Stupid Ancient History (Stupid History)

By Leland Gregory

Best-selling stand-up comedian Leland Gregory bargains a blockbuster number of greater than two hundred weird and wonderful, bizarre, foolish, stunning, and downright outrageous real tales approximately historic Greek and Roman history.

New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is one in every of Andrews McMeel Publishing’s such a lot profitable noncartoon humorists. foolish, stunning, bizarre, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the brief anecdotes inside of his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, on-line, and broadcast media from all around the world. Inside Stupid historical History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and ancient mythconceptions, including:

 
— To struggle off Roman ships in three hundred BC, Carthaginians catapulted reside snakes at them.
— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation whilst presents of cloaks have been showered upon him by means of thankful electorate at an Aegina theater in 620 BC. 
— In historical Rome, lengthy earlier than the appearance of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the full fact, and not anything however the fact” through putting their correct hand on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the time period “testimony.”
—  Of the Seven Wonders of the traditional international, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the floor in 356 BC. The arsonist used to be performed; and to ensure his want for eternal status wouldn’t come precise, it was once ordered that his identify be bothered from all files and not pointed out again. But humans will talk. Despite all efforts, his identify leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as some of the most infamous firebugs in history. 

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By Leland Gregory

Best-selling stand-up comedian Leland Gregory bargains a blockbuster number of greater than two hundred weird and wonderful, bizarre, foolish, stunning, and downright outrageous real tales approximately historic Greek and Roman history.

New York Times best-selling writer Leland Gregory is one in every of Andrews McMeel Publishing’s such a lot profitable noncartoon humorists. foolish, stunning, bizarre, hilariously funny—and outrageously true—the brief anecdotes inside of his anthologies of human stupidity are culled from print, on-line, and broadcast media from all around the world. Inside Stupid historical History, Gregory chronicles Greek philosophers, Roman conquerors, and ancient mythconceptions, including:

 
— To struggle off Roman ships in three hundred BC, Carthaginians catapulted reside snakes at them.
— The Athenian lawmaker Draco died of suffocation whilst presents of cloaks have been showered upon him by means of thankful electorate at an Aegina theater in 620 BC. 
— In historical Rome, lengthy earlier than the appearance of the Christian Bible, Roman males swore to “tell the reality, the full fact, and not anything however the fact” through putting their correct hand on their testicles. It is from this ritual that we derived the time period “testimony.”
—  Of the Seven Wonders of the traditional international, The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus burned to the floor in 356 BC. The arsonist used to be performed; and to ensure his want for eternal status wouldn’t come precise, it was once ordered that his identify be bothered from all files and not pointed out again. But humans will talk. Despite all efforts, his identify leaked, and Herostratus is remembered as some of the most infamous firebugs in history. 

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Ancient Greeks West and East (Mnemosyne, Bibliotheca Classica Batava Supplementum)

By Gocha R. Tsestkhladze

This quantity bargains with the idea that of 'West' and 'East', as held through the traditional Greeks. Cultural trade in Archaic and Classical Greece during the institution of Hellenic colonies round the historical global used to be an immense improvement, and continuously a two-way strategy. to accomplish a formal figuring out of it calls for learn from each perspective. All 24 papers during this quantity mix sorts of proof, discussing them from each point of view: they're tested not just from the perspective of the Greeks yet from that of the locals. The ebook supplies new info, in addition to re-examining present facts and reinterpreting previous theories. The booklet is richly illustrated.

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By Gocha R. Tsestkhladze

This quantity bargains with the idea that of 'West' and 'East', as held through the traditional Greeks. Cultural trade in Archaic and Classical Greece during the institution of Hellenic colonies round the historical global used to be an immense improvement, and continuously a two-way strategy. to accomplish a formal figuring out of it calls for learn from each perspective. All 24 papers during this quantity mix sorts of proof, discussing them from each point of view: they're tested not just from the perspective of the Greeks yet from that of the locals. The ebook supplies new info, in addition to re-examining present facts and reinterpreting previous theories. The booklet is richly illustrated.

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The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War

By Donald Kagan

The first quantity of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume heritage of the Peloponnesian conflict deals a brand new assessment of the origins and motives of the clash, in line with proof produced via glossy scholarship and on a cautious reconsideration of the traditional texts. He focuses his research at the query: used to be the conflict inevitable, or may it were avoided?

