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The Aegean from Bronze Age to Iron Age: Continuity and Change Between the Twelfth and Eighth Centuries BC
The Aegean from Bronze Age to Iron Age: Continuity and Change Between the Twelfth and Eighth Centuries BC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting., 31 Dec 2013
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This book tackles whether the 'Greek' Dark Ages ever existed and put forward a revised chronology for the period. Although well written, engaging and thoughtful, there is little or no dialogue from those who oppose such ideas.


In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
by Tom Holland
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did I read the same book as other reviewers?, 1 Nov 2012
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I found this book deeply frustrating. While Holland writes beautifully his style often obfuscates important details and fails to flag key points. More worryingly, he has a tendency to waffle and repetition. This combined with the loose chronological structure of the work makes the book, in my opinion, hard to read. Of equal concern is the content of the thesis. My understanding was that `In the Shadow of the Sword' would undertake to lay bare the origins of Islam, but there is precious little academic enquiry here. Rather, the work focuses on the political, religious and geopolitical struggle that took place between the Persian, Eastern Roman Empire and developments within Arabia as a whole. In doing so, the narrative is very much held together by ancient historians (and their verbose comments which Holland takes delight in weaving into the story), influential leaders and key dates, at the cost of less elite individuals and communities, archaeological and scriptural/textual evidence - surely the there must be a plethora of `other' information here that would be more informative about the origins of early Islam?
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Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR Digital Camera - Red (16MP, 15 x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen
Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR Digital Camera - Red (16MP, 15 x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Screen

15 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost out to the Sony DSC-HX9V, 14 Nov 2011
The F600 looks great and ticks most of the boxes, but in the end I opted for the Sony DSC-HX9V. There was, in the back of my mind, the concern that the F600 was merely a revamped F550 with all of its associated problems. What stole it though was the ability of the video on the Sony to focus on a moving target, which the Fuji struggled with, as highlighted by the first reviewer for this product on Amazon UK.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money., 29 Jun 2011
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I bought this book (I use the term lightly) as a source for inscriptional evidence for the network of pre-Roman tribes within the region of Northwest Iberia. However, the pamphlet doesn't really provide any information and simply reiterates what is included in wikipedia's entry on the subject, which rarely extends beyond 'The Interamici were a pre-Roman tribe of Northwest Iberia'. A waste of time, money and effort. I would have returned the booklet but chucked it in the bin instead and saved myself the hassle of posting it back to the seller.


Corsair CMFUSB2.0-8GB 8GB Flash Voyager Water Resistant Flash Drive
Corsair CMFUSB2.0-8GB 8GB Flash Voyager Water Resistant Flash Drive
Price: 7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterproof, 10 Feb 2011
Just to confirm the Corsair is waterproof. Mine spent 40 mins in the washing machine, the USB connection point is dry and the files contained on the memory stick are retrievable and undamaged. I also double-checked files could be uploaded and viewed. No problem.


Rosetta Stone Version 3: Spanish (Spain) Level 1 with Audio Companion (Mac/PC CD)
Rosetta Stone Version 3: Spanish (Spain) Level 1 with Audio Companion (Mac/PC CD)

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced yet, 25 Jan 2011
I've yet to make my mind up about Rosetta Stone language course. They're hellishly expensive and their advert on TV of a British lady asking for some red apples 'quiera comprar unos manzanas' should be 'quiero comprar unas manzanas'. Pedantic yes, as can she can easily be understood but I hardly find it encouraging.
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Burmese for Beginners. Roman & script. Book: Roman and Script
Burmese for Beginners. Roman & script. Book: Roman and Script
by G. Mesher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Burmese for Beginners, 7 Nov 2009
I completely agree with the first reviewer that 'Burmese for Beginners' provides a comprehensive and enjoyable way of learning the language. Yes, the CDs are a must and this is where the strength of the language course lies, in the listenings it provides. There are also a series of themed chapters with a comprehensive vocabulary, which deal the types of situations one may encounter while visiting Burma/Myanmar, such as ordering food, discussing travel plans...et cetera.
Where Mesher (the author) is less successful is in teaching you the script, which is poorly laid out and explained in 'Burmese for Beginners'. I think I would have struggled with written Burmese had I confined myself to the book, but in reality the script is not that confusing if properly taught, and after a few weeks begins to make perfect sense.
As for the 'tones', you begin to get to grips with them very quickly. The listenings in 'Burmese for Beginners' are not only invaluable as there is so little extant student audio Burmese, but also contextualise tonal words within the sentence as a whole. This allows you to; (a) identify one tone against another; and (b) learn the rhythmic structure of the Burmese sentence.
Nevertheless, if you're serious about learning the language, script and all, you really need to find a native teacher or attend class.


The Origins of the British: A Genetic Detective Story
The Origins of the British: A Genetic Detective Story
by Stephen Oppenheimer
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 Jun 2009
I found Stephen Oppenheimer's tome utterly fascinating and a thoroughly rewarding read. Yes there are typos, but the core ideas are well argued and the author draws extensively on archaeological, anthropological, historical and genetic-based research. Despite completing a PhD in Roman Archaeology at UCL I too found 'The Origins of the British' bloody hard going and would recommend; (a) that you read the conclusion before reading the chapter, and (b) read the book twice!


Levv Glass Stand Up to 50-inch with Chrome Legs For Plasma/LCD TV - Black
Levv Glass Stand Up to 50-inch with Chrome Legs For Plasma/LCD TV - Black
Offered by The Plasma Centre
Price: 54.99

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous!, 10 Jan 2009
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This item is dangerous! Having had experience with IKEA products we doubled checked the glass shelves and the components before assembling the TV stand. During the night the bottom shelf 'exploded' sending glass across the living room and waking up a friend who was sleeping on our sofa bed. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and I'm relieved it wasn't the top shelf that 'exploded' as our new TV was positioned on that. Not a happy experience!


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