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Sarah Emily Bond is a Professor of History at the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on late Roman history, epigraphy, law, topography, GIS, and Digital Humanities.
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The First 5,000 Years
David Graeber - 2011-07-12
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Discover the fascinating history of debt and its impact on human society with this eye-opening book. Anthropologist David Graeber shows that credit systems were used for thousands of years before the invention of money, and that arguments about debt have sparked political debates and insurrections throughout history. Graeber's insights shed light on our modern economic struggles and reveal how ancient debates about debt continue to shape our ideas about right and wrong.
Sarah Bond
Two of my favorite books to teach together when lecturing on the history of ancient financial crisis & debt relief.      source
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The Ancient Economy
Walter Scheidel, Sitta von Reden - 2002-09-01
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Explore the economic life of the ancient world with this insightful book. Delve into the economic processes and fluctuations of ancient times and discover how they relate to political and social change, and conditions. Leading experts provide valuable insights on central issues, from agricultural production to the creation of markets. This interdisciplinary perspective draws on literary, ecological, and archaeological evidence to provide a comprehensive guide to the subject. A must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the ancient economy.
Sarah Bond
Two of my favorite books to teach together when lecturing on the history of ancient financial crisis & debt relief.      source
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My Lots are in Thy Hands
Sortilege and its Practitioners in Late Antiquity (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, 188)
AnneMarie Luijendijk - 2018-10-18
The fourteen essays in this work examine late antique lot divination in the Mediterranean world, employing the overlapping perspectives of religious studies, classics, anthropology, economics, and history....
Sarah Bond
Such a great book. #aleaiactaest      source
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The Past Is a Foreign Country – Revisited
David Lowenthal - 2015-11-26 (first published in 2013)
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Explore the fascinating world of history and memory with this insightful book. Author David Lowenthal delves into how society celebrates, contests, and shapes the past to serve present needs. He reveals how nostalgia and heritage are now ingrained in our culture, with history extending beyond humanity to encompass nature and the cosmos. Lowenthal addresses new insights into bias and objectivity, identity and authenticity, and remorse and contrition, making this an essential read for anyone interested in the past and how it is shaped for the future.
Sarah Bond
It’s one of those books you reread all your life.      source
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Birds in the Ancient World
Winged Words
Jeremy Mynott - 2018-08-05
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Explore the world of birds in ancient times with this fascinating book. From their physical presence in daily life to their place in myths, folklore, and rituals, Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words captures the many roles birds played in ancient societies. With over a hundred translations of classical Greek and Roman texts and nearly a hundred illustrations, readers will gain insight into birds as indicators of time, weather, and seasons, as resources for hunting, medicine, and farming, and even as pets and entertainments. Join author Jeremy Mynott on a journey of discovery through the fascinating cultural history of birds in the ancient world.
Sarah Bond
In conclusion: Sometimes a mouse is just a mouse & a bird is just a bird. But it takes historians, archaeologists, art historians, and classicists to look at context and help us analyze finds in situ. Also, I love this book so much & recommend it strongly:      source
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Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery
The Role of Philosophical Asceticism from Ancient Judaism to Late Antiquity (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli - 2017-01-24
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Explore the history of slavery and social injustice in antiquity and late antiquity in Social Justice and the Legitimacy of Slavery. Ilaria L. E. Ramelli delves into the moral and philosophical views surrounding these practices, showing that definitive condemnations of slavery and social injustice existed. Ramelli investigates ancient philosophy, Judaism, Christianity, and asceticism to provide a comprehensive analysis of the topic. Discover the interconnection between theory and practice in the arguments against slavery and social injustice presented by ancient and patristic philosophers.
Sarah Bond
Currently listening to Prof. Noel Lenski discuss the impact of Christianity on slavery in Late Antiquity. And we have our first shout-out to Gregory of Nyssa and reference to Ilaria Ramelli's important book on social justice and slavery in antiquity.      source
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The Silk Road in World History
Xinru Liu - 2010-07-09
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Explore the fascinating history of the Silk Road, a network of ancient trade routes connecting East Asia with the Mediterranean world. Discover how the interdependence and conflicts between agricultural China and steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty led to the establishment of this complex exchange system. Learn about the goods, including silk, fragrances, spices, and gems, that were traded along this route, which survived the fall of empires and reached its golden age during the early middle age. Using supply and demand as the framework, this book examines the cultural forces underlying material transactions, illustrating the interconnections of the diverse participants in the transcontinental Silk Road exchange. Discover how the world was linked through economic and ideological forces long before the modern era.
