Archaeology in the Smallest Realm: Micro Analyses and Methods for the Reconstruction of Early Societies on Cyprus

Marialucia Amadio, ed., Archaeology in the Smallest Realm: Micro Analyses and Methods for the Reconstruction of Early Societies on Cyprus (Rome: Artemide Edizioni, 2021). 9788875753795. Reviewed by Christine L. Johnston, Western Washington University, Christine.johnston@wwu.edu. This slim volume (166 pp.) presents ten studies of archaeological microanalysis, focusing in particular on the enhanced benefits of integrating macro-…More

Acta Martyrum Scillitanorum: A Literary Commentary

Vincent Hunink, Acta Martyrum Scillitanorum: A Literary Commentary. Giornale Italiano di Filologia Bibliotheca 24 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021). 9782503590950. Reviewed by Jared Secord, University of Calgary, jaredjohn.secord@ucalgary.ca The Acts of the Scilitan Martyrs (henceforth ASM) has traditionally been regarded as one of the earliest works of Christian Latin literature. It narrates the encounter between a group…More

Freewomen, Patriarchal Authority, and the Accusation of Prostitution

Stephanie Lynn Budin, Freewomen, Patriarchal Authority, and the Accusation of Prostitution (London: Routledge, 2021). 9780367198299. Reviewed by Mali Skotheim, Ashoka University, mali.skotheim@ashoka.edu.in Stephanie Lynn Budin’s Freewomen, Patriarchal Authority, and the Accusation of Prostitution, published in the Routledge series Interdisciplinary Research in Gender, is a comparative study of women who have been called prostitutes in ancient…More

Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Greek Literature

George Alexander Gazis and Anthony Hooper, eds., Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Greek Literature (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2021). 9781789621495. Reviewed by Amy K. Vandervelde, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, amykv2@illinois.edu In their edited volume, Gazis and Hooper bring together a variety of scholars from across disciplines to examine questions pertaining to death…More

Uncovering Jewish Creativity in Book III of the Sibylline Oracles: Gender, Intertextuality, and Politics

Ashley L. Bacchi, Uncovering Jewish Creativity in Book III of the Sibylline Oracles: Gender, Intertextuality, and Politics (Leiden: Brill, 2020). 9789004424340. Reviewed by Gillian Glass, University of British Columbia, rgglass@student.ubc.ca In Uncovering Jewish Creativity, Bacchi articulates the significance of Jewish literature for the field of Hellenistic literature generally, in addition to contributing to the ever-growing…More

London’s Roman Tools: Craft, Agriculture and Experience in an Ancient City

Owen Humphreys, London’s Roman Tools: Craft, Agriculture and Experience in an Ancient City, Archaeology of Roman Britain 3 (Oxford: BAR Publishing, 2021). 9781407357386. Reviewed by Tim Penn, University of Oxford, timothy.penn@classics.ox.ac.uk Humphreys’ book is dedicated to “Sarah, and everyone else who won’t read it but might look at the pictures.” But anyone who just looks…More

Deserted Villages: Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean

Rebecca M. Seifried and Deborah E. Brown Stewart, eds., Deserted Villages: Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean (Grand Forks: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2021). 9781736498613. Reviewed by Eric W. Driscoll, Harvard University, edriscoll@fas.harvard.edu. When modern archaeological survey began in the 1950s with Robert Adams’ fieldwork east of Baghdad, and later in…More

Choreonarratives: Dancing Stories in Greek and Roman Antiquity and Beyond

Laura Gianvittorio-Ungar and Karin Schlapbach, eds., Choreonarratives: Dancing Stories in Greek and Roman Antiquity and Beyond (Leiden: Brill, 2021). 9789004462472; 9789004462632. Reviewed by Amanda Kubic, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, akubic@umich.edu. Choreonarratives: Dancing Stories in Greek and Roman Antiquity and Beyond is an ambitious collection of essays with a clear goal: to reconsider ancient dance…More

Chiusi Villanoviana

Maria Chiara Bettini, Chiusi Villanoviana, Monumenti Etruschi 14 (Rome: Giorgio Bretschneider, 2021). 9788876893285. Reviewed by Jacopo Tabolli, University for Foreigners of Siena (UNISTRASI), jacopo.tabolli@unistrasi.it. Almost one hundred years after Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli’s Clusium, which appeared within the series Monumenti Antichi dei Lincei in 1925, Chiusi Villanoviana [Villanovan Chiusi] by Maria Chiara Bettini represents a seminal…More

Der Artemis-Hymnos des Kallimachos

Zsolt Adorjáni, Der Artemis-Hymnos des Kallimachos. Einleitung, Text, Übersetzung und Kommentar. Texte und Kommentare, Band 66 (Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter, 2021). 9783110698428. Reviewed by Gary P. Vos, University of Edinburgh, gvos@ed.ac.uk The last decade has been good to Callimacheans: Annette Harder published her magnum opus, a full-scale edition and commentary on Callimachus’s Aetia,[1] while…More