Pope Innocent VIII allegedly drank the blood of three young Jewish boys in the hope of capturing their youth. He is also reported to have had the first blood transfusion, in 1492.
|Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction (2011)|
The contribution of the Ancient Greeks to modern western culture is incalculable. In the worlds of art, architecture, myth, literature, and philosophy, the world we live in would be unrecognizably different without the formative influence of Ancient Greek models. Ancient Greek civilization was defined by the city - in Greek, the…
|Eureka!: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Ancient Greeks But Were Afraid to Ask (2015)|
From the Trojan War through to the rise of the Roman empire, Peter Jones tells the epic story of ancient Greece in this entertaining and illuminating follow-up to Veni, Vidi, Vici.
|Persian Fire: The First World Empire, Battle for the West (2006)|
In 480 BC, Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality. For seventy years, victory - rapid, spectacular victory - had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire. In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming…
|Plutarch: Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans (2015)|
The complete text of Clough's edition of Plutarch's Lives; containing fifty lives and eighteen comparisons.
|Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (2004)|
The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness - the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall. It is a story of…
|SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (2015)|
Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the Rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own…
|The Gallic Wars (2016)|
Originally composed for propaganda purposes, Julius Caesar’s The Gallic Wars (Commentarii de Bello Gallico) is one of the earliest examples of a military science manual, detailing arms technology, tactical maneuvers, battlefield politics, espionage, intelligence and even the role played by luck in ground and sea campaigns.
|The Twelve Caesars (2007)|
As private secretary to the Emperor Hadrian, the scholar Suetonius had access to the imperial archives and used them (along with eyewitness accounts) to produce one of the most colourful biographical works in history. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives of the men who wielded absolute power over Rome,…