an inventor Leonardo was an astonishing genius. Although he lived over 450 years ago he foresaw the coming of advanced technology , and filled his notebooks with thousands of drawings for new machines and weapons, many of which anticipate twentieth-century engineering techniques. We see him designing armoured tanks, steam guns, ballistic missiles, flying machines, parachutes, helicopters, underwater diving suits, water turbines, movable cranes, lifting jacks, gearboxes. Each of his inventions is a continuous source of wonder and excitement, displaying both Leonardo's awesome intelligence and an incredible anticipation of the future. An expert commentary by Charles Gibbs-Smith and Gareth Rees, who wrote many of the captions, guides us to a fuller understanding of the design ideas behind the inventions, and the clarity and enthusiasm of their text make this an ideal reference book for the historian of technology or the would-he inventor. Also included in this book are some of Leonardo's beautiful drawings from nature.

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 Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
Author: Carl G. Rasmussen
Zondervan
2010
ISBN: 0310270502
Pages: 304
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 28 MB

Zondervan Atlas of the Bible … a thoroughly revised edition of the most comprehensive Bible atlas ever designed for • Students • Bible Study Groups • Adult Learners • Travelers/Pilgrims to the Lands of the Bible • Pastors • Teachers • All Lovers of the Bible This major revision of the Gold Medallion Award-winning Zondervan NIV Atlas of the Bible is a visual feast that will help you experience the geography and history of Scripture with unprecedented clarity. The first section of the Atlas introduces the "playing board" of biblical history—using three–dimensional maps and photographic images to help the lands of the Bible come alive. The next section, arranged historically, begins with Eden and traces the historical progression of the Old and New Testaments. It provides an engaging, accurate, and faithful companion to God’s Word—illuminating the text with over one hundred full-color, multidimensional maps created with the help of Digital Elevation Modeling data. It concludes with chapters on the history of Jerusalem, the disciplines of historical geography, and the most complete and accurate listing and discussion of place-names found in any atlas. Throughout the Atlas, innovative graphics, chronological charts, and over one hundred specially selected images help illuminate the geographical and historical context of biblical events. The Zondervan Atlas of the Bible is destined to become a favorite guide to biblical geography for students of the Bible. This accessible and complete resource will assist you as you enter into the world of the Bible as never before.

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 The Trojan War: A New History
The Trojan War: A New History
Author: Barry Strauss
The Trojan War: A New History
Simon & Schuster
2006
Format: epub/pdf
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

The Trojan War is the most famous conflict in history, the subject of Homer's Iliad, one of the cornerstones of Western literature. Although many readers know that this literary masterwork is based on actual events, there is disagreement about how much of Homer's tale is true. Drawing on recent archeological research, historian and classicist Barry Strauss explains what really happened in Troy more than 3,000 years ago.
For many years it was thought that Troy was an insignificant place that never had a chance against the Greek warriors who laid siege and overwhelmed the city. In the old view, the conflict was decided by duels between champions on the plain of Troy. Today we know that Troy was indeed a large and prosperous city, just as Homer said. The Trojans themselves were not Greeks but vassals of the powerful Hittite Empire to the east in modern-day Turkey, and they probably spoke a Hittite-related language called Luwian. The Trojan War was most likely the culmination of a long feud over power, wealth, and honor in western Turkey and the offshore islands. The war itself was mainly a low-intensity conflict, a series of raids on neighboring towns and lands. It seems unlikely that there was ever a siege of Troy; rather some sort of trick -- perhaps involving a wooden horse -- allowed the Greeks to take the city.
Strauss shows us where Homer nods, and sometimes exaggerates and distorts, as well. He puts the Trojan War into the context of its time, explaining the strategies and tactics that both sides used, and compares the war to contemporary battles elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean. With his vivid reconstructions of the conflict and his insights into the famous characters and events of Homer's great epic, Strauss masterfully tells the story of the fall of Troy as history without losing the poetry and grandeur that continue to draw readers to this ancient tale.

