Publisher, Philosophy, Political Theory & Ancient World
Our list takes a broad disciplinary and geographically inclusive approach to understanding humanity’s ancient past, with an emphasis on seeing ancient civilizations as fluid sites of crosscultural interaction. Drawing on ancient history, archaeology, classics, mythology, philosophy, religion, and art history, it is informed by well-established approaches to textual and archaeological evidence, as well as by new methodologies. Covering regions from the Greco-Roman world to Egypt and the ancient Near East, and from Central Asia to East Asia, our books illuminate new ways of understanding ancient cultures, peoples, politics, philosophies, literary texts, and religions, and how these inform our present.
Judith Barringer on Olympia: A Cultural History
The memory of ancient Olympia lives on in the form of the modern Olympic Games. But in the ancient era, Olympia was renowned for far more than its athletic contests.
A look inside The War for Gaul: A New Translation
Caesar deserves to be compared with Alexander the Great. No one before or since comes close.
Book Club Pick: 1177 B.C.
This month’s Book Club Pick is Eric Cline’s bestselling book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. As we head into summer, this bold and breathtaking book is a terrific book club choice and it is sure to lead to lively discussion.
Ridding ourselves of a demagogue: What the ancient Greeks would have thought of impeachment
In 471 BCE, the politician and renowned general Themistocles was exiled from Athens for ten years by a vote of some six thousand Athenians.
Listen in: Rome Is Burning
According to legend, the Roman emperor Nero set fire to his majestic imperial capital on the night of July 19, AD 64 and fiddled while the city burned. It’s a story that has been told for more than two millennia—and it’s likely that almost none of it is true.
Leadership in a time of crisis: Nero and the Great Fire of Rome
There is one political failing that people seem unable to forgive. In the case of George W. Bush it was not the bitterly divisive invasion of Iraq that blighted his presidential image, nor was Donald Trump’s belligerent governing style his most serious liability in the 2020 election.