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Brand new Short Histories

This week sees the return of our Short Histories series, with introductions to Ancient Greece and the New Testament.

Brand new Short Histories... Ancient Greece and the New TestamentIntroductions with an edge from the world’s experts – covering events and movements from the ancient and classical world, late antiquity, medieval, modern, and 20th century – our Short Histories move beyond the bland, neutral ‘introduction’ that is too often served.

In A Short History of Ancient Greece, P.J. Rhodes explores the archaic (8th–early 5th centuries BCE), classical (5th and 4th centuries BCE) and Hellenistic (late 4th–mid-2nd centuries BCE) periods up to the beginning of Roman hegemony. Exploring topics such as the epic struggle with Persia; the bitter rivalry of Athens and Sparta; slaves and ethnicity; religion and philosophy; and literature and the visual arts, this is, in equal measure, the most authoritative and accessible introduction yet on Ancient Greece.

Halvor Moxnes’ A Short History of the New Testament shows how the writings of this vibrant text came into being from oral transmission and then became the pillar of a great world religion. In discussing its textual origins, as well as its later reception, Moxnes shows above all how the New Testament has been employed both as a tool for liberation and as a means of power and control.

Previous Short Histories include introductions to English Renaissance Drama, the American Revolutionary War, the Byzantine Empire and the Spanish Civil War.

A complete list of releases, new and forthcoming can be found at short-histories.com. ■

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