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The Blood Crows (Roman Legion)
The Blood Crows (Roman Legion)
by Simon Scarrow
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Plus in Roman Britain., 15 Nov. 2013
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The two friends, one now a prefect, having married a senator's daughter, return to Britain and are soon in action. A book that is hard to put down, as well as being marked by a considerable degree of historical fact.
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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.58

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Historical Muddle, 15 Nov. 2013
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Contains a great deal of special pleading, numerous errors of historical fact, although the idea that Jesus had been a rebel against the rule of Judea by the Romans, even if exercised by Jewish collaborators is anything but new or novel. Despite its many deficiencies, which include a failure to address the problem that there is not a shred of contemporary evidence that an itinerant Galilean preacher who mixed moralistic platitudes with bloodthirsty threats, who was known as Jesus (Yeshua) existed. A much overrated book .
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Discovery of Egypt: Vivant Demon's Travels With Napoleon's Army
Discovery of Egypt: Vivant Demon's Travels With Napoleon's Army
by Terrence M. Russell
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Scholars Investigate Ancient Egypt, 8 May 2013
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The French savant Vivant Denon was one of a group of scholars that accompanied Napoleon's army when it invaded Egypt. His observations made in the course of his travels around the country remain important to this day. Of course the language of the ancient Egyptians could not then be read, nevertheless he made some reasonably acurate guesses as to meanings. Not the easiest book to read but well worth doing so.


The Myth of Nazareth: The Invented Town of Jesus / Scholar's Edition
The Myth of Nazareth: The Invented Town of Jesus / Scholar's Edition
by Rene Salm
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Claims Challenged, 8 May 2013
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Was there a place called Nazareth extant in the first century? As the author points out there is no reference to it in any Jewish and Roman source, indeed, the first time the name appears in writing seem to have occurred in the fourth century. A well reasoned work that challenges many a claim.


Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [DVD]
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Romp, 8 May 2013
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A bit far fetched even by Star Trek standards, nevertheless entertaining and will no doubt be well received by "Trekkies"


American Egyptologist: The Life of James Henry Breasted and the Creation of His Oriental Institute
American Egyptologist: The Life of James Henry Breasted and the Creation of His Oriental Institute
by Jeffrey Abt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Egyptology, 20 Mar. 2013
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Breasted was brought up as an evangelical Christian but eventually became what we might now describe as a Humanist, Despite this he managed to secure substantial financial assistance from the Baptist multi-millionaire. Breasted established a scheme to record all the texts and illustrations on the Egyptian monuments. he was not alone in this, Belzoni did some wonderful drawings of what they showed on upper-class Egyptian life.

This will probably be accepted as the definitive life of Breasted's life. It is not a book to read in bed, it is too heavy. It is better appreciated if you have some knowledge of Egyptology.


Belzoni: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate
Belzoni: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate
by Ivor Noel Hume
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A Giant of a Man, 20 Mar. 2013
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There are two or three biographies of Belzoni, the circus strongman turned engineer, not that he was much of a success in this. He then turned to collecting Egyptian antiquities, being opposed by the Italian Drovetti, who had sought to corner the market. If one visits the Egyptian sculpture gallery at the British Museum you will see there a monolithic head with Belzoni's name carved below.
This book makes fascinating reading.


The Wolf's Gold:  Empire V (Empire series)
The Wolf's Gold: Empire V (Empire series)
by Anthony Riches
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fact and Fiction, but which?, 20 Mar. 2013
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An interesting blend of fact and fiction that at times can be difficult to identify what is what. Nevertheless worth reading.


Americans in Egypt, 1770-1915: Explorers, Consuls, Travelers, Soldiers, Missionaries, Writers and Scientists
Americans in Egypt, 1770-1915: Explorers, Consuls, Travelers, Soldiers, Missionaries, Writers and Scientists
by Cassandra Vivian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.50

3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Grumble, 20 Mar. 2013
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A good survey but with a definite bias to American parochialism which resents what the author imagines to play down the American contribution to Egypt's development.


Is This Not The Carpenter?: The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus (Copenhagen International Seminar)
Is This Not The Carpenter?: The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus (Copenhagen International Seminar)
by Thomas L. Thompson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.11

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus the carpenter, but was he?, 22 Jan. 2013
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There seems to have been an explosion of interest in the myth hypothesis of Christian origins of late, of which this is the latest work I have read on the subject. The first thing to be said about this academically oriented collection of papers is that to appreciate many of them some knowledge of the subject matter is essential, without this the impact of the contributors', for the most part academics with the relevant qualifications, arguments cannot be fully appreciated, or, dare I suggest?, understood.

This is a book for people with a serious interest in the arguments for the myth hypothesis, The contributors provide the all important scholarly references which point readers in the direction of additional source material, or further clarify points the writers are making, or the reasons why. I found it of value that these reference appear at the bottom of the pages rather than be grouped at the read or the papers or the book. A general index would have been of value, although there is an index of references and one of authors.

Essentially, a book intended, I suspect, for hostile academics and one to be read thoughtfully in order to appreciate the impact of its arguments.


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