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Review: The Fate of Rome

The Fate of Rome: climate, disease, and the end of an empire Kyle Harper Princeton University Press, £27.95 ISBN 978-0691166834 Review by: Nadia Durrani By AD 650, the Roman Empire was but a shadow of its former self. Many have explored the reasons for its demise, but no one has yet considered the joint contribution […]

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Review: Egyptian Art

Egyptian Art Bill Manley Thames & Hudson, £12.95 ISBN 978-0500204283 Review by: Lucia Marchini The arts of ancient Egypt have had enduring popularity, inspiring Roman frescoes and funerary monuments, Egyptian revival architecture in the 19th century, and Art Deco jewellery. Tutankhamun’s mask remains one of the most familiar images of archaeology, and this new guide […]

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Review: The Diversity of Hunter-Gatherer Pasts

The Diversity of Hunter-Gatherer Pasts Bill Finlayson and Graeme Warren (eds) Oxbow Books, £36 ISBN 978-1785705885 Review by: George Nash In the recent past, there has been a tendency to be cautious when applying anthropology to assist in understanding archaeology. While many will agree with this notion per se, anthropology can be a useful tool […]

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Review: Built on Bones

Built on Bones: 15,000 years of urban life and death Brenna Hassett Bloomsbury, £16.99 ISBN 978-1472922939 Review by: Lucia Marchini More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and the proportion is only set to increase. Cities, though, have long presented a range of hazards, such as infectious diseases and interpersonal violence. […]

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Review: Protecting the Roman Empire

Protecting the Roman Empire: fortlets, frontiers, and the quest for post-conquest security Matthew Symonds Cambridge University Press, £75 ISBN 978-1108421553 Review by: David J Breeze First, a declaration of interest: I read a draft of this book, and several of my illustrations appear in it. I do not think that either aspect will affect how […]

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Review: Roman Artefacts and Society

Roman Artefacts and Society: design, behaviour, and experience Ellen Swift Oxford University Press, £85 ISBN 978-0198785262 Review: Matthew Fittock Offering a fresh approach to Roman material culture studies, this book shows how design theory can help us understand the interplay between object design, production, and function, and how this reflects changes in social behaviour and […]

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Review: The Power of Place

The Power of Place: rulers and their palaces, landscapes, cities, and holy places David Rollason Princeton University Press, £41.95 ISBN 978-0691167626 Review by: Stuart Brookes The central theme of this enthralling and beautifully produced book is that rulers designed the worlds around them to send messages of power. In the case of palaces, such a […]

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Review: Golden Kingdoms

Golden Kingdoms: luxury arts in the ancient Americas Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy Potts, and Kim N Richter (eds) Getty Publications, £50 ISBN 978-1606065488 Reviewed by: Lucia Marchini To this day, gold remains a symbol of luxury and quality. The precious metal was much coveted in early modern Europe too, particularly when Christopher Columbus reached Central America […]

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Review: The Etruscans

The Etruscans: lost civilizations Lucy Shipley Reaktion Books, £15 ISBN 978-1780238326 Reviewed by: Andrew Selkirk Who were the mysterious Etruscans? Lucy Shipley, who is now one of the whizzkids at Andante Travels, wrote her doctoral thesis on Etruscan pottery, and here, in the latest instalment of Reaktion’s series on ‘Lost Civilizations’, she sets out to […]

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Review: Archaeology – the whole story

Archaeology: the whole story Paul Bahn (ed.) Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ISBN 978-0500292761 Review by: Lucia Marchini Guiding the reader through 4 million years of archaeology, this new book covers major sites and discoveries across the world, offering a broad overview of different periods on a global scale. It could be described as an encyclopaedic […]

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Review: Roman Frontier Studies 2009

Roman Frontier Studies 2009 N Hodgson, P Bidwell, and J Schachtmann (eds) Archaeopress, £90.00 ISBN 978-1784915902 Review by: Matthew Symonds Every three years students and scholars of Roman frontiers gather to discuss the latest discoveries and thoughts. A lasting memento of these meetings is usually issued a few years later in the form of a […]

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Review: Houses of Ill Repute

Houses of Ill Repute: the archaeology of brothels, houses, and taverns in the Greek world Allison Glazebrook and Barbara Tsakirgis (eds) University of Pennsylvania Press, £58.00 ISBN 978-0812247565 Review by: Andrew Selkirk How can you recognise an ancient brothel? It is best to begin by identifying the andron, the room where the inhabitants of a […]

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