An excerpt from The Gardens of Corfu, by Rachel Weaving, with photos by Marianne Majerus

Corfu Gardens: Ancient Myth and Modern Magic Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu exerts a powerful magic. For those who seek them out, its natural landscapes and private gardens evoke a sense of wonder: expansive and intimate, restorative and energising, they offer joy and solace in a stressful world. It was in pre-Classical times that … Read moreAn excerpt from The Gardens of Corfu, by Rachel Weaving, with photos by Marianne Majerus

An excerpt from Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho, by John Dillery

An Opportunity: Hellenization and World History

Something obviously very big happened in the history of the world in the Hellenistic period. Greek, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian cultures, each constituting massive contributions to the achievement of organized human life on our planet, were brought into intimate interplay that, while by no means unprecedented, had not occurred on a similar scale before. Greek culture, the one I know best and with which I am principally concerned, went from being the possession of a relatively small number of people clustered around the shores of the Eastern and Central Mediterranean to a tool of communication and social construction in the hands of many, many more people and in many other places, some quite far from the central Greek homelands.

Read moreAn excerpt from Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho, by John Dillery

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This week’s focus: Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho by John Dillery

This week we focus on John Dillery’s shortlisted book, Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho. Here are some of the questions the author seeks to answer: ‘How did the non-Greek members of the ancient civilizations of the Near East and Egypt view the expulsion of the Persians and the conquest of their lands by the … Read moreThis week’s focus: Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho by John Dillery