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and Rome at War by Peter Connolly - Breathtaking analysis of
twelve centuries of warfare. Peter Connolly combines a detailed account of the
arms and armies of Greece and Rome with his superb, full-color artwork. Making
use of fresh archeological evidence and new material on the manufacture and use
of weapons, the author presents sumptuous color illustrations recognized as the
best and most accurate of their kind. Chapters cover organization, tactics,
armor and weapons, fortifications, and much more. The armies of Greece, Macedon,
and Rome are brought vividly to life. Chapters on the wars between the Romans
and Hannibal lucidly demonstrate the face of battle in ancient times.
Peter Connolly is renowned for both his scholarship of the ancient world and his
skill as an illustrator.
350 + color illustrations, 38 maps. Hardcover,
320 pages. 11.2"x8.7"x1.2". 1998 edition.
Out of print, one copy available, rare.
Rosemary Sutcliff Set of 2 Books
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of
the Iliad by
Sutcliff, illustrated by Alan Lee. Extraordinary stories such as those of
the Trojan horse, Aphrodite and the golden apple, and the fearsome Amazon
warrior women are made more accessible by the author's retelling. Alan Lee's
beautiful and dramatic watercolors are a magnificent accompaniment.
This book is excellent for all ages; it is especially good as a read-aloud to
younger children and for independent reading by ages 10+.
When our son was around 14, he participated in a book-discussion group that was studying the Iliad. He was reading a unabridged translation on his own while
also listening to it on tape with our whole whole family (finally, I "read" the
entire Iliad!) While I'm glad we did it, the battle scenes were a bit
repetitive. Anyhow... while the group met for their discussion, siblings
would wait with their moms in the local coffee shop. One young man bought
Black Ships Before Troy from us so he could study the same topic as his
older sister, which was a terrific idea.
Hardcover, 128 pages.
From the publisher:
Homer's epic poem, The Iliad, is one of the greatest adventure stories of all
time. Rich with arresting imagery and memorable characters, its powerful
metaphors still permeate modern culture. This brilliant retelling offers young
readers an exciting introduction to the heroes of ancient Greece while providing
the complete story of the battle of Troy. The legendary beauty, Helen, is
abducted, leading to a decade-long conflict in which even the gods and goddesses
take sides and intervene. This is the Trojan War, where the most valiant heroes
of the ancient world are pitted against one another. Here Hector, Ajax,
Achilles, and Odysseus meet their most formidable challenges and in some cases,
their tragic ends. Rosemary Sutcliff makes such extraordinary stories as those
of the Trojan horse, of Aphrodite and the golden apple, and of the fearsome
warrior women, the Amazons, accessible to contemporary young people. Superb
illustrations enhance the story's dramatic appeal.
Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of The Odyssey
Sutcliff, illustrated by Alan Lee. The long siege is over, and Troy lies in ashes. The
black ships of the Greek war-host set sail for home. But for heroic King
Odysseus of Ithaca, the return voyage holds hazards far greater than any he
faced during the Trojan war.
Forced by ill winds into unknown seas,
Odysseus has to contend not only with the blunders of his crew, but with
ever-stranger perils: the flesh-eating Cyclops, Circe with her deadly
enchantments, the soul-chilling Land of the Dead - years of trials that seem
always worse than the ones that came before. And when he finally reaches the
shores of Ithaca, it is to find his beloved wife, Penelope, plagued by a rabble
of suitors, who must be driven out before Odysseus can reclaim her love and his
For this dramatic companion to Black Ships
Before Troy, Rosemary Sutcliff and Alan Lee have transformed Homer's
magnificent epic poem, The Odyssey, into an enthralling traveler's tale
with a spectacular cast of men, magicians, and monsters. Together, they bring to
vivid life the raucous thrill of mythical Greece and the history of the world's
Hardcover, 120 pages.
Both books come together.
One set available.
#FUN104 $49.90 $29.99
Ships Before Troy Digest Size by
Rosemary Sutcliff - This a
small, paperbound version of the book without illustrations. The format is
designed to appeal to teenagers who might view the above hardcover version as
too much like a "picture book".
