Marx in the Agora

The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World: From the Archaic Age to the Arab Conquests

by G.E.M. de Ste. Croix
When Cyrenus Osborne Ward, that interesting figure in early American socialism, wanted to publish his two-volume work The Ancient Lowly, he had to arrange to do so (essentially) himself, since no established publisher would touch such a work. Ward took his task of telling the history of the ancient lower …

The Bitter History of Slave History

Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology

by M.I. Finley

Greek and Roman Slavery

by Thomas Wiedemann
There has, in the last few decades, been as much, and almost as bitter, controversy over ancient slavery as over slavery nearer in time and place and more obviously “relevant.” M.I. Finley’s long interest in ancient slavery has made him the foremost expert on this subject—as on Greek and Roman …

Alexander’s Mules

Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army

by Donald W. Engels
The annual book on Alexander the Great has become a laughing-stock among scholars, though authors and publishers apparently continue to find it profitable. Engels shows that serious and important work on Alexander is possible, and that it need not be confined to the obscurity of professional journals. This book by …

Imposing Gibbon

Edward Gibbon and the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

edited by G.W. Bowersock, edited by John Clive, edited by Stephen R. Graubard
This year marks the centenary of the publication of Johannes Brahms’s First Symphony. An international colloquium, largely funded by American taxpayers, will be held at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, and twenty scholars from various countries will discuss Brahms’s life, work, and influence. Fact or fiction? Someone may know. But at …

In Defense of Empire

Empire Without End

by Lidia Storoni Mazzolani, translated by Joan McConnell and Mario Pei, foreword by Mario Pei

The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire From the First Century A.D. to the Third

by Edward N. Luttwak, foreword by J.F. Gilliam
“In our own disordered times, it is natural to look back for comfort and instruction to the experience of Roman imperial statecraft.” Thus writes Professor Luttwak. Livy, one of the historians treated by Lidia Mazzolani, started his own history of Rome in order to distract his mind from the unbearable …