Qohelet’s Ossuary

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A place for history. Book List:

I. Prehistory, Neolithic and Eneolithic (Very Old BC – 3000 BC)

The Horse, The Wheel, and Language – David W. Anthony
India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma
Archaeology of the Dreamtime – Josephine Flood
The Origins of War: Violence in Prehistory – Jean Guilane
Women’s Work: The First 20,000 – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times – Elizabeth Weyland Barber

II. Early Bronze Age through Mid-Bronze Age (3300 BC – 1600 BC)

Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization – Paul Kriwaczek
Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization  – Leo A. Oppenheim
Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia – Karen Rhea Nemet-Nejat
A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 BC – Marc Van de Mieroop

Egypt (Predynastic/Old Kingdom/Middle Kingdom)
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt – Toby Wilkinson
Gods and Men in Egypt: 3000 BCE to 395 CE – Françoise Dunand
Daily Life in Ancient Egypt – Kasia Szpakowska

South Asia and Indus Valley Civilization (Harappan)
A Peaceful Realm : The Rise And Fall of the Indus Civilization – Jane McIntosh

The Archaeology of China: From the Late Paleolithic to the Early Bronze Age – Li Liu, Xingcan Chen
Defining Chu: Image And Reality in Ancient China – Constance A. Cook, John S. Major
Early China: A Social and Cultural History – Li Feng
China in the Early Bronze Age – Robert L. Thorp

Americas (Maya/North Chico)
Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization – Arthur Demarest
The Maya – Michael D. Coe

Europe (Celts/Minoa)
Stonehenge – A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument – Mike Parker Pearson
The Celts – Nora Chadwick

IV. Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (1600 BC – 700 BC)

Egypt (New Kingdom/Late Period)
The Twilight of Ancient Egypt: First Millennium B.C.E – Karol Mysliwiec

Mycenaean Greece and Troy
Trojans and their Neighbors – Trevor Bryce
Greece in the Bronze Age – Emily Townsend Vermeule

The Kingdom of the Hittites – Trevor Bryce
The Hittites and Their World – Billie Jean Collins
Hittite Myths – Harry A. Hoffner

Assyria and Babylon
The Interpretation of Dreams in the Ancient Near East – Leo A. Oppenheim
King Hammurabi of Babylon: A Biography – Marc Van De Meroop

Bronze Age Collapse/Sea Peoples
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed – Eric Cline

Ancient Israel
Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple – Hershel Shanks
The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts – Israel Finkelstein

China (Zhou Dynasty)
(actually having a really hard time finding good sources. check back later)

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs –  Michael D. Coe

currently seeking: good sources on China during this period (roughly Zhou dynasty)

V. Classical Antiquity & The Axial Age (700 BC – 500 AD)

Etruscan Life and Afterlife – Larissa Bonfante
Etruscan Myths – Larissa Bonfante
Etruscan Places: Travels through Forgotten Italy – D. H. Lawrence
The Religion of the Etruscans – Nancy Thomson de Grummond, Erika Simon

A History of the Greek City States, 700-338 B.C. – Raphael Sealey
Spartan Reflections – Paul Cartledge
Economic and Social History of Ancient Greece – M. M. Austin
The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization – Victor Davis Hanson
Alexander the Great – Paul Cartledge
Alexander the Great in His World – Carol G. Thomas
Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity – Sarah Pomeroy
Thundering Zeus: The Making of Hellenistic Bactria – Frank L. Holt
Greek Buddha: Pyrrho’s Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia – Christopher I. Beckwith

Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE – Matt Waters
A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind – Michael Axworthy

The Roman Revolution – Ronald Syme
SPQR – Mary Beard
Caesar: Life of a Colossus – Adrian Goldsworthy
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town – Mary Beard
Ancient Rome: From the Early Republic to the Assassination of Julius Caesar – Lynda Garland, Matthew Dillon
A History of the Later Roman Empire: 284-641 – Stephen Mitchell
Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church – Susanna Elm

Rome 2: Collapse of the Roman Empire
The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians – Peter Heather
How Rome Fell: Collapse of a Superpower – Adrian Goldsworthy
Empire and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe – Peter Heather

Hellenistic Egypt: Monarchy, Society, Economy, Culture – Jean Bingen
Gymnastics of the Mind: Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt – Rafaella Cribiore

The Phoenicians and the West – Maria Eugenia Aubet
Carthage – Serge Lancel
Carthage Must Be Destroyed – Richard Miles

The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han – Mark Edward Lewis
Through the Jade Gate: China to Rome – Mark E. Hill

India (Maurya)
Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas – Romila Thapar

Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850 – Karl F. Friday

Woodlands Culture (Hopewell Tradition)
Gathering Hopewell: Society, Ritual and Ritual Interaction – Christopher Carr

Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization – Arthur Demerast
A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya – David Friedel, Linda Schele
Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman’s Path – David Friedel, Linda Schele
The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya – Stephen Houston, David Stuart, Karl Taube
Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens – Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube

The Cloud People: Divergent Evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec Civilizations – Kent Flannery, Joyce Marcus

currently seeking: early Buddhism, South Asia in general, Aksum, Nok Culture 

VI. Post-Classical (Early Middle Ages, 500 AD – 1000 AD)

China’s Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty – Mark Edward Lewis

Gupta Empire

Sasanian Empire

Western Europe

VII. Poster-Classical (High Middle Ages, 1000 AD – 1300 AD)

VIII. Postest-Classical (Late Middle Ages, 1300 AD – 1492 AD)

IX. 15th Century

X. 16th Century

XI. 17th Century

XII. 18th Century

XIII. 19th Century

XIV. 20th Century

XV. Special Topics

Statecraft and Politics
Coercion, Capital, and European States, 990-1992 – Charles Tilly
States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control – Jeffrey Herbst
Blood and Debt: War and the Nation-State in Latin America – Miguel Angel Centeno

Economic History

Art History
The Story of Art – E. H. Gombrich
History of Art – H.W. Janson
Ars Sacra: Christian Art and Architecture from the Early Beginnings to the Present Day – Rolf Toman

Historical Linguistics
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language – John McWhorter

XVI. Religion

Partings: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two – Many Authors
Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism – Hershel Shanks


The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century – Geoffrey Samuel (h/t Jayarava on twitter.)
The Buddha and the Sahibs – Charles Allen (h/t Jayarava)
A People’s History of India 3A: The Age of Iron and the Religious Revolution, C. 700 – C. 350 BC – Krishna Mohan Shrimali (h/t Jayarava)



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