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The Eunuch in Byzantine History and Society (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)
The Eunuch in Byzantine History and Society (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)
by Shaun Tougher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.99

5.0 out of 5 stars What an absolutely interesting book!, 20 April 2013
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Tougher's book serves as a great introduction to the institution and importance of eunuchs in Byzantine society, one of the few societies where eunuchs had prominent roles. It is more of a survey than an in-depth analysis of the institution, but his study throws light on the particularities of eunuch roles in Byzantium, and how the institution and its perception changed throughout the different periods of Byzantine history. The book is written in a clear, well-structured style that makes it highly readable. I really enjoyed this book and it's definitely worth reading before embarking on more specialised studies of eunuchs in Byzantium, as it gives all the background necessary for approaching this interesting topic.


From Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, an Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy
From Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, an Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy
by Angeliki Kottaridi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.74

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little catalogue, 20 April 2013
This catalogue is the most up-to-date, affordable introduction to Macedonia, its history and archaeology (two companions to Macedonia appeared recently, but both cost over £100 at the time of this review). There is some repetition of information between the essays, but that should not deter the interested reader. Some of the material presented has never been published before, some other objects are discussed in detail for the first time in English (their previous discussions were in Greek), while well-known material is presented under the new light shed by recent excavations in Macedonia. On top of that, the photographs are of the highest quality. This is a book for non-academics wanting to learn something new about one of the most exciting periods of Greek history, in one of the most interesting archaeological regions of modern Greece. It is also an excellent introduction to undergraduate students of classical archaeology and history.


Childhood in Ancient Athens: Iconography and Social History (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)
Childhood in Ancient Athens: Iconography and Social History (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)
by Lesley A. Beaumont
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £110.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely necessary and wonderful, 20 April 2013
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This is one of the most useful books on the subject of children in ancient Athens, and absolutely necessary for students and scholars of ancient Greek social history and especially childhood. Beaumont's mastery of the sources is evident throughout the book. The focus is on the iconographic sources from the 6th to the 4th century BC, and her analysis shows the wealth of information we can get from the study of visual material (material which has often been used as mere illustration of written sources without understanding of artistic conventions). Her prose is clear and precise, making the book accessible to non-academics with a serious interest in ancient Greek social history, while for advanced undergraduates of ancient Greek history and archaeology, as well as graduates and scholars in the fields of social history, classical archaeology and history of childhood studies, this book is absolutely necessary and invaluable.


A Classical Primer: Ancient Knowledge for Modern Minds
A Classical Primer: Ancient Knowledge for Modern Minds
by Dan Crompton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.48

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says on the tin!, 14 Sept. 2012
A Classical Primer is a small, but fun introduction to Greek and Roman culture: from language to science, and from history to literature, which shows that the Greeks may not have invented everything, but they definitely tried. As for the Romans, they definitely were more than mad, bad and dangerous to know. The information is given in small, easily digestible chapters, and the best part is that it's all written in a light-hearted, fun manner. I'd definitely recommend it for people interested in ancient Greek and Roman civilization, but with little knowledge of it.


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