Articles in this category deal with texts from the ancient world, secondary literature, and modern fiction based on Antiquity.
Jason Morris reviews Seth Bernard’s Building Mid-Republican Rome: Labor, Architecture, and the Urban Economy, published in 2018.
War drives society to the limits of civility. This is beautifully illustrated in a surviving fragment of the Annals of Ennius.
Academic publishing is a pricey industry for consumers, which is why it is nice to find a collection of books well-worth their price.
It is not easy to summarise Greek warfare in a single work. Matthew Sears’ Understanding Greek Warfare pulls it off by not rattling any cages.
Were ancient figures all that they were cracked up to be? A brief look at the historiography of Epaminondas should make us wary of accepting everything we read in our sources.
Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn’s Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice is required reading if you’re interested in archaeology.
The early history of Rome is dominated by its rivalry with the Etruscan city of Veii, just up the Tiber. Until now, Anglophone readers had few resources to explore the latter’s story.
Classics in Extremis (2019), edited by Edmund Richardson, looks to the “margins” to better understand classical receptions.
A well-known legend of early Rome describes Horatius Cocles almost single-handedly defending a bridge against Etruscan aggressors.
Many ancient Greek and Roman epics were left either unfinished or had enough loose strings to warrant continuation by later writers.