Kagan takes factor with Thucydides' view that the battle used to be inevitable, that the increase of the Athenian Empire in a global with an current rival energy made a conflict among the 2 a sure bet. announcing in its place that the foundation of the battle "cannot, with no critical distortion, be handled in isolation from the interior heritage of the states involved," Kagan lines the connections among family politics, constitutional association, and international affairs. He additional examines the facts to determine what judgements have been made that resulted in warfare, at each one element asking even if a distinct determination might were possible.

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By Donald Kagan

The first quantity of Donald Kagan's acclaimed four-volume heritage of the Peloponnesian conflict deals a brand new assessment of the origins and motives of the clash, in line with proof produced via glossy scholarship and on a cautious reconsideration of the traditional texts. He focuses his research at the query: used to be the conflict inevitable, or may it were avoided?

Kagan takes factor with Thucydides' view that the battle used to be inevitable, that the increase of the Athenian Empire in a global with an current rival energy made a conflict among the 2 a sure bet. announcing in its place that the foundation of the battle "cannot, with no critical distortion, be handled in isolation from the interior heritage of the states involved," Kagan lines the connections among family politics, constitutional association, and international affairs. He additional examines the facts to determine what judgements have been made that resulted in warfare, at each one element asking even if a distinct determination might were possible.

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Aristotle on False Reasoning: Language and the World in the Sophistical Refutations (Suny Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy)

By Scott G. Schreiber

Featuring the 1st book-length examine in English of Aristotle s Sophistical Refutations, this paintings takes a clean examine this seminal textual content on fake reasoning. via a cautious and important research of Aristotle s examples of sophistical reasoning, Scott G. Schreiber explores Aristotle s reason for his taxonomy of twelve fallacy kinds. opposite to definite glossy makes an attempt to lessen all flawed reasoning to both blunders of logical shape or linguistic imprecision, Aristotle insists that, as vital as shape and language are, particular types of fake reasoning derive their persuasiveness from flawed ideals in regards to the nature of language and the character of the world."

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By Scott G. Schreiber

Featuring the 1st book-length examine in English of Aristotle s Sophistical Refutations, this paintings takes a clean examine this seminal textual content on fake reasoning. via a cautious and important research of Aristotle s examples of sophistical reasoning, Scott G. Schreiber explores Aristotle s reason for his taxonomy of twelve fallacy kinds. opposite to definite glossy makes an attempt to lessen all flawed reasoning to both blunders of logical shape or linguistic imprecision, Aristotle insists that, as vital as shape and language are, particular types of fake reasoning derive their persuasiveness from flawed ideals in regards to the nature of language and the character of the world."

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Origins of Democracy in Ancient Greece

By Kurt A. Raaflaub, Josiah Ober

This booklet provides a state of the art debate concerning the origins of Athenian democracy through 5 eminent students. the result's a stimulating, severe exploration and interpretation of the extant proof in this interesting and significant subject. The authors handle such questions as: Why was once democracy first learned in old Greece? used to be democracy “invented” or did it evolve over a protracted time period? What have been the stipulations for democracy, the social and political foundations that made this improvement attainable? And what components became the potential of democracy into necessity and truth? The authors first study the stipulations in early Greek society that inspired equality and “people’s power.” They then scrutinize, of their social and political contexts, 3 an important issues within the evolution of democracy: the reforms attached with the names of Solon, Cleisthenes, and Ephialtes within the early and overdue 6th and mid-fifth century. eventually, an historic historian and a political scientist evaluate the arguments provided within the earlier chapters and upload their very own views, asking what classes we will draw at the present time from the traditional democratic event. Designed for a common readership in addition to scholars and students, the e-book intends to impress dialogue via proposing aspect through part the facts and arguments that aid a number of causes of the origins of democracy, therefore allowing readers to affix within the debate and draw their very own conclusions.

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By Kurt A. Raaflaub, Josiah Ober

This booklet provides a state of the art debate concerning the origins of Athenian democracy through 5 eminent students. the result's a stimulating, severe exploration and interpretation of the extant proof in this interesting and significant subject. The authors handle such questions as: Why was once democracy first learned in old Greece? used to be democracy “invented” or did it evolve over a protracted time period? What have been the stipulations for democracy, the social and political foundations that made this improvement attainable? And what components became the potential of democracy into necessity and truth? The authors first study the stipulations in early Greek society that inspired equality and “people’s power.” They then scrutinize, of their social and political contexts, 3 an important issues within the evolution of democracy: the reforms attached with the names of Solon, Cleisthenes, and Ephialtes within the early and overdue 6th and mid-fifth century. eventually, an historic historian and a political scientist evaluate the arguments provided within the earlier chapters and upload their very own views, asking what classes we will draw at the present time from the traditional democratic event. Designed for a common readership in addition to scholars and students, the e-book intends to impress dialogue via proposing aspect through part the facts and arguments that aid a number of causes of the origins of democracy, therefore allowing readers to affix within the debate and draw their very own conclusions.

