June 2, 2012


The book I'm 2nd most grateful ever to have read... has been revised. (H/T BMCR)
*Hornblower, Simon, Antony Spawforth and Esther Eidinow (edd.). The Oxford classical dictionary. Fourth edition. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. lv, 1592 p. $175.00. ISBN 9780199545568.
Someone asked me recently where to get started learning the basic facts of first century history. Actually, my strongest recommendation is to start with this book...  or a used copy of its earlier edition (1996)... 


Once you have them, simply begin doing what all erstwhile scholars eventually must.

Follow the footnotes!

Other items of interest in this month's Bryn Mawr listing include:
Liebs, Detlef. Summoned to the Roman courts: famous trials from antiquity (translated by Rebecca L. R. Garber and Carole Gustely C├╝rten). Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 2012. viii, 274 p. $60.00. ISBN 9780520259621. 
Minchin, Elizabeth (ed.). Orality, literacy and performance in the ancient world. Orality and literacy in the ancient world, vol. 9; Mnemosyne supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature, 335. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2012. xviii, 268 p. $148.00. ISBN 9789004217744. 
Richardson, J. S. Augustan Rome 44 BC to AD 14: the restoration of the Republic and the establishment of the Empire. The Edinburgh history of Ancient Rome. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012. xviii, 266 p. $40.00 (pb). ISBN 9780748619559.

Sigh. If I had unlimited money and time, I'd buy and read new books just like these every day. For tonight, though, it'll just be more of the same - books purchased long ago that I've not yet finished reading!

Happy reading to all...

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