Saluting the Yellow Emperor: A Case of Swedish Sinography

"Saluting the Yellow Emperor" tells the fascinating story of a group of Swedish scholars who rediscovered the pronunciation of the Chinese classics, buried Silk Road cities, and a Chinese Stone Age, while spiriting antiquities out of Asia. Mining Swedish archives and drawing on letters, diaries, personal papers, and published accounts, it is the first collective history on this group of China scholars. In his analysis, Perry Johansso...

Ancient Graffiti in Context

"This volume as a whole challenges more traditional viewpoints regarding who is scribbling on walls and objects, literacy levels and multilingualism, and the subversive nature of this type of speech act, whilst clearly demonstrating the ubiquitous nature of graffiti...the use of new methodological approaches and the examination of graffiti in a broader chronological and geographical context are thought provoking, and should stimulate...

The Story of the Bodmer Papyri: From the First Monaster's Library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin

"Only James M. Robinson--based largely on first-hand experience--could recall, review, and evaluate the intricate details of the discovery and collection of the Dishn_ papers, which became part of the "Bodmer papyri." In a detective-like fashion, he traces the complex history of this sizable collection, utilizing conversations, letters, and reports from native discoverers, Egyptian antiquities dealers, collectors of manuscripts, muse...

Man and the Word: The Orations of Himerius

This fully annotated volume offers the first English translation of the orations of Himerius of Athens, a prominent teacher of rhetoric in the fourth century A.D. Man and the Word contains 79 surviving orations and fragments of orations in the grand tradition of imperial Greek rhetoric. The speeches, a rich source on the intellectual life of late antiquity, capture the flavor of student life in Athens, illuminate relations in the edu...

Maya after War: Conflict, Power, and Politics in Guatemala

An excellent exploration of how a legacy of violence has shaped the Maya of Todos Santos Cuchumatán, a town in the far western highlands of Guatemala. ...Maya After War is important reading for anyone interested in the contemporary Mayan of Guatemala and how they cope (and sometimes not) with a legacy of civil war coupled with a future shaped by a failing state. This is the story of an incredibly stoic, resilient people who must conf...

Current Research in Egyptology

The fourteenth Current Research in Egyptology conference, held at the University of Cambridge in March 2013 brought together speakers and attendees from six continents and hosted more than 50 presentations covering multiple aspects of Egyptology and its related fields. The aim of the conference was to cross cultural and disciplinary boundaries. The papers presented in these proceedings reflect this aim by presenting current research ...

The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost

"Why do so many generals overpromise and under-deliver, from Breitenfeld to Basra? We buy the hype because we want quick results at low cost. Yet the blood-sodden reality is almost always quite different. In seeking the Allure of Battle, Cathal Nolan draws on the broad sweep on Western military history. He explains what went wrong, and why, with wit, insight, and a knowing eye for the heroes and cads who made it so. Battles rarely de...

The Cattle of the Sun: Cows and Culture in the World of the Ancient Greeks

"Through the Greeks' apparent devotion to agriculture and our modern overvaluing of that agriculture, we have failed to perceive the essential pastoral ethos of ancient Greek life. Once we put aside our blinders, we see that many aspects of Greek culture, most prominently large-animal sacrifice and public feasting, are attributable to a long devotion to bovid production. This engaging and confident book argues the idea convincingly."...

Chariots and Other Wheeled Vehicles in Italy Before the Roman Empire

This study presents evidence for transport by wheeled vehicle in Italy before the Roman Imperial period, the beginning of which is often thought to be marked by Augustus's conquest of Egypt in 30 BC. Three categories of wheeled vehicle documented for the period are studied: the chariot, two-wheeled carts and four-wheeled wagons. A wide range of evidence is drawn upon including figured documents such as architectural terracottas, ston...