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 The Uniqueness of Western Civilization
The Uniqueness of Western Civilization
Author: Ricardo Duchesne
The Uniqueness of Western Civilization
Brill
2012
Pages: 540
Format: PDF
Language : English
Size: 11 mb
Quality: Good

After challenging the multicultural effort to provincialize the history of Western civilization, this book argues that the roots of the Wests exceptional creativity should be traced back to the uniquely aristocratic warlike culture of Indo-European speakers.

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 The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders
The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders
Author: Peter Heather
The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes and Imperial Pretenders
Oxford University Press
2014
Format: epub
Size: 13.4 Mb
Language: English

In 476 AD, the last of Rome's emperors, known as "Augustulus," was deposed by a barbarian general, the son of one of Attila the Hun's henchmen. With the imperial vestments dispatched to Constantinople, the curtain fell on the Roman empire in Western Europe, its territories divided among successor kingdoms constructed around barbarian military manpower.
But, if the Roman Empire was dead, Romans across much of the old empire still lived, holding on to their lands, their values, and their institutions. The conquering barbarians, responding toRome's continuing psychological dominance and the practical value of many of its institutions, were ready to reignite the imperial flame and enjoy the benefits. As Peter Heather shows in dazzling biographical portraits, each of the three greatest immediate contenders for imperial power--Theoderic, Justinian, and Charlemagne--operated with a different power base but was astonishingly successful in his own way. Though each in turn managed to put back together enough of the old Roman West to stake a plausible claim to the Western imperial title, none of their empires long outlived their founders' deaths. Not until the reinvention of the papacy in the eleventh century would Europe's barbarians find the means to establish a new kind of Roman Empire, one that has lasted a thousand years.
A sequel to the bestselling Fall of the Roman Empire, The Restoration of Rome offers a captivating narrative of the death of an era and the birth of the Catholic Church.

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 Pompeii: A Sourcebook
Pompeii: A Sourcebook
Author: M.G.L. Cooley
Pompeii: A Sourcebook (Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World)
Routledge
2004
Format: PDF (rar+3%)
Size: 5,37 mb
Language: English
Pages: 269
With helpful introductions, notes and illustrations, this sourcebook will appeal to anyone with an interest in Pompeii and in daily life in Roman times. It is also designed to be directly relevant to those studying the Romans in translation, at school or university level.

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 Three Byzantine Military Treatises
Three Byzantine Military Treatises
Author: George T. Dennis
Three Byzantine Military Treatises
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
ISBN: 0884023397
1985
Format: PDF
Size: 16,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 396
Threatened on all sides by relentless enemies for a thousand years, the Byzantines needed ready armies and secure borders. To this end, experienced commanders compiled practical handbooks of military strategy. Three such manuals are presented here. The Anonymous Byzantine Treatise on Strategy was written by a retired combat engineer around the middle of the sixth century, while Skirmishing and Campaign Organization and Tactics date from the late tenth century and concern warfare in the mountains along the Syrian frontier and campaigns in the rugged terrain of the Balkans. These treatises provide information not only on tactics and weaponry but also on the motivations of the men who risked their lives to defend the empire.

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 The Villanovan, Etruscan, and Hellenistic Collections in the Detroit Institute of Arts
The Villanovan, Etruscan, and Hellenistic Collections in the Detroit Institute of Arts
The Villanovan, Etruscan, and Hellenistic Collections in the Detroit Institute of Arts
Author: Dr. David A. Caccioli
Brill
Monumenta Graeca Et Romana Vol.14
2009
ISBN: 978-90-04-17230-2
Pages: 253
Language: English
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 10 MB
The author is extremely grateful to William Peck, former Curator of Ancient Art, Elsie Peck, former Associate Curator of Ancient Art, Dr. Penelope Slough, former Associate Curator of Ancient Art, and the many current staff members of the Detroit Institute of Arts whose ceaseless efforts made this catalogue possible. These include Dr. Salvador Salort-Pons, Curator of European Art, Sylvia Inwood, Manager, Rights and Reproduction, Barbara Heller, Chief Conservator, and Christina Gibbs, Assistant Registrar.

