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            Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1)
             

            Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1) (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Harari, Yuval Noah

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            The smash #1 New York Times and international bestseller recommended by President Barack Obama and Bill Gates, now available as a graphic novel with gorgeous full-color illustrations and concise, easy to comprehend text for readers of all ages. One hundred thousand years ago, at ...least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one--homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? In this full-color illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind's creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be human. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas. Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari's ideas to a wide new readership.
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            ISBN 9780063051331
            Publisher Harper Perennial
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern
             

            Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern (Hardback)

            By Beard, Mary

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            • Pub Date
              3 Jan 22

            From the bestselling author of SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome, the fascinating story of how images of Roman autocrats have influenced art, culture, and the representation of power for more than 2,000 years What does the face of power look like? Who gets commemorated in art and w...hy? And how do we react to statues of politicians we deplore? In this book-against a background of today's sculpture wars -Mary Beard tells the story of how for more than two millennia portraits of the rich, powerful, and famous in the western world have been shaped by the image of Roman emperors, especially the twelve Caesars, from the ruthless Julius Caesar to the fly-torturing Domitian. Twelve Caesars asks why these murderous autocrats have loomed so large in art from antiquity and the Renaissance to today, when hapless leaders are still caricatured as Neros fiddling while Rome burns. Beginning with the importance of imperial portraits in Roman politics, this richly illustrated book offers a tour through 2,000 years of art and cultural history, presenting a fresh look at works by artists from Memling and Mantegna to the nineteenth-century African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, as well as by generations of now-forgotten weavers, cabinetmakers, silversmiths, printers, and ceramicists. Rather than a story of a simple repetition of stable, blandly conservative images of imperial men and women, Twelve Caesars is an unexpected tale of changing identities, clueless or deliberate misidentifications, fakes, and often ambivalent representations of authority. From Beard's reconstruction of Titian's extraordinary lost Room of the Emperors to her reinterpretation of Henry VIII's famous Caesarian tapestries, Twelve Caesars includes some fascinating detective work and offers a gripping story of some of the most challenging and disturbing portraits of power ever created. Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
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            ISBN 9780691222363
            Released NZ 3 Jan 2022
            Publisher Princeton University Pre
            Interest Age General Audience
            Series Bollingen Series
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            The Great Wall Through Time: A 2,700-Year Journey Along the World's Greatest Wall
             

            The Great Wall Through Time: A 2,700-Year Journey Along the World's Greatest Wall (Hardback)

            By DK; Illustrated by Fei, Du

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            • Pub Date
              6 Jan 22

            Embark on an unforgettable time-travelling journey along one of the world's greatest landmarks: the Great Wall of China. Spanning 2,700 years and over 21,000km (13,000 miles), this beautifully illustrated children's book reveals the fascinating story of the Great Wall and the ind...ividuals that helped build it. What started out as a frontier defence against northern tribesmen has, over time, become one of the seven great wonders of the world. Exquisite panoramic illustrations and engaging text bring to life key periods and turning points in the Great Wall's history - from the first defensive forts built in 656 BCE to its painstaking present-day restoration. Cutaway views reveal the interiors of important buildings, and pull-out details introduce fascinating facts and key characters. Children will also love searching for the adventurous time-travelling fox who appears in each of the artworks. Perfect for parents and children to pore over together, The Great Wall Through Time makes a gorgeous gift or collector's item. Fun, interactive, and packed with details, it vividly presents Chinese history to children as they have never seen it before.
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            ISBN 9780241509173
            Released NZ 6 Jan 2022
            Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
            Interest Age 9-11 years
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            The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
             

            The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (Hardback)

            By Graeber, David; Wengrow, David

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            A trailblazing account of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution--from the development of agriculture and cities to the emergence of the state, political violence, and social inequality--and revealing new possibilities for human emancip...ation. For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike--either free and equal innocents, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the eighteenth century as a conservative reaction to powerful critiques of European society posed by Indigenous observers and intellectuals. Revisiting this encounter has startling implications for how we make sense of human history today, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery, and civilization itself. Drawing on pathbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we learn to throw off our conceptual shackles and perceive what's really there. If humans did not spend 95 percent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organization did they lead to? What was really happening during the periods that we usually describe as the emergence of the state? The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of human history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful, hopeful possibilities, than we tend to assume. The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by c
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            ISBN 9780374157357
            Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr
            Interest Age General Audience
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            The Greeks: A Global History
             

            The Greeks: A Global History (Hardback, Main)

            By Roderick Beaton, Professor Prof

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              1 Feb 22

            The Greeks is the story of a culture that has contributed more than any other to the way we live today in the West.

