John Julius Norwich
John Julius Norwich's classic history of Byzantium tells the epic story in all its lurid, magnificent and compelling detail in three magnificent volumes: The Early Centuries, The Apogee and The Decline and Fall.
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.
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.
So impossible to vanquish with words that Mark Antony put him to death, Cicero was a master of rhetoric and declamation. His Orations live on, echoed by the most famous speakers of modern times, from Winston Churchill to Barack Obama. In a rare commission for Folio, Tom Phillips, RA, has illustrated this edition.
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.
Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece has never been surpassed for scholarship or elegant prose, remaining an everlasting historical classic. The first four volumes.
Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece has never been surpassed for scholarship or elegant prose, remaining an everlasting historical classic. Volumes 5-8.
Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece has never been surpassed for scholarship or elegant prose, remaining an everlasting historical classic.
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.
There have been numerous books on the subject of paganism and early Christianity, but this is the first major work in English to set both side by side and explain how one gave way to the other. In his brilliant narrative, Robin Lane Fox confirms the enduring importance of the pagan religion in the ancient world.