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 La Leyenda de Ulises
La Leyenda de Ulises
Author: Peter Connolly
La Leyenda de Ulises
Grupo Anaya
1990
Format: PDF
Pages: 78
Language: Spanish
Size: 11 MB

Odysseus, also known by the Roman name Ulysses, was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and a hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. Odysseus also plays a key role in Homer's Iliad and other works in that same Epic Cycle.
Husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, and son of Laërtes and Anticlea, Odysseus is renowned for his brilliance, guile, and versatility (polytropos), and is hence known by the epithet Odysseus the Cunning (mētis, or "cunning intelligence"). He is most famous for the ten eventful years he took to return home after the decade-long Trojan War.

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 The Age of the Vikings
The Age of the Vikings
Author: Anders Winroth
The Age of the Vikings
Princeton University Press
2014
Format: epub/pdf
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

The Vikings maintain their grip on our imagination, but their image is too often distorted by medieval and modern myth. It is true that they pillaged, looted, and enslaved. But they also settled peacefully and developed a vast trading network. They traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships, not only to raid, but also to explore. Despite their fearsome reputation, the Vikings didn't wear horned helmets, and even the infamous berserkers were far from invincible.
By dismantling the myths, The Age of the Vikings allows the full story of this period in medieval history to be told. By exploring every major facet of this exciting age, Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage.
He not only explains the Viking attacks, but also looks at Viking endeavors in commerce, politics, discovery, and colonization, and reveals how Viking arts, literature, and religious thought evolved in ways unequaled in the rest of Europe. He shows how the Vikings seized on the boundless opportunities made possible by the invention of the longship, using it to venture to Europe for plunder, to open new trade routes, and to settle in lands as distant as Russia, Greenland, and the Byzantine Empire. Challenging the image of the Vikings that comes so easily to mind, Winroth argues that Viking chieftains were no more violent than men like Charlemagne, who committed atrocities on a far greater scale than the northern raiders.
Drawing on a wealth of written, visual, and archaeological evidence, The Age of the Vikings sheds new light on the complex society and culture of these legendary seafarers.

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 Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail
Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail
Author: William Ophuls
Immoderate Greatness: Why Civilizations Fail
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
2012
Format: pdf/epub
Size: 1.2 Mb
Language: English

"Immoderate Greatness" explains how a civilization’s very magnitude conspires against it to cause downfall. Civilizations are hard-wired for self-destruction. They travel an arc from initial success to terminal decay and ultimate collapse due to intrinsic, inescapable biophysical limits combined with an inexorable trend toward moral decay and practical failure. Because our own civilization is global, its collapse will also be global, as well as uniquely devastating owing to the immensity of its population, complexity, and consumption. To avoid the common fate of all past civilizations will require a radical change in our ethos—to wit, the deliberate renunciation of greatness—lest we precipitate a dark age in which the arts and adornments of civilization are partially or completely lost.

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 Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times
Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times
Author: Seán McGrail
Boats of the World: From the Stone Age to Medieval Times
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198144687
2002
Format: PDF
Size: 66,0 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 504
This is the first book to deal comprehensively with the archaeology of rafts, boats, and ships from the Stone Age to Medieval times. All the regions of the world are covered, from Atlantic Europe and the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, the China Sea, and the Pacific.

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 The Language of Empire: Rome and the Idea of Empire From the Third Century BC to the Second Century AD
The Language of Empire: Rome and the Idea of Empire From the Third Century BC to the Second Century AD
The Language of Empire: Rome and the Idea of Empire From the Third Century BC to the Second Century AD
Cаmbridge Univеrsity Prеss
Author: John Richardson
2009
Pages: 230
Format: PDF
Size: 1 mb
Language: English

The Roman Empire has been an object of fascination for the past two millennia, and the story of how a small city in central Italy came to dominate the whole of the Mediterranean basin, most of modern Europe and the lands of Asia Minor and the Middle East, has often been told. It has provided the model for European empires from Charlemagne to Queen Victoria and beyond, and is still the basis of comparison for investigators of modern imperialisms. By an exhaustive investigation of the changing meanings of certain key words and their use in the substantial remains of Roman writings and in the structures of Roman political life, this book seeks to discover what the Romans themselves thought about their imperial power in the centuries in which they conquered the known world and formed the empire of the first and second centuries AD.
Examines the language and the institutions of the Romans during the period in which they conquered the known world and created their empire. Changes in the meaning of some key words enable us to bypass modern assumptions about empire and discover what the Romans themselves thought they were doing.

