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There are two classics lists at Cambridge University Press. One is published by the Education Group and includes The Cambridge Latin Course, and other books for young students of Latin and Classical civilization in schools. The tertiary list publishes in all the branches of Classics: language and literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, and classical art.


Add to basketShe-Wolf

The Story of a Roman Icon

Cristina Mazzoni

In She-Wolf: The Story of a Roman Icon, Cristina Mazzoni examines the evolution of the she-wolf as a symbol in western history, art, and literature, from antiquity to contemporary times.  

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Add to basketWagner's Ring Cycle and the Greeks

Daniel H. Foster

Through his reading of primary and secondary classical sources, as well as his theoretical writings, Richard Wagner developed a Hegelian-inspired theory linking the evolution of classical Greek politics and poetry. This book demonstrates how, by turning theory into practice, Wagner used this evolutionary paradigm to shape the music and the libretto of the Ring cycle. 

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Add to basketAthens and Athenian Democracy

Robin Osborne

These collected papers construct a distinctive view of classical Athens and of Athenian democracy, a view which takes seriously the evidence of settlement archaeology and of art history.  

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Add to basketDelphi and Olympia

The Spatial Politics of Panhellenism in the Archaic and Classical Periods

Michael Scott

Most people think about the sanctuary of Delphi as the seat of the famous oracle and of Olympia as the site of the Olympic games. The oracle and the games, however, were but two of the many activities ongoing at both sites. This book investigates the physical remains of both sanctuaries to show how different visitors interacted with the sacred spaces of Delphi and Olympia in an important variety of ways during the archaic and classical periods. 

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Add to basketThe Roman Wedding

Ritual and Meaning in Antiquity

Karen K. Hersch

The wedding ritual of the ancient Romans provides a crucial key to understanding their remarkable civilization. The intriguing ceremony represented the starting point of a Roman family as well as a Roman girl’s transition to womanhood. 

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Add to basketThe Conquests of Alexander the Great

Waldemar Heckel

In this book, Waldemar Heckel provides a revisionist overview of the conquests of Alexander the Great. Emphasizing the aims and impact of his military expeditions, the political consequences of military action, and the use of propaganda, both for motivation and justification, his underlying premise is that the basic goals of conquest and the keys to military superiority have not changed dramatically over the millennia.

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Add to basketThe Monochord in Ancient Greek Harmonic Science

David Creese

Among the many instruments devised by students of mathematical sciences in ancient Greece, the monochord provides one of the best opportunities to examine the methodologies of those who employed it in their investigations. Consisting of a single string which could be divided at measured points by means of movable bridges, it was used to demonstrate theorems about the arithmetical relationships between pitched sounds in music.  

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Add to basketThe Emperor Elagabalus

Fact or Fiction?

Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado

The third-century adolescent Roman emperor miscalled Elagabalus or Heliogabalus was made into myth shortly after his murder. For 1800 years since, scandalous stories relate his alleged depravity, debauchery and bloodthirsty fanaticism as High Priest of a Syrian Sun God. From these, one cannot discern anything demonstrably true about the boy or his reign.  

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Add to basketThe Ironic Defense of Socrates

Plato's Apology

David M. Leibowitz

This book offers a controversial new interpretation of Plato's Apology of Socrates. By paying unusually close attention to what Socrates indicates about the meaning and extent of his irony, David Leibowitz arrives at unconventional conclusions about Socrates' teaching on virtue, politics, and the gods; the significance of his famous turn from natural philosophy to political philosophy; and the purpose of his insolent "defense speech." 

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Add to basketBetween Rome and Carthage

Southern Italy during the Second Punic War

Michael P. Fronda

Hannibal invaded Italy with the hope of raising widespread rebellions among Rome's subordinate allies. Yet even after crushing the Roman army at Cannae, he was only partially successful. Why did some communities decide to side with Carthage and others to side with Rome? This is the fundamental question posed in this book, and consideration is given to the particular political, diplomatic, military and economic factors that influenced individual communities' decisions.  

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