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Bigiaretti - Figura etrusca. Bigiaretti, Libero. Figura etrusca. First Edition. Ivrea, Ing. C. Colivetti e C., 1955. 28.5cm x 39cm. 16 pages with 12 colour plates. Original paperback (softcover). Very good condition with some stronger signs of wear to the binding. The pages inside cleanly detached.

Etruscan civilization is the modern English name given to a civilization of ancient Italy in the area corresponding roughly to Tuscany, western Umbria, and northern Latium. The ancient Romans called its creators the Tusci or Etrusci. Their Roman name is the origin of the terms Tuscany, which refers to their heartland, and Etruria, which can refer to their wider region.

In Attic Greek, the Etruscans were known as (Tyrrhe-nioi), earlier Tyrsenoi, from which the Romans derived the names Tyrrhe-ni (Etruscans), Tyrrhe-nia (Etruria), and Mare Tyrrhe-num (Tyrrhenian Sea). The Etruscans called themselves Rasenna, which was syncopated to Rasna or Ras'na.

As distinguished by its unique language, this civilization endured from the time of the earliest Etruscan inscriptions (ca. 700 BCE) until its assimilation into the Roman Republic in the 1st century BC. At its maximum extent, during the foundational period of Rome and the Roman kingdom, it flourished in three confederacies of cities: of Etruria, of the Po valley with the eastern Alps, and of Latium and Campania. Culture that is identifiably Etruscan developed in Italy after about 800 BC approximately over the range of the preceding Iron Age Villanovan culture. The latter gave way in the 7th century to a culture that was influenced by Greek traders and Greek neighbours in Magna Graecia, the Hellenic civilization of southern Italy. After 500 BC the political destiny of Italy passed out of Etruscan hands. (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Antike, Antiquity, Books / Art, Etrusker, Etruskische Kunst

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Bingen, Hellenistic Egypt: Monarchy, Society, Economy, Culture. Bingen, Jean. Hellenistic Egypt: Monarchy, Society, Economy, Culture. Edited and with an introduction by Roger S. Bagnall. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2007. 15.5 x 23.5cm. (20), 302 pages, with maps. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only some minor text markings.

Hellenistic Egypt was a society created by Macedonian rule of the ancient civilisation of Egypt. It is framed by Alexander the Great at one end and Cleopatra VII at the other. This book sums up a lifetime of Jean Bingen's work on understanding how this state and its monarchy were created and sustained, how Greeks and Egyptians formed separate and yet connected parts of the society, and how the peculiar circumstances of the Ptolemaic kingdom created both opportunities and insoluble tensions. Like all of Bingen's work, it is marked by the influence of cultural sociology but is rooted in a deep knowledge of the Greek world. It is essential reading for students and accessible and fascinating reading for the general public interested in ancient history. It is introduced by Roger S. Bagnall and ends with a conclusion by Jean Bingen in which he reflects on the course of the history of Ptolemaic Egypt during the twentieth century. [From jacket notes]

Keywords: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greek, Antiquity, Egypt, History, History of Culture, History of Egypt

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Freed - Ramesses the Great. Freed, Rita E. Ramesses the Great. Presented by the Boston Museum of Science in Cooperation with the Egyptian Antiquities Organization. Third Edition. Boston, Boston Museum of Science, 1988. 23cm x 31cm. 215 pages. Original paperback (softcover). Very good condition with only minor signs of wear.

Includes for example: Structures in History : 'The Materials Beneath Form and Colour'/ Egyptian Chronology/ Map of Egypt and the Ancient Near East/ Map of Egypt and Nubia/ The Colossus of Memphis/ Eggleston's Egypt/ Ramesses the Great : His Life and World/ A Pharaoh's Heritage/ Builder of an empire/ Warrior and Peacemaker/ The Royal Family/ The King Divine and Eternal/ Egypt in teh Ramesside Age: Worship of the Gods/ The Wealth of the Realm/Governance of the Kingdom/ the life of the People/ Quest for Immortality/ An Eternal Dwelling Place/ Death of a King/ Journey to the Netherworld/ Aftermath: Desecration and Loss/ Afterlife: Greatness Remembered/

Ramesses II (c. 1303 BC – July or August 1213 BC) referred to as Ramesses the Great, was the third Egyptian pharaoh (reigned 1279 BC – 1213 BC) of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire. His successors and later Egyptians called him the "Great Ancestor." Ramesses II led several military expeditions into the Levant, re-asserting Egyptian control over Canaan. He also led expeditions to the south, into Nubia, commemorated in inscriptions at Beit el-Wali and Gerf Hussein.

