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"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and balanced account we have."— Boston Globe . "Superb, balanced in interpretation... immensely readable and full of new and interesting detail."—George Herring, Univ. of Kentucky.

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A lavishly illustrated survey of the most remarkable archaeological finds in the world. With its beautiful illustrations and informative, approachable text, this book is packed with fascinating information.

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Written four hundred years before the birth of Christ, this detailed contemporary account of the struggle between Athens and Sparta stands an excellent chance of fulfilling the author's ambitious claim that the work "was done to last forever." The conflicts…

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Translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt with an introduction and Notes by John M. Marincola. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics…

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Despite its prestigious reputation as the longest-established and most-admired monarchy in Europe, the history of the British royal family is punctuated by scandal, murders, betrayals, plots and treason. Since William the Conqueror seized the crown in 1066,…

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The 24 unique, fascinating, and beautiful maps and views in this book date from the 12th century to the present, including some of the earliest known maps of London as well as topographical maps, views of iconic locations and monuments, transit maps, maps used…

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Medieval Life describes in meticulous yet vivid dtails manners, customs and dress during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Wide ranging in its coverage, it provides a complete picture of what it must have been like to be alive at this momentous point in history.…

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In July 1917, when the Provisional Government issued a warrant for his arrest, Lenin fled from Petrograd; later that year, the October Revolution swept him to supreme power. In the short intervening period he spent in Finland, he wrote his impassioned,…

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In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in Ancient Rome, through fifteenth-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as…

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Edward Gibbon's six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-88) is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature. Its subject is the fate of one of the world's greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries…

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The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200–118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Opening with the Punic War in 264 BC, he vividly…

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Since their chance discovery in a series of mountain caves in the area between Jerusalem and Jericho in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been the source of endless debate between scholars and religious organizations. Many books have been written, and many…