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B oo k s i n An c ient Stud ies 2018

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Rome Northern Italy in the Roman World From the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity

Carolynn E. Roncaglia An in-depth study of how the Roman Empire influenced life, culture, and politics in northern Italy. 2018

256 pp., 10 halftones, 4 maps $44.95 hc


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The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire From the First Century CE to the Third revised and updated edition

Edward N. Luttwak A newly updated edition of this classic, hugely influential account of how the Romans defended their vast empire. 2016

296 pp., 10 line drawings, 15 maps $29.95 pb


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Patients and Healers in the High Roman Empire Ido Israelowich “An original, innovative, and provocative history of ancient medicine in the High Roman Empire from the patient’s point of view.” —Manfred Horstmanshoff, Leiden University 2015

208 pp., 3 halftones


$59.95 hc

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Rome’s Christian Empress Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire

Joyce E. Salisbury The page-turning account of Galla Placidia, a remarkable ruler at the twilight of the Roman Empire. 2015

248 pp., 11 halftones, 1 line drawing, 7 maps $34.95 hc Also available as an e-book


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The Day Commodus Killed a Rhino Understanding the Roman Games

Jerry Toner In ancient times, the Roman games—that heady cocktail of mass slaughter, gladiatorial combat, and chariot racing—made strong political, social, and cultural statements.

Witness to Ancient History, Gregory S. Aldrete, Series Editor 2014

144 pp., 6 halftones, 2 line drawings 978-1-4214-1586-4 $19.95 pb

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Rome Maternal Megalomania Julia Domna and the Imperial Politics of Motherhood

Julie Langford How the maternal image of the empress Julia Domna helped the Roman empire rule. 2013

232 pp., 30 b&w illus.


$58.00 hc

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The Annals of Quintus Ennius and the Italic Tradition Jay Fisher A fresh look at the multicultural influences on Quintus Ennius and his epic poem, the Annals. 2014

224 pp.


$69.95 hc

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Roman Literary Culture From Plautus to Macrobius second edition

Elaine Fantham “An important work, full of learning, which serves simultaneously to deepen our appreciation of Latin literature in its social context, to provoke further exploration of the questions the author raises, and to continue debate concerning certain of the answers.”—New England Classical Journal 2013

368 pp., 1 b&w illus.


$33.00 pb

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Chariot Racing in the Roman Empire Fik Meijer translated by Liz Waters

“Readers will find an excellent overview of our knowledge of ancient Roman chariot racing in this fairly short and readable book.” —Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010

208 pp., 19 halftones, 3 line drawings, 2 maps


$32.00 hc

Rome A Living Portrait of an Ancient City

Stephen L. Dyson


488 pp., 28 halftones, 16 line drawings $38.00 pb Also available as an e-book


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“This exploration of Rome and what happened there seeks not only to examine the physical and structural evolution of the city from earliest times until the early Christian era, but also to explore its social and cultural history.”—Oxbow Book News

Greece Persian Interventions The Achaemenid Empire, Athens, and Sparta, 450–386 BCE

John O. Hyland Persia’s relations with Greek city-states provide a fascinating case study in ancient imperialism. 2017

272 pp., 4 maps


$54.95 hc

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Athens Burning The Persian Invasion of Greece and the Evacuation of Attica

Robert Garland The gripping story of how the Athenians survived the Persian invasion of their homeland—one of the central events in ancient Greek history.

Witness to Ancient History, Gregory S. Aldrete, Series Editor 2016

184 pp., 8 halftones, 6 maps 978-1-4214-2196-4 $19.95 pb

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The Birth of Comedy Texts, Documents, and Art from Athenian Comic Competitions, 486–280

edited by Jeffrey Rusten translated by Jeffrey Henderson, David Konstan, Ralph Rosen, Jeffrey Rusten, and Niall W. Slater

A comprehensive look at all aspects of classical Greek comedy. 2011

816 pp., 42 halftones, 1 line drawing $49.95 pb


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Children and Childhood in Classical Athens second edition

Mark Golden A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Mark Golden’s groundbreaking study of childhood in ancient Greece. 2015

272 pp., 17 halftones


$24.95 pb

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The Battle of Arginusae Victory at Sea and Its Tragic Aftermath in the Final Years of the Peloponnesian War

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“A captivating account of the battle of Arginusae and its fateful consequences for the Athenians in their great struggle with Sparta. A gripping read.”—Lawrence A. Tritle, author of A New History of the Peloponnesian War

Witness to Ancient History, Gregory S. Aldrete, Series Editor 2015

152 pp., 4 halftones, 4 line drawings, 4 maps 978-1-4214-1681-6 $19.95 pb Also available as an e-book