At age fourteen, Ramesses was appointed Prince Regent by his father Seti I. He is believed to have taken the throne in his late teens and is known to have ruled Egypt from 1279 BC to 1213 BC for 66 years and 2 months, according to both Manetho and Egypt's contemporary historical records. He was once said to have lived to be 99 years old, but it is more likely that he died in his 90th or 91st year. If he became Pharaoh in 1279 BC as most Egyptologists today believe, he would have assumed the throne on May 31, 1279 BC, based on his known accession date of III Shemu day 27. Ramesses II celebrated an unprecedented 14 sed festivals (the first held after thirty years of a pharaoh's reign, and then every three years) during his reign—more than any other pharaoh. On his death, he was buried in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings; his body was later moved to a royal cache where it was discovered in 1881, and is now on display in the Cairo Museum.

The early part of his reign was focused on building cities, temples and monuments. He established the city of Pi-Ramesses in the Nile Delta as his new capital and main base for his campaigns in Syria. This city was built on the remains of the city of Avaris, the capital of the Hyksos when they took over, and was the location of the main Temple of Set. He is also known as Ozymandias in the Greek sources, from a transliteration into Greek of a part of Ramesses's throne name, Usermaatre Setepenre, "Ra's mighty truth, chosen of Ra". (Wikipedia)

Keywords: Africa, African history, Ancient Egypt, Antiquity, Books / Art, Egypt, New Kingdom Period, Pharao, Pharaonen, Travel

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Hamilton, Mythology. Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. Illustrated by Steele Savage. Boston, Little, Brown & Company, n.d. 13.5 x 20cm. 497 pages. Original softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear and some underlining to text.

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial bestseller in its various available formats: hardcover, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and e-book. Mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. [Notes to 2013 Little Brown edition]

Keywords: Ancient Greek, Antiquity, Greek, Greek History, Mythology, Myths, Nordic

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Hancock, Fingerprints of the Gods. Hancock, Graham. Fingerprints of the Gods. Photographs by Santha Faiia. New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. / Doubleday, 1995. 15.5 x 23.5cm. 578 pages, with black and white plates. Original softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear and some text annotations and underlining. Inscribed with previous owner's name.

By the author of "The Sign and the Seal". This book describes the quest for the whereabouts, nature and few surviving traces of a lost civilization that was destroyed long ago and obliterated from human memory, long before any of the cultures of historical antiquity rose to prominence. While Hancock does not believe that this civilization was Atlantis, he taps into the same current of human yearning that has made the Atlantis myth such a powerful one. He mixes physical exploration of dramatic and sometimes dangerous locations in his pursuit of the hints and scraps of evidence that point to a great and unsolved mystery.

Keywords: Antiquity, Atlantis, classics, History, Mythology, Myths

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Hawkes, Dawn of the Gods: Minoan and Mycenaean Origins of Greece. Hawkes, Jacquetta. Dawn of the Gods: Minoan and Mycenaean Origins of Greece. With photographs by Dimitrios Harissiadis. London, Chatto & Windus, 1968. 19.5 x 26cm. Frontispiece, 303 pages, with text illustrations and 45 plates. Original clothbound hardcover with decorated endpapers and gilt top edges, with original dustjacket. Excellent condition with only very slight signs of external wear. Minor text markings.

In this dramatic study of the beginnings of European history, Jacqueline Hawkes considers the culture of Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, finding in their union the source of Classical Greek culture. The essentially feminine character of Minoan Crete, with its palaces and gardens and its exquisite paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, joins with the essentially masculine vigour of the Mycenaean kingdoms in the splendour of Bronze Age Greece. The poetry of Homer is seen as an element of continuity between this legendary period, which saw the dawn of the gods of Greece, and the golden age of Classical Greece which witnessed the dawn of our own era. [From jacket notes]

Keywords: Ancient Greek, Antiquity, classics, Cultures, Greece, Greek Art, Greek History, History, Homer

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Homer / Rieu, The Iliad. Homer / Rieu, E.V. The Iliad. Translated by E.V. Rieu. London, Methuen & Co., 1953. 14 x 22cm. (25), 466 pages. Original green clothbound hardcover with gilt lettering and original dustjacket. Tape residue and paper loss to dustjacket edges, 4cm tear to dustjacket spine, foxing to endpapers, otherwise very good condition. Ex-libris bookplate and previous owner's name on front free endpaper.

