This jaunt across the ancient world is a new venture from the makers of the excellent Blue Guides travel series. However, gone is the information on hotels, car hire, or opening times; banished is the pocket-sized, closely-typed format. Rather, this is a handsomely illustrated coffee-table book, published in glorious high-gloss, and intended to be enjoyed at leisure. Nonetheless, as is expected from a regular Blue Guide, it is replete with clear plans, time-lines, and boxed-up pieces on allied topics, allowing the reader to explore such subjects as The Vindolanda Tablets, or indeed Christianity as a Mystery Religion.
Offering a good, clear introduction to the wider Classical world, this book would make the perfect Christmas gift for any travel-hungry friend who wants to skip lightly across many of the world’s most alluring sites – without ever leaving their arm-chair.
This article is an extract from the full article published in World Archaeology Issue 38. Click here to subscribe