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1. Early History of the Alphabet - by Joseph Naveh 1997

Alphabetic writing is one of the principal features of Western culture. Our knowledge of the early history, development and spread of the alphabet is constantly changing. This introduction to West Semitic epigraphy and paleography is the author’s personal way of introducing this field of study on the basis of the evidence available to date.

2. The History of Mathematical Tables: From Sumer to Spreadsheets - by Martin Campbell-Kelly, Mary Croarken, Raymond Flood, Eleanor Robson 2003

The oldest known mathematical table was found in the ancient Sumerian city of Shuruppag in southern Iraq. Since then, tables have been an important feature of mathematical activity and are important precursors to modern computing and information processing. This book contains a series of articles summarizing the history of mathematical tables from earliest times until the late twentieth century. It covers mathematical tables (the most important computing aid for several hundred years until 1960s), data tables (i.e. Census tables), professional tables (ie. Insurance tables), and spreadsheets-the most recent tabular innovation. The book is presented in a scholarly yet accessible way, making appropriate use of text boxes and illustrations. Each chapter has a frontispiece featuring a table along with a small illustration of the source where the table was first displayed. Most chapters have sidebars telling a short "story" or history relating to the chapter. The aim of this edited volume is to capture the history of tables through eleven chapters written by subject specialists. The contributors describe the various information processing techniques and artifacts whose unifying concept is "the mathematical table".

3. Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: A Modern Investigation of Pharaohs Workforce - By Dr A Rosa David 1997

In this engrossing detective story, Rosalie David uncovers a fascinating picture of Kahun, a pyramid workmens' town excavated in 1887. In David's hands, the Egyptian builders of the pyramids are revealed as simple people, leading ordinary lives while they are engaged in building the great tomb for a Pharaoh. They worry about their families, grumble about the quality of the food, cheat overseers, even plan a strike for better conditions. Gone are the whip-driven slaves of the popular image: in their place are skilled workers knowing the value of their labor.

4. Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions - by Frank Holt 2003

To all those who witnessed his extraordinary conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the Great appeared invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the belief that he enjoyed divine favor and commanded even the forces of nature against his enemies--is the subject of Frank L. Holt's absorbing book.
Solid evidence for the "supernaturalized" Alexander lies in a rare series of medallions that depict the triumphant young king at war against the elephants, archers, and chariots of Rajah Porus of India at the Battle of the Hydaspes River. Recovered from Afghanistan and Iraq in sensational and sometimes perilous circumstances, these ancient artifacts have long animated the modern historical debate about Alexander. Holt's book, the first devoted to the mystery of these ancient medallions, takes us into the history of their discovery and interpretation, into the knowable facts of their manufacture and meaning, and, ultimately, into the king's own psyche and his frightening theology of war. The result is a valuable analysis of Alexander history and myth, a vivid account of numismatics, and a spellbinding look into the age-old mechanics of megalomania.

5. The Experience of Ancient Egypt - by Dr A Rosa David 2000

In this intriguing survey, Rosalie David shows how the attitudes, opinions and working practices of Egyptologists have shaped the structure of their endlessly fascinating subject. The Experience of Ancient Egypt provides an engaging portrait of what we know about ancient Egypt today, examining issues of religion, beliefs and practices surrounding death, everyday life, and literature. David then looks at the history of Egyptology itself--tracing the discipline from its classical roots, through the deciphering of hieroglyphs in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the most up-to-date biomedical and archaeological techniques.

This book provides a comprehensive portrait of what we know about ancient Egypt today, examining in detail issues of religion, of beliefs and practices surrounding death, of everyday life and of literature.

6. Never Had the Like Occurred: Egypt's View of Its Past (Encounters with Ancient Egypt) by John Tait 2003

Did the Egyptians have heirlooms? How much did they know about their past and their ancestors, and what did they do with that information? This collection of twelve essays by leading scholars in Egyptology explores these and many other questions from the earliest periods of Egyptian history to the Coptic population during the Byzantine period. The contributors examine both material and textual information about Egyptian attitudes towards the past, exploring archaic features and references, their sense of time and of identity and history.

7. Ancient Astrology (Sciences of Antiquity Series) by Tamsyn 1994

An account of astrology from its beginnings in Mesopotamia, focusing on the Greco-Roman world, Ancient Astrology examines the theoretical development and changing social and political role of astrology.

8. The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology (Cambridge Companions to Religion) by Christopher Rowland 1999

Liberation theology is widely referred to in discussions of politics and religion but not always adequately understood. This Companion offers an introduction to the history and characteristics of liberation theology in its various forms in different parts of the world. Through a sequence of eleven chapters readers are given a comprehensive description and evaluation of the different facets of this important theological and social movement, and there is a clear Introduction. The book will be of interest to students of theology as well as to sociologists, political theorists and historians.