            ISBN 9780571353569
            Released NZ 1 Feb 2022
            Publisher Faber and Faber
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            Gladiators: Riveting Reads for Curious Kids

            Gladiators: Riveting Reads for Curious Kids (Paperback)

            By DK

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            Read all about the bloodthirsty battles of ancient Rome! Discover the deadliest fighters of the Roman Empire in this fascinating guide to the gladiators of Rome's Colosseum. Learn about the female gladiators that battled each other for the crowd, and the weapons and armour that w...ere allowed inside the arena. The black-and-white chapter book Gladiators also reveals the everyday lives of the citizens of Rome, as well as the disciplined legionaries of the Roman army. Gladiators is part of the Mega Bites series, which uncovers the secrets of history, science, and the natural world. Investigate the most complicated thing in the universe - your Brain; then journey to the most mysterious as we dive into a Black Hole; and closer to home, marvel at the genius of the world's smartest Codebreakers! Whichever title you pick, you'll get the expert knowledge and fun facts you need on each topic, with every book packed with illustrations, fun stories, and anecdotes.
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            ISBN 9780241437544
            Released NZ 17 Nov 2020
            Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
            Interest Age 9-11 years
            Series Mega Bites
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            Christendom: The Triumph of a Religion
              

            Christendom: The Triumph of a Religion (Hardback)

            By Heather, Peter

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            • Pub Date
              26 May 22

            In the 4th century AD, a new faith exploded out of Palestine. Overwhelming the paganism of Rome, and converting the Emperor Constantine in the process, it resoundingly defeated a host of other rivals. Almost a thousand years later, all of Europe was controlled by Christian rulers..., and the religion, ingrained within culture and society, exercised a hold over its population. This was medieval Christendom: a springboard for the great eras of European colonisation and imperialism that followed. But, Peter Heather shows in this compelling new history, there was nothing inevitable about Christendom's rise and eventual dominance. In exploring how the Christian religion became such a defining feature of the European landscape, and how a small sect of isolated and intensely committed congregations was transformed into a mass movement centrally directed from Rome, Peter Heather shows how Christendom constantly battled against threats both from inside - so-called 'heresies' and other forms of belief. From the crisis that followed the collapse of the Roman empire, which left the religion teetering on the edge of extinction, to the astonishing revolution of the eleventh century onwards in which, using techniques borrowed from Roman law allied with spectacular legal forgery, the Papacy emerged as the head of a vast international corporation, Heather traces Christendom's chameleon-like capacity for self-reinvention. Christendom's achievement was not, or not only, to define official Christianity, but - from its scholars and its lawyers, to its provincial officials and missionaries in far-flung corners of the continent - to transform it into an institution that wielded effective religious authority across virtually the disparate peoples of medieval Europe. This is its extraordinary story.
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            ISBN 9780241215913
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation

            Women's Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 4th edition)

            By Fant, Maureen B.; Lefkowitz, Mary R.

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            This definitive source book on ancient women covers every aspect of women's lives in antiquity, including love, relationships, employment, prostitution, medicine and religion.

            ISBN 9781472578471
            Released NZ 22 Jun 2016
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Ancient Rome: Infographics

            Ancient Rome: Infographics (Hardback)

            By Guillerat, Nicolas; Scheid, John; Molocco, Milan; Foreword by Matyszak, Philip

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            A revealing history of ancient Rome, told through visually stunning, state-of-the-art infographics.

            ISBN 9780500252628
            Released NZ 30 Nov 2021
            Publisher Thames and Hudson (Australia)
            Interest Age General Audience
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            Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World
             

            Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs: 100 Discoveries That Changed the World (Hardback)

            Foreword by Preston, Douglas; Edited by Williams, Ann R.

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            The story of human civilization, as told through 100 key discoveries spanning six continents, including firsthand reports from explorers, scientists, and antiquarians --

            ISBN 9781426221989
            Publisher National Geographic Books
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