Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Not sure what book to read next?  In this section you can read reviews of some of the great books that explore our ancient past.  If you would like to share your own book review, please contact us here.  Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 14:02

Author(s):
Marc Hyden

Written by Marc Hyden, Gaius Marius focuses on the fascinating life of the Roman by the same name. I will admit that prior to reading this book, I had not heard of Gaius Marius (157 - 86 BCE). Let alone, the very vital but important role...Read more

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 22:49

Author(s):
David Grant

In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great is the definitive guide to the life and death of one of the greatest military leaders of the ancient world. Written by ancient historian, David Grant, the large...Read more

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 01:19

Author(s):
Miles Russell

Just before this book was published, Dr Russell, who is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Senior Lecturer in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology at Bournemouth University, told me that he researched it as part of the Lost Voices...Read more

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 16:43

Author(s):
B.J. Corbin

Inspired by the many expeditions before him, researcher and explorer, B.J. Corbin spent the better part of the last three decades in search of the resting place of the Biblical Noah’s Ark, as the waters receded from the Great Deluge....Read more

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 20:54

Author(s):
Paul Collins

Mountains and Lowlands is published by the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford. The author, Paul Collins, undertakes an extremely ambitious task of cataloguing over 6000 years of human history into a single 200+ page volume. A...Read more

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 17:56

Author(s):
Jim Stempel

Last month, I received a copy of one of Jim Stempel’s latest publications: “The Nature of War.” Stempel is a researcher and author who has recently begun to divert his focus to topics concerning military non-fiction.

“The Nature of...Read more

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 18:35

Author(s):
Anthony Adolph

In this publication, renowned genealogist, Anthony Adolph, tackles the difficult by tracing the origins of modern man through science and mythology, from as early the Big Bang. It is quite the ambitious undertaking, but I must admit that...Read more

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 23:33

Author(s):
Anthony Adolph

In his latest research, renowned genealogist, Anthony Adolph, takes on the eponymous mythological ancestor of the British, Brutus. According to tradition, Brutus is a descendant of Aeneas, a Trojan refugee of the Trojan War (ca. 1200 BCE...Read more

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 18:22

Author(s):
Tim Whitmarsh

British classicist and professor at the University of Cambridge, Tim Whitmarsh is best known for his work on Greek literary culture during the Greco-Roman period. While reading his recent research, Battling the Gods, his area of...Read more

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 22:53

Author(s):
Christopher Smith

A professor of Ancient History and Director of the British School of Rome, author Christopher Smith is considered to be an expert of ancient Italian history. Specifically, this publication focuses primarily on one of the most...Read more

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 03:25

Author(s):
Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock’s new book Magicians of the Gods is a runaway success already in the UK, reaching No. 3 in the Sunday Times non-fiction bestseller list after just two days of sales. It is likely to repeat this success in other territories...Read more

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 23:47

Author(s):
Aiden Dodson

I was extremely excited when I came across this title. Author Aiden Dodson is well known for his publication, “Amarna Sunset” and with the more recent volume focusing predominantly on the end of the New Kingdom Period of Egypt, more...Read more

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 22:06
Author(s):
Raffaele DAmato, Andrea Salimbeti

For years I have been a fan of the titles published by Osprey Publishing. They find a specific topic, typically related to a certain group of peoples and cram as many details into a short and coherent piece of work. This volume provides...Read more

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 04:41

Author(s):
William G. Dever

There have been numerous and exciting discoveries from the Levant since the 2001 publication of William Dever’s research, What Did the Biblical Writers Know & When ...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 02:59

Author(s):
Cam Rea

The events that led to and encompass the Roman-Parthian Wars has been given little attention in academia. Few historical sources and commentators have written about it and in many cases contradict one another. It is apparent that...Read more

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:06

Author(s):
Eric H. Cline

Despite the name of this publication, it is anything but a short introduction as it provides a great wealth of information pertaining to the story we have come to know as the Trojan War Read more

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 07:32

Author(s):
Eric H. Cline

There are very few published titles which focus on the tumultuous events that took place in the Eastern Mediterranean at approximately 1200 BCE. Out of those few, however, Dr. Eric H. Cline’s 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization...Read more

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 03:35

Author(s):
Israel Finkelstein

If one were to summarize this publication into a single sentence, it would be “Israel Finkelstein has rewritten Biblical history through archaeology.” Read more

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 03:25

Author(s):
William Bramley

The Gods of Eden by William Bramley is a relatively old book written in 1989. It is interesting to note that his purpose was to search the origins of human warfare and not to write this kind of book. Read more

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 03:20

Author(s):
Michael Tellinger

Michael Tellinger, in his book Slave Species, presents the idea that humans were created by Gods with one sole purpose, to serve them.  At first consideration, the idea sounds absurd, but the evidence provided by Tellinger is...Read more

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Some of the Mitla mosaics.
Unique and curious designs plaster the walls of the most popular Zapotec archaeological site in Mexico. They are called the Mitla mosaics and are unrivalled in their precision and quality of workmanship. But a mystery surrounds the carved symbols as some researchers suggest they contain a coded language just waiting to be deciphered.

Myths & Legends

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A legend is a tale regarded as historical even though it has not been proven, and the term “myth” can refer to common yet false ideas. Many myths and legends describe our history, but they are often treated skeptically. This is because many of them, while explaining a phenomenon, involve divine or supernatural beings.

Human Origins

Noah's Sacrifice - watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot
The imperfect state of archaeological researches in the Near East impedes any definite identification of the original race or races that created the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt. According to Gordon Childe, however, the predominant racial element in the earliest graves in the region from Elam to the Danube is the ‘Mediterranean’.

Ancient Technology

Invention of Wheel - Sumer
In today’s world, technology is developing at an unprecedented rate. The latest gadget today is tomorrow’s antique. As a result of this rapid development of technology, we often take things for...

Ancient Places

Google Earth image of manmade stone structures in Saudi Arabia
Deep in the heart of Saudi Arabia, 400 peculiar stone structures have been found, dating back thousands of years ago. These stone features were discovered by archaeologists with the use of satellite imagery, identifying what they call stone "gates" in an extremely unwelcome and harsh area of the Arabian Peninsula.

Opinion

The ancient and mysterious Sphinx, Giza, Egypt.
In 1995, NBC televised a prime-time documentary hosted by actor Charlton Heston and directed by Bill Cote, called Mystery of the Sphinx. The program centered on the research and writings of John Anthony West, a (non-academic) Egyptologist, who, along with Dr. Robert Schoch, a professor of Geology at Boston University, made an astounding discovery on the Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt.

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