Etruscan Orientalization

Jessica Nowlin, Etruscan Orientalization (Leiden: Brill, 2021). 9789004473256. Reviewed by Marilyn Evans, Kalamazoo College, Marilyn.Evans@kzoo.edu This book offers a timely and in-depth examination of the terms “orientalizing” and “orientalization” in Etruscan scholarship. The text is, primarily, a critical historiography. It surveys the use of both terms from the 18th–21st centuries, contextualizing major shifts in their…More

The House of Serenos, Part I: The Pottery

Clementina Caputo, Amheida V, The House of Serenos, Part I: The Pottery (New York: New York University Press, 2020). 9781479804658. Reviewed by Karl Racine, Trent University, karlracine@trentu.ca The Dakhleh Oasis Project (DOP) is a conglomerate of various archaeological projects, with scientists aiming to research the ancient landscape near the Dakhla oasis in Egypt. The subject…More

Gaming Greekness: Cultural Agonism among Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire

Allan T. Georgia, Gaming Greekness: Cultural Agonism among Christians and Jews in the Roman Empire (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2020). 9781463241230. Reviewed by Elizabeth R. Davis, Brown University, elizabeth_r_davis@brown.edu The fraught interactions between pagans, Christians, and Jews throughout the centuries of the Roman Empire have long been a rich field of scholarly inquiry. Georgia’s monograph is…More

Milesian Islands: The Fortified Installations in the Insular Environment of Miletus in the Aegean in Context

Konstantinos Sarantidis. Milesian Islands: The Fortified Installations in the Insular Environment of Miletus in the Aegean in Context. Thiasos Monographie 15 (Rome: Edizioni Quasar, 2020). 9788854910737; 9788854910652. Reviewed by Christina DiFabio, Koç University, cdifabio@umich.edu. Given modern national borders, regional studies in Mediterranean archaeology can often be defined within one modern country, even if a sphere…More

Monsters in Greek Literature

Fiona Mitchell, Monsters in Greek Literature: Aberrant Bodies in Ancient Greek Cosmogony, Ethnography, and Biology (New York: Routledge, 2021). 9780367556464 Reviewed by Grace Zanotti, Milken Community School, gracemzanotti@gmail.com In the introduction to Monsters in Greek Literature: Aberrant Bodies in Ancient Greek Cosmogony, Ethnography, and Biology, Fiona Mitchell sets out her purpose clearly: she will examine…More

Exploring the Mid-Republican Origins of Roman Military Administration: With Stylus and Spear

Elizabeth H. Pearson, Exploring the Mid-Republican Origins of Roman Military Administration: With Stylus and Spear (London and New York: Routledge, 2021). 9780367820732. Reviewed by Dominic Machado, College of the Holy Cross, dmachado@holycross.edu How was Rome able to conquer the majority of the Mediterranean basin in a little over a century? Beginning with Polybius, countless observers…More

Roman Masculinity and Politics from Republic to Empire

Charles Goldberg, Roman Masculinity and Politics from Republic to Empire (London and New York: Routledge, 2021). 0367480468, 9780367480462. Reviewed by Ashley L. Bacchi, Starr King School for the Ministry, ashleylb@sksm.edu. The Roman Empire has, unfortunately, been co-opted in the imagination of white supremacists as a paradigm for white cisgender-heterosexual-male strength, a strength they imagine as…More

Julian and Christianity: Revisiting the Constantinian Revolution

David Neal Greenwood, Julian and Christianity: Revisiting the Constantinian Revolution (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021). 9781501755484. Reviewed by Jeremy J. Swist, Brandeis University, jeremswist@brandeis.edu. The emperor Julian, dubbed “the Apostate” by his detractors for rejecting the faith of his upbringing and attempting to stop the spread of the Christian “pandemic” accelerated by his uncle Constantine…More

Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook

Liv Albert, Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook (New York: Adams Media, 2021). 9781474461610; 9781507215494. Reviewed by Debby Sneed, California State University, Long Beach, debby.sneed@csulb.edu. I have anticipated Liv Albert’s handbook on Greek mythology since I became aware of her successful podcast, “Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!”. The podcast format encourages storytelling rather…More

The Stoic Theory of Beauty

Aistė Čelkytė, The Stoic Theory of Beauty (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020). 9781474461610; 9781474461634. Reviewed by Michael McOsker, Institut für Altertumskunde, Universität zu Köln, mmcosker@umich.edu. What is good about peacock tail feathers? And what do they have in common with the sage, who is the only truly beautiful person? This book by Aistė Čelkytė, a…More