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Pankration: The Unchained Combat Sport of Ancient Greece

PANKRATION: The Unchained wrestle recreation of historical Greece is an absolutely illustrated consultant to what used to be the cornerstone of the early Olympic video games and Panhellenic gala's. It examines the brutal blood recreation in accordance with the author’s greater than forty-five years of study and perform. thought of the precursor of today’s combined martial arts cage competitions, many historians additionally contend that pankration laid the foundation for the improvement of Asian karate and kung-fu, in addition to different battling types in the course of the global. The content material strains pankration’s historic origins in mythology and at the battlefield the place it was once referred to as pammachon, to its transformation and prominence as an Olympic spectacle. It additionally explores strive against activities of previous civilizations comparable to Egypt, Minoa, and Crete in addition to the adoption of pankration through the Romans. Greek boxing, wrestling, and hoplomachia (weapons festival) in addition to the bloody gladiatorial contests of the Imperial interval also are distinct. event principles, an research of pankration ideas, and coaching equipment are coated in addition to an inventory of all of the Olympic pankration champions from its inception in 648 B.C. until eventually the final documented contest on list. Emphasis is given to the function that pankration performed in Hellenic tradition and its spiritual connection to the gods themselves. The booklet contains quite a few artistic endeavors depicted on vases, frescoes, sculptures, and cash displaying pankratiasts in heated motion and different strive against scenes. This definitive paintings provides new info to the author’s prior books, and brings to mild the significance of pankration as not just the unique MMA, yet because the lacking hyperlink in martial arts evolution.

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PANKRATION: The Unchained wrestle recreation of historical Greece is an absolutely illustrated consultant to what used to be the cornerstone of the early Olympic video games and Panhellenic gala's. It examines the brutal blood recreation in accordance with the author’s greater than forty-five years of study and perform. thought of the precursor of today’s combined martial arts cage competitions, many historians additionally contend that pankration laid the foundation for the improvement of Asian karate and kung-fu, in addition to different battling types in the course of the global. The content material strains pankration’s historic origins in mythology and at the battlefield the place it was once referred to as pammachon, to its transformation and prominence as an Olympic spectacle. It additionally explores strive against activities of previous civilizations comparable to Egypt, Minoa, and Crete in addition to the adoption of pankration through the Romans. Greek boxing, wrestling, and hoplomachia (weapons festival) in addition to the bloody gladiatorial contests of the Imperial interval also are distinct. event principles, an research of pankration ideas, and coaching equipment are coated in addition to an inventory of all of the Olympic pankration champions from its inception in 648 B.C. until eventually the final documented contest on list. Emphasis is given to the function that pankration performed in Hellenic tradition and its spiritual connection to the gods themselves. The booklet contains quite a few artistic endeavors depicted on vases, frescoes, sculptures, and cash displaying pankratiasts in heated motion and different strive against scenes. This definitive paintings provides new info to the author’s prior books, and brings to mild the significance of pankration as not just the unique MMA, yet because the lacking hyperlink in martial arts evolution.

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Histoires Grecques: Snapshots from Antiquity (Revealing Antiquity)

By Maurice Sartre

In a sequence of significant snapshots, each one a different little bit of a bigger tale, Maurice Sartre’s Histoires Grecques spans the grand narrative of Greek tradition over 1000 years and an enormous expanse of land and sea. From Homer to Damascius, from contemporary discoveries in Kandahar to an account of the homicide of Hypatia in 415 CE, each one photograph captures a second within the historical past of Greek civilization. jointly they give a clean point of view on an historical tradition whose wealth and intensity of concept, kind and multiplicity of accomplishments, and stunning continuity via time and house have made it the Western world’s tradition of reference.

A textual fragment, a coin, an epigraph: every one artifact and photograph launches Sartre―and his readers―on a trip into the sensible mysteries of Greek civilization. starting from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean international, those excursions―step via step, second by way of moment―finally quantity to a breathtaking imaginative and prescient of 1 of an important civilizations of all time. Histoires Grecques indicates the newcomer and the pro pupil alike how historical past itself is written―and imparts the adventure, and the excitement, of gaining knowledge of background as discrete tales obvious during the eyes of 1 of the main eminent historians of historic Greece.

