Visit the monumental 12th century Angkor Thom temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Peter Brown takes on the end of the Western Roman Empire through the lens of wealth and religion, shining a brilliant light on the transition from Antiquity to the beginning of the Middle Ages. He writes extremely well for non-specialists, but with authority, and as he has elsewhere, makes a strong case that the Dark […]
The Odyssey by Homer My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s Homer! The epic is foundational for Western Civilization as a good read in any case. I’m no expert on translations, but I found the Lombardo version colorful and readable. View all my reviews
The Iliad by Homer My rating: 5 of 5 stars An eminently readable translation brings the appalling gore, risible gods, tragic heroes and wondrous poetry to life. A great way to reacquaint, or acquaint, yourself with one of the world’s great works of literature. My reading partners via readingodyssey.org help a lot too. View all […]
Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History by Robert Hughes My rating: 3 of 5 stars If you’re interested in the history of Rome, with a bias toward the artistic history, this book is entertaining and engaging, even if poorly edited. There are numerous instances of redundancy and inaccuracy. As you get into the modern […]