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The Histories of Herodotus

One doesn’t study history for very long, at least in the West,  before running into Herodotus.  I’ve meant to read him for years,  given his reputation as one of the earliest, if not the earliest,  historian —  that is, someone … Continue reading

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Antiquity

Antiquity: The Civilization of the Ancient World© 2003 Norman F. Cantor256 pages Perhaps western history is all Greek to you. In that case, Norman Cantor’s Antiquity may shed a little light on the subject. It is a brief work, scarcely over … Continue reading

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The Egyptians

The Egyptians© 1997 Barbara Watterson368 pages “We stand where Caesar and Napoleon stood, and remember that fifty centuries look down upon us; where the Father of History came four hundred years before Caesar, and heard the tales that were to … Continue reading

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The Seven Wonders

The Seven Wonders© 2012 Steven Saylor332 pages A few years ago, I read through the Roma sub Rosa series in which a first-century Sherlock Holmes named Gordianus the Finder made his living investigating murders and other sundry mysteries which were … Continue reading

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A History of the World in Six Glasses

A History of the World in Six Glasses© 2006 Tom Standage311 pages A toast to human enterprise! Pick your poison — beer, wine, rum, tea, coffee, or Coca-Cola. Three are alcoholic, three are caffienated: all were the stuff of empires, … Continue reading

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Our Oriental Heritage

The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage© 1935 Will Durant1048 pages “Civilization is social order promoting cultural creation.”  (Opening sentence.) Our Oriental Heritage is the introductory volume of a greater work, an eleven-book set covering prehistory to the last days of Napoleon. Judging from the … Continue reading

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The Great Transformation

The Great Transformation: the Beginning of our Religious Traditions© 2006 Karen Armstrong469 pages I looked forward to reading this book, and my expectations were met. Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation is a historical narrative detailing the creation of four of … Continue reading

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This Week at the Library (2/8)

Last week’s reading was primarily nonfiction, as half my reading pertained to the classes I’m going to be taking. The other two books — Theories for Everything and The Mammoth Hunters — were unrelated to my classes. The first book … Continue reading

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