For over 2 millennia, the Samos-born, Athenian philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC) has inspired mankind in that most difficult art, the art of happiness. Yet of his rich written material, little survives today. Further, some of his most important teachings are… Read More ›
Darnell, John Coleman, & Colleen Manassa. Tutankhamun’s Armies: Battle & Conquest during Ancient Egypt’s Late 18th Dynasty. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007. ISBN 978-0471743583. Illuminates one of the most golden Egyptian ages – the New Kingdom – in all its aspects, including relations with the rest… Read More ›
Background: Golden Century of Athens Game designer Martin Wallace (Age of Steam, Struggle of Empires, Brass, & many more) cares for historical themes. Often, quirky facts lie buried within the structure of his games, making them the more unpredictable & colourful. Unlike… Read More ›
Markoe, Glenn E. Phoenicians. London: British Museum Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0714127675. Scholarly, concentrated, yet also lively, readable, & up to date survey of the mother of all oceanic civilizations. I give ****/5.
While digging into ancient Greece & how it keeps showing up in modern pop culture (see “Ah Those Greeks, Part I”), I noticed some curious parallels to another earlier posting – & to some aspects of our own modern age. In that earlier… Read More ›
In this the first of 3 postings about ancient Greece – about how this now obscure culture could influence the rise of modern Europe – I’d like to look at one ancient historical event, even more recondite until a few… Read More ›
Luttwak, Edward N. The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 1993 (1976). ISBN 978-0801821585. Imperial Rome grew, not by constant aggression, but under detailed, conservative husbanding of force & diplomacy. A modern classic in security studies… Read More ›