Greece Approaches to Greek Myth second edition

edited by Lowell Edmunds “Well organized, edited, and arranged, this text is of unquestioned value to all teachers of mythology, to the advanced student of the classics, and to the research scholar, a welcome resource volume.”—Classical World 2014

480 pp., 2 line drawings, 3 maps, 10 plates $29.95 pb Also available as an e-book


Voices at Work Women, Performance, and Labor in Ancient Greece

Andromache Karanika “Drawing from a wealth of ancient and comparative sources, and harnessing a range of theoretical approaches, Karanika offers a landmark study of female labour and Greek poetics.”—Times Higher Education 2014

320 pp., 6 b&w photos


$59.95 hc

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Reconstructing Ancient Linen Body Armor Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery

Gregory S. Aldrete, Scott Bartell, and Alicia Aldrete A thorough and original study of the linothorax, the linen armor worn by Alexander the Great. 2013

304 pp., 21 b&w illus., 16 line drawings, 8 color plates $32.95 hc Also available as an e-book


The Poetics of Consent Collective Decision Making and the Iliad

David F. Elmer The Iliad’s depiction of politics reveals that the poem is the product of a broad consensus of performers and audiences across generations. 2012

336 pp.


$58.00 hc

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Reading Herodotus A Guided Tour through the Wild Boars, Dancing Suitors, and Crazy Tyrants of The History

Debra Hamel Hamel takes us on a delightful, audacious romp through The History of the Persian Wars. 360 pp., 5 halftones, 9 line drawings $32.95 pb

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Translations from Antiquity The Other Four Plays of Sophocles Ajax, Women of Trachis, Electra, and Philoctetes

Sophocles translated by David R. Slavitt

Famed translator David Slavitt lends his distinctly contemporary voice to four lesser-known plays of Sophocles. 2013

272 pp.


$22.95 pb

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Cut These Words into My Stone Ancient Greek Epitaphs

translated by Michael Wolfe foreword by Richard P. Martin

The lively ancient epitaphs in this bilingual collection fit together like small mosaic tiles, forming a vivid portrait of Greek society. 2012

208 pp.


$27.95 pb

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The Orphic Hymns translation, introduction, and notes by Apostolos N. Athanassakis and Benjamin M. Wolkow The only English translation of the mysterious and cosmic Greek poetry known as the Orphic Hymns. 2013

280 pp.


$25.95 pb

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The Iliad Homer translated by Edward McCrorie with an introduction and notes by Erwin F. Cook

Edward McCrorie offers a new verse translation of the Iliad, capturing the meaning and music of Homer’s original Greek.

Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity 2012

552 pp., 1 line drawing


$28.00 pb

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Homer translated by Edward McCrorie with an introduction and notes by Richard P. Martin

“[As] close to the original as is possible without reading the original Greek. It is refreshing, accurate, and direct.”—Bloomsbury Review

Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity 2004 472 pp.


$24.00 pb

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The Ancient World Essential Readings in Medicine and Religion Gary B. Ferngren and Ekaterina N. Lomperis An indispensable collection of sources chronicling the relationship between medicine and religion from ancient to modern times. 2017

$32.95 pb

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Creatures Born of Mud and Slime The Wonder and Complexity of Spontaneous Generation

Daryn Lehoux How did the concept of spontaneous generation survive for so long?

Singleton Center Books in Premodern Europe 2017

192 pp., 1 halftone


Theodore Ziolkowski “Ziolkowski has read everything, taking even a 3,000-page German novel in his stride, and summarizes and analyses his material fascinatingly for lesser mortals.”—Times Literary Supplement 2016

296 pp.


Cults and Conspiracies A Literary History

248 pp.


$24.95 pb

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Comic Democracies From Ancient Athens to the American Republic

Angus Fletcher The forgotten history of comedy’s contribution to world democracy. 2016

224 pp.


$49.95 hc

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Women’s Life in Greece and Rome A Source Book in Translation fourth edition

Mary R. Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant The essential collection of source materials on the lives of women in the ancient world. 2016

496 pp., 40 b&w illus.


$32.00 pb

The Mediterranean World From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Napoleon

Monique O’Connell and Eric R Dursteler An interdisciplinary approach to the Mediterranean’s rich, multicultural history. 2016

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352 pp., 25 color illus., 68 halftones, 8 maps $34.95 pb Also available as an e-book


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Forthcoming Series SOCIAL STRUCTURES OF THE GRECO-ROMAN WORLD: James Ker and Emily Mackil, Series Editors Think Like a Roman

Empire of Eloquence

Studies in Cognitive History

Roman Rhetoric from the Death of Cicero to Late Antiquity

Andrew Riggsby

Pindar’s Material Imaginary Things, Territories, Politics

Leslie Kurke and Richard Neer

Judicial Review and Athenian Democracy

Christopher S. van den Berg

Personhood and Authorship in Classical Rome Thomas Habinek

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