Homer's Iliad is the greatest and most influential epic poem ever written, telling of the tragic and bloody climax to the ten-year siege of Troy. One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer's Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode in the Trojan War. At its centre is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his refusal to fight after being humiliated by his leader Agamemnon. But when the Trojan Hector kills Achilles' close friend Patroclus, he storms back into battle to take revenge - even though he knows this will ensure his own untimely death. Interwoven with this tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, of the domestic world inside Troy's besieged city of Ilium, and of the conflicts between the Gods on Olympus as they argue over the fate of mortals. E.V. Rieu's acclaimed translation of The Iliad was one of the first titles published in Penguin Classics, and now has classic status itself. [Penguin]

Keywords: Ancient Greek, Antiquity, classics, Greek History, Greek Literature, Homer, Iliad, Translations

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Homer / Rieu, The Odyssey. Homer / Rieu, E.V. The Odyssey. Translated by E.V. Rieu. London, Methuen & Co., 1952. 14 x 22cm. (21), 351 pages. Original blue clothbound hardcover with gilt lettering. Very good condition with minor signs of external wear and foxing to endpapers. Ex-libris bookplate and previous owner's name on front free endpaper. Text annotations and underlining.

Homer's The Odyssey is an epic that has endured for thousands of years, and this edition is translated by E.V. Rieu. The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan war forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - from the witch Circe who turns his men into pigs, to the twin terrors of Scylla and Charybdis; from the stupefied Lotus-Eaters to the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon himself - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to reach his homeland safely. But the danger is no less severe in his native Ithaca, as Odysseus finds himself contending with the suitors who, in his absence, have begun to surround his wife Penelope. E.V. Rieu's translation of The Odyssey was the first Penguin Classic to be published, and has itself achieved classic status. [Penguin]

Keywords: Ancient Greek, Antiquity, classics, Greek History, Greek Literature, Homer, Odysseus, Translations

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Kemp, Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation. Kemp, Barry J. Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation. London and New York, Routledge, 2000. 19 cm x 24.5 cm. VII, 356 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Worn corners and slight discolouring of page-edges. Two pages of handwritten notes on endpapers at back of book. Otherwise clean insided with intact binding.

Includes for example the following essays: The intellectual foundations of the early state / The dynamics of culture / The bureaucratic mind / Model communities / New Kingdom Egypt: the mature state / The birth of economic man / Egypt in microcosm: the city of El-Amarna / Epilogue: Onwards from the Bronze Age etc.

"Ancient Egypt is a book full of unusual ideas and fresh assessments provided by a scholar who has closely examined a variety of sites in Egypt . . . its originality should make it required reading for all students of ancient Egypt."-(Times Literary Supplement)

"...this fine book is consistently informative, provocative and stimulating" (Antiquity)

"Kemp's study is perhaps the most provocative, thoughtful, and outstanding synthesis on ancient Egypt available in the English language . . . this book will stand for decades as an essential introduction to all interested specifically in ancient Egypt as well as those interested in general archaeology and ancient history."-(Choice)

"Carefully researched, and written in a comprehensible manner, this is a most recommended book for all students and scholars" (The Bibliography of Ancient Egypt)

Keywords: Antiquity, Civilization, Egypt

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Kramer, Mythologies of the Ancient World. Kramer, Samuel Noah. [Ed]. Mythologies of the Ancient World. New York, Anchor Books / Doubleday, 1961. 10.5 x 18cm. 480 pages. Original softcover. Some signs of external wear, including bumping and creasing, but otherwise in very good condition. Inscribed with previous owner's name.

Ten leading scholars take a fresh look at ancient mythologies in a work that can be read with pleasure and intellectual profit by both the specialist and the general reader. Includes chapters on the mythologies of ancient Egypt, Sumer and Akkad, the Hittites, Japan, Mexico, Iran, Greece, India and China. [From jacket notes]

Keywords: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greek, Antiquity, Chinese Culture, Japanese Culture, Mythology, Myths

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