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Cosmos, Chaos and the Word to Come by Norman Cohn: the cosmic carrot on the stick

Cosmos, Chaos and the World to Come: The Ancient Roots of Apocalyptic Faith by Norman Cohn My rating: 5 of 5 stars A dense, authoritative survey of the development of the myth of the millennium and a future paradise. Awaiters … Continue reading

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Hellenistic Civilisation by W. W. Tarn: when East and West first moshed

Hellenistic Civilisation by W.W. Tarn My rating: 5 of 5 stars A keen-sighted overview of a turning-point in the development of Western civilization, by an author with deep knowledge of the period. I wish I’d got this book sooner, for … Continue reading

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Herod’s Judaea by Samuel Rocca

Herod’s Judaea by Samuel Rocca My rating: 4 of 5 stars This fabulously expensive book gives a wide-ranging, well-researched survey of the kingdom of Herod the Great. Even though this book appeared to be exactly what I wanted and needed … Continue reading

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The Histories by Herodotus

The Histories by Herodotus My rating: 3 of 5 stars This chatty account of the first great clash of East and West demands an interest in, and preferably a knowledge of, the people and places of that time. I acquired … Continue reading

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