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Uncover the histories of the ancients, from the military campaigns of the Romans, the scientific advances of the Greeks to the religion and society of the Egyptians, with the Folio Society’s collection of ancient history books. Each book includes original illustrations or carefully researched photographs and a specially designed hardback cover. See below for the full list of Folio Ancient History books.

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Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic book

Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

Tom Holland

A gripping account of the twilight of the Roman Republic and its bloody transformation into empire; the story of Caesar’s generation, thrillingly told.

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The Campaigns of Alexander book

The Campaigns of Alexander

Arrian

Written in the 2nd century AD and featuring a new preface by Annabel Lyon, this account of Alexander's conquests is a classic of ancient military history.

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Carthage: A History book

Carthage: A History

Serge Lancel

Before Rome conquered the known world, the people of Carthage reigned supreme. Using archeological findings, ancient texts and legend, Serge Lancel creates a picture of a civilisation so beautiful and powerful that the Romans burnt it to the ground so it could never challenge them again.

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The Classical World book

The Classical World

Robin Lane Fox

Astoundingly broad and ambitious in scope, this brilliant history begins with Homer and ends with Hadrian. With a new introduction by the author.

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Cleopatra: A Life book

Cleopatra: A Life

Stacy Schiff

One of the most fascinating women in history, brilliantly re-examined in a stellar biography.

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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes book

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Amin Maalouf

A ground-breaking account of the Crusades by Amin Maalouf, Lebanese journalist, award winning novelist and member of the Académie française.

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The Dynasties of China book

The Dynasties of China

Bamber Gascoigne

Bamber Gascoigne leads us on an exhilarating journey spanning three and a half millennia of Chinese imperial civilisation.

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The Epic of Gilgamesh book

The Epic of Gilgamesh

The world’s earliest known work of narrative poetry is one of the most powerful epics ever written

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The Gnostic Gospels book

The Gnostic Gospels

A superbly edited collection by the world's leading Gnostic scholars, this Folio edition opens the window on a remarkable and enlightening discovery.

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Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology book

Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology

C. W. Ceram

A treasure trove of archaeological wonder: C. W. Ceram’s infectiously enthusiastic volume is an enduring classic.

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Greek Science book

Greek Science

G.E.R. Lloyd

G.E.R. Lloyd traces the birth of science from Thales to Galen. A new foreword by Lewis Wolpert, Emeritus Professor at University College London, pays tribute to the Ancient Greeks and to Lloyd’s exploration of their fundamental role.

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The Odyssey book

The Odyssey

Homer

The essential classical text presented in the renowned Robert Fagles translation.

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Nineveh and Babylon book

Nineveh and Babylon

Austen Henry Layard

A.H. Layard’s discovery of the Assyrian citadel Nineveh was momentous. This edition displays his celebrated pictures of the site, done in situ. In his introduction, Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian and Assyrian at the University of London, applauds Layard’s adventurous spirit.

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The Phoenicians book

The Phoenicians

Glenn E. Markoe

The Phoenicians is an illuminating insight into a lost civilisation. They are one of the great enigmas of the ancient world, celebrated as learned scribes, who passed on the first written alphabet.

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The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon book

The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon

Sei Shōnagon

The revelatory personal writings of a lady at the court of Empress Sadako, luxuriously illustrated with watercolour paintings.

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