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The Oracle: The Lost Secrets and Hidden Message of Ancient Delphi  

Broad, W.
London: Penguin Press, 2006. ISBN 1594200815.
A New York Times science journalist profiles a team of scientists--an archaeologist, geologist, geochemist, and toxicologist--as they reveal the Oracle's greatest secret. See also our review. 336 pages.
Antiquity & Photography. Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites 

Szegedy Maszak, A., et al.
Los Angeles: J.Paul Getty Museum, 2005. ISBN 0892368055.
More than 100 images, made between 1840 and 1880 soon after photographic techniques were devised, appear in this book. See also our review. 226 pages.
The Quest for the Lost Roman Legions 

Clunn, T.
New York: Savas Beatie, 2005. ISBN 1932714081.
Tony Clunn relates his discovery of 105 Roman denarii near Kalkriese, Germany, and what followed. See also our review. 408 pages.
Alexander: Destiny and Myth 

Mossé, C., and J. Lloyd, trans.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. ISBN 0801879965.
Alexander the Great is among one of the most legendary rulers of the ages. In this book, the author re-examines the scant direct material evidence relating to the man--inscriptions, coins, portraits, etc--and assesses his history. Mossé looks at Alexander's reign, character, legacy and image as held by his subjects. 244 pages.
Ancient Greek Athletics 

Miller, S.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. ISBN 0300100833.
This well-illustrated volume on sports in the Greek world was written by the excavator of Nemea, a site which also hosted the ancient sacred games. 288 pages.
Athens: From Ancient Ideal to Modern City  

Waterfield, W.
New York: Basic Books, 2004. ISBN 046509063X.
This readable account of Athens' incredible history traces the city whose idealized past continues to inspire the present. 400 pages.
Death and the Emperor 

Davies, P.
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. ISBN 0292702752.
Davies looks at funerary monuments, examining those that date from the reigns of Augustus to Marcus Aurelius. She focuses on several kinds of architecture and what the architecture is attempting to achieve and retain about the person. Numerous pictures and illustrations supplement her analysis. 281 pages.
Death and the Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monuments From Augustus to Marcus Aurelius 

Davies, P.
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2004. ISBN 0292702752.
Penelope Davies sets out to ask “How did the Romans bury Caesar? With What monuments did they sing his praises?” Davies book is a valuable new contribution to the studies of Roman imperial cult, political propoganda and topography, touching upon a broad array of aspects of Roman Imperial culture. 265 pages.
Eugenie Sellers Strong: Portrait of an Archaeologist 

Dyson, S.
London: Duckworth, 2004. ISBN 0792263197.
Readers get a lot of facts about Strong's scholarship and social life in this well-researched biography that nevertheless leaves unanswered many questions about this complex British archaeologist who had a love of all things Roman. See also our review. 244 pages.
Gardens of the Roman World 

Bowe, P.
Los Angeles: J. Getty Museum, 2004. ISBN 0892367407.
This book depicts gardens ranging in style and use from humble sustenance to imperial luxury (including Hadrian's Villa), but all featuring that stunning Mediterranean sunshine. 176 pages.

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