Paper, 159 pages. 6.75"x4"x.7"
Brush Up Your Classics! by Michael Macrone - Here is a fabulous and fun
reference guide to the Latin and Greek origins of such words and expressions as
"windbag" and "seize the day," as well as a lively tour through the literature
and life of ancient times. With fun black-and-white illustrations, this
irreverent and informative book provides history, maps, and even a glossary for
a unique way to revisit the ancient classics.
Hardcover, 239 pages. 8.5"x5.8"x.9".
(Out of print, limited quantities available).
Brush Up Your Mythology by Michael Macrone - From gods such as Zeus and Hercules
to tales of mortals, magical objects, charmed places, even flowers and trees.
Brush Up Your Mythology is an entertaining catalogue of "divinely" inspired
world origins as well as a fascinating tour of the tales and legends that make
up the fabulous world of mythology.
Hardcover, 237 pages. 8.6"x5.8"x.9". Originally published as
By Jove! Brush Up Your Mythology.
(Out of print, limited quantities available).
Children's Homer by
Padraic Colum. A classic retelling that combines the
stories from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey into one exciting, heroic tale that
introduces children to Greek mythology.
Travel back to a mythical time when Achilles, aided by the gods, waged war
against the Trojans. And join Odysseus on his journey through murky waters,
facing obstacles like the terrifying Scylla and whirring Charybdis, the
beautiful enchantress Circe, and the land of the raging Cyclôpes. Using
narrative threads from The Iliad and The Odyssey, Padraic Colum weaves a
stunning adventure with all the drama and power that Homer intended.
Paper, 256 pages. Ages 10-14.
Book of Greek Myths Colorful watercolor drawings illustrate this book by the
legendary husband and wife team. The D'Aulaires retell the myths of the ancient
Greeks with an enthusiastic style all their own. A great read-aloud for young
children; readers young and old will enjoy independent reading. Our children's
copy is well-worn, and both highly recommend it.
Paper, 192 pages. 12.25"x8.75"x.6"
The Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by
Colum - Enter a world where harpies torment mortals, the Argonaut Orpheus sings,
the mighty god Zeus wages war on the Titans, and Prometheus steals fire. Author Padraic Colum weaves the tales of Jason and his Argonauts with classic Greek
mythology to create this captivating epic about life, war, and astounding beings
who lived in a time long past.
Paper, 320 pages. Ages 10+.
Greek Myths Stories of Hercules, King Midas (my son's favorite), and
Medusa become understandable to children. Jim offers asides to help those unfamiliar with
the gods of ancient Greece. Emphasis on character over violence.
King Midas and the Golden Touch, Adventures of Hercules, Perseus and
Medusa, and Arachne.
Ages 5 to adult.
The Iliad by Homer, translated by Robert
Fitzgerald's translation recreates the original action as conceived by Homer,
using fresh and flexible blank verse that is both lyrical and dramatic.
Winner of the 1976 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.
pages. 7"x4.25"x.5". Page edges are starting to yellow.
#9411X 8.95 $5.99
One copy available.
Life in Ancient
Greece Coloring Book by John Green, Dover. This
more-than-just-a-coloring-book contains over 40 detailed illustrations depicting
numerous aspects of ancient Greek culture as well as interesting accompanying
Paper, 48 pages. 8.25"x11"
Lysis Goes to the Play by Caroline Dale Snedeker,
illustrated by Elizabeth Palmer Clark - All original text with lovely new
illustrations. Here is a gentle story, motivated by sibling love and ending
happily, that explores the culture of pagan Athenian society in the time of
Euripides. Lysis and his sister Callisto go to a play during the festival of
Dionysus, breaking many of the societal restrictions on the roles of boys and
girls, children and adults. Roles of men and women, free men of other
city-states, Athenian citizens and slaves come into focus. The pantheon of Greek
gods, goddesses and heroes are seen from the eyes of these children.
Make this Model Trojan Horse (Usborne)
- You only need to supply the glue and the scissors/craft knife to turn the
pages of this book into a model of the legendary Trojan Horse (a cutting board
and ruler are helpful tools to have as well). The model's
wheels turn and its hatch opens to reveal the secret interior. The background
shows the city of Troy by both day and night so the whole story is recreated.
The figures of people include both the Greek besiegers and the Trojan defenders.
The model measures 13" (330mm) high, 26" (670mm) wide and 12" (305mm) deep and
is made out of heavy cardstock.
