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James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard. His next book, Demetrius: Sacker of Cities, will be published in November. (October 2022)
Kings of the Universe
Two exhibitions at the Getty Villa explore the links between the Assyrian and the Persian Empires, which both revolved around powerful monarchs.
Assyria: Palace Art of Ancient Iraq
an exhibition at the Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California, October 2, 2019–September 5, 2022
Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World
an exhibition at the Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades, California, April 6–August 8, 2022
King of the World: The Life of Cyrus the Great
by Matt Waters
Persians: The Age of the Great Kings
by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones
July 21, 2022 issue
A Journey into Homer’s World
The classicist Milman Parry’s quest for the sources of Homeric epic led him in the 1930s to the Yugoslavian bards who sang in coffeehouses and bars much as he imagined Homer did.
Hearing Homer’s Song: The Brief Life and Big Idea of Milman Parry
by Robert Kanigel
September 23, 2021 issue
What Happened at Masada?
We know the Roman conquest of Masada only through the account of the enigmatic Jewish historian Josephus, whose shifting allegiances make his motives hard to discern.
A History of the Jewish War, AD 66–74
by Steve Mason
Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth
by Jodi Magness
January 14, 2021 issue
What Did India Learn from the Greeks?
The Greek Experience of India: From Alexander to the Indo-Greeks
by Richard Stoneman
April 9, 2020 issue
The Winking Satire of ‘Agrippina’
Agrippina, the Handel opera now premiering on the Metropolitan Opera’s stage, may have been written as a satire on the politics of its own time, but in the hands of producer Sir David McVicar, and set in the present day, it offers a timely paradigm of hypocrisy, corruption, and sexual manipulation in the halls of power.
March 1, 2020
The Happy Tragedian
Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context
by Jacques Jouanna, translated from the French by Steven Rendall
Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us
by Simon Critchley
October 24, 2019 issue
The Tyrant-Slayers of Ancient Athens: A Tale of Two Statues
by Vincent Azoulay, translated from the French by Janet Lloyd, with a foreword by Paul Cartledge
The Transformation of Athens: Painted Pottery and the Creation of Classical Greece
by Robin Osborne
August 16, 2018 issue
A Stoic in Nero’s Court
The Cambridge Companion to Seneca
edited by Shadi Bartsch and Alessandro Schiesaro
Seneca: The Complete Tragedies, Volume 1
edited by Shadi Bartsch; translated from the Latin by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, Alex Dressler, and Elaine Fantham
Seneca: The Complete Tragedies, Volume 2
edited by Shadi Bartsch; translated from the Latin by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, and David Konstan
December 21, 2017 issue
The Great Rescue in Timbuktu
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts
by Joshua Hammer
July 14, 2016 issue
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