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 The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood
The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood
Author: Irving Finkel
The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood
Nan A. Talese
2014
Format: epub
Size: 19.7 Mb
Language: English

The recent translation of a Babylonian tablet launches a groundbreaking investigation into one of the most famous stories in the world, challenging the way we look at ancient history.
Since the Victorian period, it has been understood that the story of Noah, iconic in the Book of Genesis, and a central motif in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, derives from a much older story that existed centuries before in ancient Babylon. But the relationship between the Babylonian and biblical traditions was shrouded in mystery. Then, in 2009, Irving Finkel, a curator at the British Museum and a world authority on ancient Mesopotamia, found himself playing detective when a member of the public arrived at the museum with an intriguing cuneiform tablet from a family collection. Not only did the tablet reveal a new version of the Babylonian Flood Story; the ancient poet described the size and completely unexpected shape of the ark, and gave detailed boat building specifications. Decoding this ancient message wedge by cuneiform wedge, Dr. Finkel discovered where the Babylonians believed the ark came to rest and developed a new explanation of how the old story ultimately found its way into the Bible. In The Ark Before Noah, Dr. Finkel takes us on an adventurous voyage of discovery, opening the door to an enthralling world of ancient voices and new meanings.

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 Les Vikings
Les Vikings
Author: Régis Boyer
Les Vikings
Plon
ISBN: 2259022367
2004
Format: PDF
Size: 45,7 МБ
Language: French
Pages: 442
Régis Boyer nous présente l'histoire et la civilisation des Vikings, s'appuyant sur les documents les plus recevables : archéologie et sources scandinaves strictement contemporaines de ces commerçants-pirates qui sévirent de 800 à 1050 environ dans tout l'Occident, y compris - et c'est là l'une des originalités de ce livre - à l'Est sur le front "russe". Les causes du phénomène, ses manifestations diverses aux cours des décennies, ses temps forts (découverte de l'Islande, du Groenland et de l'Amérique, fondation de la Russie, installation en Normandie et en Angleterre), et ses apports à notre histoire sont étudiés. Mais ce phénomène, unique dans nos annales, n'aurait pu se produire s'il n'avait été sous-tendu par une civilisation qui ruine les accusations de barbarie ou de sauvagerie si souvent portées contre ces "fiers enfants du Nord ". Cette culture, au sens large, est également illustrée ici. D'autre part, cet ouvrage s'attache à démystifier, démythifier le Viking qui ne fut ni une brute cruelle et sanguinaire, ni le bras de Dieu venu châtier l'Occident de ses prétendus péchés.

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 1000 Facts - Ancient Egypt
1000 Facts - Ancient Egypt
Author : Belinda Gallagher
: 1000 Facts - Ancient Egypt (1000 Facts on...)
Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd
: 2007
ISBN: 9781842369357
Pages: 224
Format : epub
Size : 14 MB
Language : English

This e-book provides a rich source of information with maximum impact and minimum clutter. Exactly 1000 facts are covered by 100 topics, each with 10 key points that provide a simple but memorable handle on the subject. Fascinating information panels as well as extended captions amplify this quick fire approach.

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 The Gallic War
The Gallic War
Author: Caesar
The Gallic War
HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
The Loeb Classical Library
Language: /English
1919 (Reprint 1958)
Format: PDF
Size: 28,01 mb
672

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 God's Wife, God's Servant: The God's Wife of Amun (ca.740-525 BC)
God's Wife, God's Servant: The God's Wife of Amun (ca.740-525 BC)
Author: Mariam F. Ayad
God's Wife, God's Servant The God's Wife of Amun (ca.740-525 BC)
Routledge
ISBN: 041541170X
2009
Format: PDF
Size: 15,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 232
Mariam F. Ayad explores how five women were elevated to a position of supreme religious authority. Drawing on a variety of textual, iconographic, and archaeological evidence, and containing fifty-one black and white and colour illustrations, the volume discusses this often neglected subject, placing the women within the broader context of the politically volatile, turbulent seventh and eighth centuries BCE.

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