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[Originally published at the now defunct group blog explananda.com]


Posted on August 16, 2006
Tags: book_reviews

For fun, not work:

—Xenophon’s Anabasis. Classic tale, with useful pointers in case you should ever find yourself stuck in the middle of a hostile kingdom after having backed an aspirant to the throne who has gone and died in battle. Oh, those plucky Greeks!

—Plutarch’s Lives of Demosthenes, Cicero, Alexander and Caesar. The life of Alexander was fun to compare with Arrian’s biography, also recently read.

—Wodehouse. Uncle Fred in Springtime. More wanton silliness.

—Anthony Grafton. Forgers and Critics. Lived up to my expectations.

-Jonathan Ames. Wake Up, Sir! Already mentioned here.

ed. Lawrence Trittle. The Greek World in the Fourth Century: From the fall of the Athenian Empire to the successors of Alexander. What a bloody and complicated mess the Fourth Century B.C. was in Greece. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the basics.

Arnaldo Momigliano. The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography. Oh Arnaldo! I think I’m in love.