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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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The Anglo-Saxons book

The Anglo-Saxons

James Campbell

Still one of the most influential books in its field, Campbell’s account of six hundred years of power struggles, blood-feuds, conquest and gold hoards is now vividly portrayed by Folio with full-colour photographs.

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The Celts book

The Celts

Nora Chadwick

A captivating edition of the classic survey of the rise and spread of the Celts, with new colour photography.

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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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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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The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion book

The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

Sir James George Frazer

James George Frazer's monumental classic, The Golden Bough – a subversive study of religion and folklore that scandalised its first readers – in a lavishly illustrated Folio edition.

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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 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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Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town book

Pompeii - The Life Of A Roman Town

Mary Beard

In this award-winning history, Mary Beard guides us through the daily life of Pompeii – an existence that is far more complex than we might have realised. Lively, exciting and accessible, this book brings us as close as possible to the real Pompeii.

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Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind book

Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind

Colin Renfrew

A brilliant overview of prehistory by a ‘towering influence’ in archaeology.

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The Rise of Rome book

The Rise of Rome

Polybius

One of the most influential classical histories, enhanced with magnificent full-page coin portraits. Introduced by Michael Scott.

Out of print Price: US$ 92.95

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 Tomb of Tutankhamun book

The Tomb of Tutankhamun

Howard Carter

Carter’s own thrilling testimony, with spectacular colour images by Sandro Vannini and the original photographs by Harry Burton.

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The Twelve Caesars book

The Twelve Caesars

The gripping first-hand account of the turbulent history of Imperial Rome told through the lives of the Caesars, from Julius Caesar to Domitian, vividly translated and illustrated with wood-engraving portraits.

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The World of Herodotus book

The World of Herodotus

Aubrey de Sélincourt

This sparkling study of the ancient world pays tribute to Herodotus, whose Histories made him a forefather of the modern historian.

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The World of Late Antiquity book

The World of Late Antiquity

Peter Brown

This fascinating history debunks the notion of a fallow ‘Dark Ages’ following the decline of Rome’s political influence, revealing an Eastern Mediterranean blossoming with theological and cultural innovation.

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