James Romm

James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard. His most recent book is The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom.
(September 2021)

Marie Spartali Stillman: Antigone Giving the Burial Rites to Her Brother’s Body, 1871

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

Aristogiton and Harmodius, Roman copies in marble after Greek bronze statues, circa fifth century BC

Loving Assassins

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

Peter Paul Rubens: The Death of Seneca, circa 1612–1613

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

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December 21, 2017 issue

Abdel Kader Haidara in Timbuktu with ancient manuscripts from Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Nigeria, September 2009. Haider was instrumental in saving the manuscripts during the militant Islamist takeover of Timbuktu in 2012.

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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