Issue 34

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Borobudur

Babar Javed takes us to Borobudur, Java

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Ancient Greeks for Dummies, The

The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece Jenifer Neils British Museum Press, pb £14.99 The Ancient Greeks for Dummies Stephen Batchelor, John Wiley pb £15.99 What was the ‘legacy’ of the ancient Greeks? The answer, of course, is very little: an alliance of Greek aristocrats, Hellenistic kings, and Roman viceroys drained the wellspring of […]

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Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt, The

Alexandra has suffered badly. The once magnificent city has been a quarry for builders throughout the ages. In AD 836 it was robbed to build the city of Samarra in Iraq; in 1167 the magnificent Serapeum – converted by the ruffianly Theophilus into the church of St John the Baptist – was in its turn […]

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British Museum: Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece

The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Greece Jenifer Neils British Museum Press, pb £14.99 The Ancient Greeks for Dummies Stephen Batchelor, John Wiley pb £15.99 What was the ‘legacy’ of the ancient Greeks? The answer, of course, is very little: an alliance of Greek aristocrats, Hellenistic kings, and Roman viceroys drained the wellspring of […]

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Panorama of the Classical World

This title is a general survey of the classical world, but one which includes material on the Etruscans alongside the Greeks and Romans. Thematically based rather than chronologically organised, the book deals with basics like how people lived and how they organised their political lives, as well as with more artistic themes, and even explores […]

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Linear B Tablets

When Arthur Evans started digging at Knossos on Crete in 1900, a major aim was to find inscriptions and prove that the ancient Cretans had been literate.

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Shah ‘Abbas

The third of a series on great rulers, following on from the Chinese first Emperor and Hadrian. How does Shah ‘Abbas measure up to his predecessors?

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