The Story of Garum

Sally Grainger. The Story of Garum: Fermented Fish Sauce and Salted Fish in the Ancient World. Routledge: London, 2021. 9781138284074; 9781315269825. Reviewed by Christopher Stedman Parmenter, University of Pennsylvania, csparment@gmail.com. Commodities bring the world together.1 This is the principle that undergirds commodity biography, the transnational study of how the production, transport, and consumption of material…More

Women and War in Roman Epic

Elina Pyy, Women and War in Roman Epic, The Language of Classical Literature 33 (Leiden: Brill, 2020). 9789004434905. Reviewed by Andrew McClellan, San Diego State University, amcclellan@sdsu.edu. It’s refreshing to see more and more scholars tackle big issues systematically across a range of authors/texts, as Pyy does here in her excellent Women and War in…More

Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity

Thomas E. Hunt, Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity (Leiden: Brill, 2020). 9789004417465. Reviewed by Sarah Teets, University of Virginia, sct4ze@virginia.edu Thomas Hunt’s Jerome of Stridon and the Ethics of Literary Production in Late Antiquity explores the relationship of the literary practices of reading and writing to the material…More

Irrigation in Roman Western Europe

Anna Willi, Irrigation in Roman Western Europe, Deutsche Wasserhistorische Gesellschaft 17. Clausthal-Zellerfeld: Schriften der Deutschen Wasserhistorischen Gesellschaft, 2021. 9783869487533. Reviewed by Daniel Plekhov, Brown University, daniel_plekhov@brown.edu Willi’s Irrigation in Roman Western Europe is a comprehensive study of the archaeological, textual, and epigraphic evidence for irrigation within Western Europe during periods of Roman rule. As an…More

Luwian Hieroglyphic Texts in Late Bronze Age Scribal Tradition

Fred C. Woudhuizen, Luwian Hieroglyphic Texts in Late Bronze Age Scribal Tradition, (Wiesbaden: Harrowitz Verlag, 2021). 9783447115315. Reviewed by Josh Cannon, University of Pittsburgh, jwc70@pitt.edu This volume is unique and of great value in that it presents the full known corpus of Late Bronze Age (LBA) hieroglyphic Luwian texts (minus those texts that contain less…More

Dynastic Deeds

Alessandro Poggio, Dynastic Deeds: Hunt Scenes in the Funerary Imagery of the Achaemenid Eastern Mediterranean, (Oxford: BAR Publishing, 2020). 9781407356389; 9781407354668. Reviewed by Stephanie Kimmey, Colorado College, skimmey@coloradocollege.edu Poggio’s book fits in its art historical context by exploring dynastic funerary monuments, while also using a wider range of supporting evidence, such as iconography of other…More

Other Natures: Environmental Encounters with Ancient Greek Ethnography

Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Other Natures: Environmental Encounters with Ancient Greek Ethnography (Oakland: University of California Press, 2020). 9780520343481. Reviewed by Emily S. Wilson, Colorado State University, wilsones@colostate.edu. A video from the exhibit “Restoring Earth” at the Field Museum in Chicago asks, “What can the past teach us about living with nature?” (170). Quite a bit, it…More

Figurines in Hellenistic Babylonia: Miniaturization and Cultural Hybridity

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper, Figurines in Hellenistic Babylonia: Miniaturization and Cultural Hybridity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). 9781108769020. Reviewed by Leticia R. Rodriguez, Florida State University, lrrodriguez@fsu.edu. Intimacy, interaction and play, and social norms as activated and understood through the miniature are but some of the themes that Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper rigorously and playfully explores in…More

The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B: Interpretation and Scribal Practice

Anna Judson, The Undeciphered Signs of Linear B: Interpretation and Scribal Practice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). 9781108494724. Reviewed by Theodore Nash, University of Michigan, theonash@umich.edu. This review has been reverted to its unedited version per the request of the reviewer (1/4/2022) In the story best known, Linear B was deciphered by Michael Ventris in…More