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By Maurice Sartre

In a sequence of significant snapshots, each one a different little bit of a bigger tale, Maurice Sartre’s Histoires Grecques spans the grand narrative of Greek tradition over 1000 years and an enormous expanse of land and sea. From Homer to Damascius, from contemporary discoveries in Kandahar to an account of the homicide of Hypatia in 415 CE, each one photograph captures a second within the historical past of Greek civilization. jointly they give a clean point of view on an historical tradition whose wealth and intensity of concept, kind and multiplicity of accomplishments, and stunning continuity via time and house have made it the Western world’s tradition of reference.

A textual fragment, a coin, an epigraph: every one artifact and photograph launches Sartre―and his readers―on a trip into the sensible mysteries of Greek civilization. starting from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean international, those excursions―step via step, second by way of moment―finally quantity to a breathtaking imaginative and prescient of 1 of an important civilizations of all time. Histoires Grecques indicates the newcomer and the pro pupil alike how historical past itself is written―and imparts the adventure, and the excitement, of gaining knowledge of background as discrete tales obvious during the eyes of 1 of the main eminent historians of historic Greece.

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Plato's Symposium (Oxford Approaches to Classical Literature)

Oxford techniques to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces person works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who're imminent them for the 1st time. every one quantity units the paintings in its literary and old context, and goals to provide a balanced and interesting review of its content material, artistry, and function. a short survey of the impact of the paintings upon next generations is integrated to illustrate its enduring relevance and gear. All quotations from the unique are translated into English.

Plato's Symposium tells of a cocktail party at a vital element in Athenian historical past at which the site visitors come to a decision that they're going to each one in flip convey a speech in compliment of affection. The funny and exceptional paintings that follows issues the best way in the direction of all Western brooding about love. The Symposium is additionally considered one of Plato's so much refined meditations at the perform of philosophy. This publication introduces the literary and ancient context of Plato's paintings, surveys and explains the arguments, and considers why Plato has solid this paintings in a hugely strange narrative shape. a last bankruptcy lines the impact of the Symposium from antiquity to the trendy day.

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Oxford techniques to Classical Literature (Series Editors: Kathleen Coleman and Richard Rutherford) introduces person works of Greek and Latin literature to readers who're imminent them for the 1st time. every one quantity units the paintings in its literary and old context, and goals to provide a balanced and interesting review of its content material, artistry, and function. a short survey of the impact of the paintings upon next generations is integrated to illustrate its enduring relevance and gear. All quotations from the unique are translated into English.

Plato's Symposium tells of a cocktail party at a vital element in Athenian historical past at which the site visitors come to a decision that they're going to each one in flip convey a speech in compliment of affection. The funny and exceptional paintings that follows issues the best way in the direction of all Western brooding about love. The Symposium is additionally considered one of Plato's so much refined meditations at the perform of philosophy. This publication introduces the literary and ancient context of Plato's paintings, surveys and explains the arguments, and considers why Plato has solid this paintings in a hugely strange narrative shape. a last bankruptcy lines the impact of the Symposium from antiquity to the trendy day.

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Greek Sacred Law: A Collection of New Documents (NGSL) (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World)

By Eran Lupu

This paintings includes components. half I constitutes a advisor to the corpus of Greek sacred legislations and its contents. A dialogue of the historical past of the corpus and the rules governing its composition is by means of a close overview of its contents, within which the proof is assessed in accordance with material. half II comprises inscriptions released because the past due Nineteen Sixties from everywhere in the Greek global with the exception of Cos and Asia Minor (checklists for those are appended). The textual content of every inscription is gifted along restorations, epigraphical observation, translation, and a finished working observation. many of the inscriptions are illustrated. the quantity should still turn out important to students of Greek faith, historians, and epigraphists.

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By Eran Lupu

This paintings includes components. half I constitutes a advisor to the corpus of Greek sacred legislations and its contents. A dialogue of the historical past of the corpus and the rules governing its composition is by means of a close overview of its contents, within which the proof is assessed in accordance with material. half II comprises inscriptions released because the past due Nineteen Sixties from everywhere in the Greek global with the exception of Cos and Asia Minor (checklists for those are appended). The textual content of every inscription is gifted along restorations, epigraphical observation, translation, and a finished working observation. many of the inscriptions are illustrated. the quantity should still turn out important to students of Greek faith, historians, and epigraphists.

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