Sarah Bond
Xinru Liu ties together many important strands in her book _The Silk Road in World History_ esp. a chapter on Buddhism & the Kushan Empire. She also has an excellent article revising the negative reputation of "nomadic" societies:      source
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The Lure of the Arena
Social Psychology and the Crowd at the Roman Games
Garrett G. Fagan - 2011-03-31
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"The Lure of the Arena" explores the captivating phenomenon of why thousands of Romans flocked to watch brutal gladiatorial games. Rather than theorizing about the cultural function of the arena, the author delves into the social-psychological dynamics that attract individuals to public rituals of violence. This book provides a fascinating insight not only into the Roman games but also into ourselves and our own attraction to such events.
Sarah Bond
@wmarybeard I think perhaps we have discussed this before, but I cannot write about gladiators w/o Garrett's splendid book on the sociology of violence in games. For Richard's Festschrift he also wrote an epic chapter on gladiatorial schools if you want It. Good luck!      source
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Black Samson
The Untold Story of an American Icon
Jeremy Schipper - 2020-07-01
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Discover the untold story of an American icon with Black Samson. In this powerful book, Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper explore how African Americans associated Samson with their fight against racial oppression. Schipper and Junior introduce readers to inspiring historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, and Malcolm X, revealing how invoking the biblical character of Samson became a powerful tool for African American activists and artists. This provocative book delves into our nation's contested racial history and the enduring impact of an iconic hero.
Sarah Bond
A great overview and important tracing of the reception of Black Samson. Definitely go read the book, y'all. #BlkSamson      source
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The Roman Retail Revolution
The Socio-Economic World of the Taberna
Steven J. R. Ellis - 2018-05-22
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Explore the vital role of tabernae - food and drink outlets - in ancient Roman cities with this richly researched and interdisciplinary investigation. Through a critical analysis of archaeological and textual sources, the book unveils the historical development of Roman retail landscapes, identifying three major waves or revolutions in the shaping of the city. This original and insightful volume draws from recent excavations of a Pompeian neighborhood and a field survey of more than 100 Roman cities, providing a fresh perspective on the lives of the Roman sub-elite and the evolution of urbanism in ancient Rome.
Sarah Bond
@StevenEllis74 @Pompeiana79 @Annaleen It’s such a fantastic book. I hope you do an audio version one day.      source
Asylia by Kent J. Rigsby
Work Pray Code by Carolyn Chen
Using Ostraca in the Ancient World by Clementina Caputo, Julia Lougovaya
Byzantine Intersectionality by Roland Betancourt
Chasing Vines by Beth Moore
The Phantom Image by Patrick R. Crowley
The Cigarette by Sarah Milov
The Personalization of the Museum Visit by Seph Rodney
Bishops in Flight by Jennifer Barry
Force and Freedom by Kellie Carter Jackson
Conformit� De La Foi Avec La Raison, Ou D�fense De La Religion, Contre Les Principales Difficultez R�pandues Dans Le Dictionnaire Historique & Critique De Mr. Bayle by Anthony J. Barbieri-Low
Nefertiti’s Face by Joyce Tyldesley
On the Bullet Train with Emily Brontë by Judith Pascoe
Sacred Plunder by David M. Perry
The Emperor and the World by Alicia Walker
Invisible Romans by Robert Knapp
The Last Pagans of Rome by Alan Cameron
Imperial Mines and Quarries in the Roman World by Alfred Michael Hirt
Cæsar’s Calendar by Denis Feeney
Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome by Gregory S. Aldrete
The Bone Gatherers by Nicola Denzey
Women's Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC-AD 800 by Roger Bagnall, Raffaella Cribiore
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs by Nadia Maria el Cheikh
The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily by R. Ross Holloway
Strega Nona by Tomie Depaola
On Roman Time by Michele Renee Salzman