9. The Hinge Factor: How Chance and Stupidity Have Changed History - by Erik Durschmied 2000

From the wooden horse of Troy to the Gulf War, military history has been as much marked by chance and error, as by gallantry and heroism. Many conflicts have been decided by the caprice of weather, bad intelligence, heroism where it wasn't expected, or individual incompetence. In military terms, the incident which can swing a battle from victory to defeat in a moment is known as the "Hinge Factor". The "Hinge Factor" vividly describes battles which demonstrate this phenomenon - including the circumstances behind the loss of the Holy Cross, through to the attack of African war bees in 1914, to Star-War weaponry described in the Gulf War. This enthralling book demystifies the general belief that battles are always won due to the brilliance of a general and will both inform and entertain a wide audience.

10. The Art of Antiquity: Piet De Jong And the Athenian Agora - by John K. Papadopoulos 2007

The archives of the American School excavations in the Athenian Agora contain a remarkable series of watercolors and drawings—well over 400—by Piet de Jong, one of the best-known, most distinctive, and influential archaeological illustrators of the 20th century. They show landscapes, people, and, above all, objects recovered during many seasons of fieldwork at one of the longest continuously running archaeological projects in Greece.
The aim of this volume is to bring these illustrations out of the storage drawers and to assemble in color a representative sample of some of the finest of Piet de Jong’s contributions. Along the way, this book tells the story of the Agora excavations and assesses their contribution to scholarship. It includes essays by 16 scholars currently working at the Agora, and surveys the entire span of the material they are studying—from Neolithic pottery to the Late Byzantine and post-Byzantine frescoes from the Church of Ayios Spyridon.

11. Darius the Great - by J. Poolos 2008

In ancient history, Darius I stands alone as an administrator with unparalleled insight into the workings of an empire. Under his leadership, the Persian Empire grew to be the largest and most powerful diplomatic and economic force in the world. After he cleverly seized the throne and quelled a series of revolts, Darius undertook a radical reorganization of the different peoples who inhabited the Iranian Plateau, instituting the practices of religious tolerance, widespread economic reform, and a fair system of law that would later be adopted by the generations that followed him in the Near East and Europe. At the time of his death in 486 BCE, he had transformed the entire Middle East into a dominion of progressive government. In "Darius the Great", read the story of his surprising ascendance to the throne, his clever diplomacy, and the military blunders that marked his ultimate place not as a conqueror, but as a governor of the people.

12. Phantom Flight 93: And Other Astounding September 11 Mysteries Explored - by Victor,Thorn,Lisa Guliani 2007

Could September 11's Flight 93 be the key to unraveling the entire 9-11 mystery? In Phantom Flight 93 - the first and only book to emerge from the 9-11 truth movement on this subject - you will discover how this event in Shanksville could very well be the smoking gun which exposes the government's falsehoods once and for all. Starting with physical evidence - especially a 10x12 foot crater in an abandoned strip mine - it becomes clear that a passenger jetliner could not have possibly crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where federal officials said it did. Rather, the reality of that fateful morning is much more troublesome, and far more sinister. Also revealed in this book are a plethora of lies concerning the now-infamous cell phone calls purportedly made by individuals such as Todd Beamer, 9-11 passenger list oddities, corrupt officials who have been covering up this matter, and the many inexplicable anomalies surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks on America and the fate of Flight 93. For too long, Flight 93 has been overlooked by researchers and commentators in the alternative media. With the arrival of Phantom Flight 93, the public will finally see that they were deceived not only about the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, but also about an unproven crash in southwest PA which became the stuff of legend, but was ultimately nothing more than a poorly executed hoax.

13. Revolt Against the Modern World - by Julius Evola 1995

In what many consider to be his masterwork, Evola contrasts the characteristics of the modern world with those of traditional societies, from politics and institutions to views on life and death.

14. The Production of Space - by Henri Lefebvre 1992

Henri Lefebvre has considerable claims to be the greatest living philosopher. His work spans some sixty years and includes original work on a diverse range of subjects, from dialectical materialism to architecture, urbanism and the experience of everyday life. The Production of Space is his major philosophical work and its translation has been long awaited by scholars in many different fields. The book is a search for reconciliation between mental space (the space of the philosophers) and real space (the physical and social spheres in which we all live). In the course of his exploration, Henri Lefebvre moves from metaphysical and ideological considerations of the meaning of space to its experience in the everyday life of home and city. He seeks, in other words, to bridge the gap between the realms of theory and practice, between the mental and the social, and between philosophy and reality. In doing so, he ranges through art, literature, architecture and economics, and further provides a powerful antidote to the sterile and obfuscatory methods and theories characteristic of much recent continental philosophy. This is a work of great vision and incisiveness. It is also characterized by its author's wit and by anecdote, as well as by a deftness of style that Donald Nicholson-Smith's sensitive translation precisely captures.