This book took a while to read, completely worth the time.
Starts with the war in the year 70, leading up to Titus and the legion burning down the Temple. Part two covers the Mediterranean region under Roman rule, and the Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Egypt, and other localities. What were communities like, who was head of household, how did they worship, lots of interesting details. … More Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman
If the gods are both Greek & Roman, then their separate halves have to stay separate or they get confused. OK. I like the ‘Greco-Roman gods are cos-playing’ explanation better, but this makes for a better plot. We follow Percy, Leo, and Annabeth as they work their way through various trials, monsters, and tricky clues. … More The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
Do questions make a good review? Why is making cloth women’s work? When did it become men’s work? How closely does the modern suit-and-shirt resemble the earliest form of clothing? What about other cultural forms of clothing? Why shouldn’t hunting be women’s work, since some women hunted? When is farming women’s work, and when is … More Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
Egyptian Mummy teams up with Roman Vampire to fight crime. In modern-day Miami. Pardon me while I croggle. OK, I’m back! Nonspoilery tidbits: The worldbuilding in this book is wonderful, a rare treat from a debut novel. Kudos. There’s a good starting scene where Alex (Alejandro) doesn’t tell his back-up that he isn’t afraid of … More Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
“I can steal anything!” – and then brag about it, get sent to prison, and get co-opted to steal the mystical Gift of Hamiathes, which makes the bearer True King/Queen of Eddis. Snark! Dangerous rivers! Treachery! Gods! So much fun. I don’t know how Turner managed to make the subsequent books EVEN BETTER. The Thief … More The Queen’s Thief series
Did someone say summer is the time for light and fluffy reads? Not the time for the serious books you didn’t have time for in the winter? How odd. I hope it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. The Menorah by Steven Fine 5 of 5 stars A close look at the triumphal Arch of Titus in … More Summer History Reads