Odyssey by Homer (the Robert Fitzgerald translation) - Robert
Fitzgerald's translation of Homer's Odyssey is the best and best-loved modern
translation of the greatest of all epic poems. Since 1961, this Odyssey has sold
more than two million copies, and it is the standard translation for three
generations of students and poets. Fitzgerald's supple verse is ideally suited
to the story of Odysseus' long journey back to his wife and home after the
Trojan War. Homer's tale of love, adventure, food and drink, sensual pleasure,
and mortal danger reaches the English-language reader in all its glory.
Of the many translations published since World War II, only Fitzgerald's has won
admiration as a great poem in English. The noted classicist D. S. Carne-Ross
explains the many aspects of its artistry in his introduction, written
especially for this edition.
One copy available.
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by George
Herbert Palmer (Dover Publications) - Perhaps the most celebrated of all Western
narratives, the Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus's roundabout voyage home to
Ithaca where his beloved Penelope awaits. In stories along the way, he famously
encounters Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops, and many, many others. This
translation renders the classic more economically than others.
Paper, 255 pages. 8"x5"x.75".
One copy available.
She & He: Adventures in Mythology
(Jim Weiss) - This collection includes the tales of
Psyche and Cupid, Echo and Narcissus, Atalanta and the Golden Apples, and more - with an
emphasis on the value of love and honor. The Greek myths become accessible to even young
Ages 5 to adult.
and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker and illustrated by Dimitris
Davis. Young Theras, born an Athenian, is taken to Sparta by a relative when his
father is lost at war. He is forced to live like a Spartan, a brutal life with
no pity for those who are not physically perfect and totally obedient to Spartan
control. After enduring rigorous traning and repeated cruel incidents, he
escapes with a Perioikoi boy and heads for his beloved Athens.
Here is a
story of a hard and dangerous journey including an escape from slavers.
The author, twice a Newbery Honor winner, captures the authentic flavor of
ancient Greek culture in a story of adventure and excitement that fully
illustrates the differences between the Athenian and Spartan cultures.
Paper, 227 pages. Pen and ink illustrations. Ages 10+.
Out of print, one copy available.
The Trojan Horse is a Random House Step-Into-Reading book designed for
ages 7-10 that follows the story of how the Greeks conquered Troy after a
ten-year siege. Color illustrations.
Paper, 48 pages. 9"x6".2"
The Trojan War by Olivia
Coolidge - Using stories from the Illiad, Odyssey, and mythology, the author has
woven a consecutive, unified narrative, which has great appeal for young people
and also for adults in search of a good introduction to Greek classics in
general and Homer in particular. In this retelling of the Trojan War, the author
crafts heroes and gods into real, multidimensional characters, with vibrant
storytelling and finely wrought action that has made Coolidge's version of the
Fall of Troy accessible to generations.
Softcover book. 244 pages.
Out of print edition. Only one copy available.
Life in Ancient Rome Coloring Book Dover. Detailed illustrations
depict numerous aspects of ancient Roman culture.
All the magnificence of ancient Rome, brought to life in 41 finely detailed
illustrations depicting the defeat of Germanic invaders (c. 108 BC), the
crushing of a slave revolt (71 BC), the assassination of Julius Caesar (44 BC)
and more. Captions describe Roman cultural life, major landmarks, leaders and
Paper, 48 pages. 8.25"x11".
Pompeii...Buried Alive! (Step into Reading Books : Step 3 ) A
moment-by-moment account of the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD that
buried the town of Pompeii and its citizens. Full-color illustrations, large
Independent RL: ages 7-9. Paper, 48 pages.
Eyewitness to History contains Pliny's first-hand account of the eruption, a good read-aloud
The Silver Branch by
Sutcliff - This sequel to The Eagle of the Ninth takes place in the late
third century. The grandson
of the lost Ninth Legion's unit commander joins the Roman side in the fight
against a tyrannical British emperor. The adventure takes the reader into a maze
of intrigue that takes the main characters to a distant outpost and then into an
underground organization of secret agents in the service of Rome.
The next book in the series is The Lantern Bearers.
Historical fiction. Young Adult. Paper, 231 pages. (Written in 1957). Setting:
Britain 3rd century AD.
Out of print.
here for other Rosemary Sutcliff historical novels.
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