If you’ve seen any on-screen adaptation of life in the Roman Empire, you’ve seen some depiction of gossip worthy or taboo sex. Cleopatra seduced Caesar; Caligula held infamous orgies; Nero raped senators’ wives during dinner parties and critiqued their proficiency in bed afterward as dinner conversation. A reader catching the title and cover art for In Bed with the Romans would likely assume it’s filled with salacious tales of sex. (Review by Jessica Titterington) -- AHE
Written by Andrew Robinson and published by Reaktion Books in 2015, The Indus is an introduction to the Indus Valley Civilization. Who were the Indus? Where and when did they live? Maybe these two questions are the first to come to the reader’s mind when starting this book. As Robinson writes in the introduction, "The Indus civilization was, in its own way, as extraordinary as the civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. But it declined around the nineteenth century BC and left no direct…
There are many books on Mesopotamia, as the birthplace of writing, the culture has been explored over and over again. Jean Bottero takes a new approach, which is why this is a great reference book. He explores Assyriology, the discipline devoted to the ancient culture of Mesopotamia and explores our modern views of that ancient culture.
Your Travel Guide to Ancient China (Passport to History) by Josepha Sherman is a children's book, written for ages 9 and older and targeted for a grade-level of 4 and up, but any adult reader will enjoy this book and get a great deal out of it. It is part of the Passport to History series published by Lerner and, like the others, is a great reading experience. The book presents the history as though the reader is an ancient traveler going on a trip to China. (Review by Emily Mark) -- AHE
How could a Neolithic society operating at a level that produced only slightly more than subsistence level support such complex architecture and art far in advance of that of the nearest and more distant cultures? This is the question David Trump poses on page 234 of ‘Malta Prehistory and Temples’, a question that must stir the mind of anyone interested in prehistoric archaeology. It is a question very difficult to answer. (Review by Nick Brown) -- AHE