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Bradt Guide North Africa

Bradt Guide North Africa

by Ethel Davis

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

This practical, informative guide brings to life the ancient Roman heritage of modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. (NAF68, $25.99)

A Traveller's History of North Africa

A Traveller's History of North Africa

by Barnaby Rogerson

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 408 PAGES

Wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed, this brief history marches confidently through the centuries, covering key events and personalities in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to 1999. (NAF01, $15.95)

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome

Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome

by Christopher Scarre

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

A vivid overview of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and its expansion throughout North Africa and the Mediterranean, illustrated with ingenious color maps on many topics (political borders, trade, defense, religion) and 80 color photographs. (ITL29, $18.00)

Southern Frontiers, A Journey Across the Roman Empire

Southern Frontiers, A Journey Across the Roman Empire

by Don McCullin

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 272 PAGES

Roman sites, both world famous and obscure, from Syria and Lebanon across North Africa to Morocco, Algeria and Libya are presented in gorgeous black-and-white splendor in this collection of oversized photographs by the celebrated Don McCullin. Historian Barnaby Rogerson supplies the accompanying text. (MED172, $69.95)

 
Africa North and West Map

Africa North and West Map


by Michelin

  • 2011
  • MAP

A fine regional map covering Senegal, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania and their neighbors as well as all the Mediterranean-bordering countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya) at a scale of 1:4,000,000. (AFR34, $12.95)

Empires in World History, Power and the Politics of Difference

Empires in World History, Power and the Politics of Difference


by Jane Burbank | Frederick Cooper

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Beginning with ancient Rome and China and continuing across Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa, Burbank and Cooper examine the rise and fall of diverse empires. (WAR150, $25.95)

Islam, A Short History

Islam, A Short History


by Karen Armstrong

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES

Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam, from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges. The best short introduction to the subject. (ISL15, $15.95)

Islam, The Straight Path

Islam, The Straight Path


by John L. Esposito

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A well-written survey of the faith, practice and beliefs of Islam. Its balanced tone and content are intended for an undergraduate audience, yet it also functions as an excellent overview for the general reader. (MDE22, $57.95)

North Africa, A History from Antiquity to the Present

North Africa, A History from Antiquity to the Present


by Phillip C. Naylor

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A detailed, scholarly history of Northern Africa and its role as a crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, from the Paleolithic period and early Egyptian cultures through the rise of Islam and the growth of the Ottoman Empire to modern postcolonial history. (NAF67, $30.00)

Rome in Africa

Rome in Africa


by Susan Raven

  • HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 254 PAGES

Long the standard history of Roman influence in Northern Africa, this book is scholarly and comprehensive. It is a wonderfully written, illustrated introduction to the geographic setting, the rise of Carthage, historical personalities, individual trading centers and archaeological sites. (NAF04, $53.95)

The Ancient Mediterranean

The Ancient Mediterranean


by Michael Grant

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Grant, a well-known classical scholar, provides this comprehensive history of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, including Egypt, Israel, Crete, Greece, the Roman states and many others. A very well-researched account of Western history's roots. (MED10, $20.00)

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade

The Greeks Overseas, The Early Colonies and Trade


by John Boardman

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An authoritative, illustrated survey of Greek civilization throughout the Mediterranean, revised and updated for this fourth edition. (GRE150, $25.95)

The North African Stones Speak

The North African Stones Speak


by Paul Lachlan MacKendrick

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 246 PAGES

MacKendrick's lively history explores the life and culture of the North African provinces of Rome as revealed by its archaeology. With 60 pages on settlements and cities in ancient Cyrenaica and Tripolitania, including site plans and black-and-white photographs of Shahat, Apollonia, Leptis Magna and Fezzan. (NAF51, $55.00)

Tunisian Mosaics, Treasures from Roman Africa

Tunisian Mosaics, Treasures from Roman Africa


by Aicha Ben Abed Ben Khader

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 140 PAGES

Accompanied by 134 glorious color illustrations, this book includes a history of Roman Africa and the rise of Mediterranean mosaics, an overview of mosaic sites and museums and a chapter on preservation methods. (TUN27, $29.95)

A Cure for Serpents

A Cure for Serpents


by Alberto di Pirajno

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The Duke of Pirajno, who served as Italian ambassador in North Africa in the 1920s and 1930s, writes with candor and grace about everyday life and culture in the region, including the chieftains and courtesans, Berber princes and Tuareg entertainers. (NAF49, $33.95)

Augustine of Hippo, A Biography


by Peter Robert Lamont Brown

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER

As an account of St. Augustine's life this biography is second only to The Confessions. Brown's impressive research and readable style combine in a fascinating portrait of the 4th century bishop. (ITL799, $31.95)

Empress Zenobia, Palmyra's Rebel Queen

Empress Zenobia, Palmyra's Rebel Queen


by Pat Southern

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES

The subject of fantasy and fiction, Pat Southern's lively portrait of Empress Zenobia, the celebrated 3rd-century Queen of Palmyra (present-day Syria) hews carefully to what is known of her life and times. (SYR19, $39.95)

Hannibal


by Serge Lancel

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A biography of Hannibal by the well-regarded French historian Serge Lancel. (TUN06, $48.95)

Pagan Holiday, On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists

Pagan Holiday, On the Trail of Ancient Roman Tourists


by Tony Perrottet

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Our modern travelers, Tony nad his pregnant wife, armed with a backpack, sense of humor, guide to Greece (written for the Romans by Pausanias in the 2nd century), and an ancient Roman map transcribed onto a 20-foot-roll. Perrottet's travelogue mixes up his modern adventures with ancient accounts and history. (MED72, $16.00)

Leo Africanus

Leo Africanus


by Amin Maalouf

  • LITERATURE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 360 PAGES

A fictional memoir of the first 40 years in the life of Leo Africanus, a Muslim whose travels led him throughout the Mediterranean and North Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries. (MED55, $16.95)

Pirates of the Levant

Pirates of the Levant


by Arturo Perez-Reverte

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

In the sixth installment of Perez-Reverte's swashbuckling series, Captain Alatriste and his protege Inigo set sail for the most remote and wretched outposts of the Empire: Morocco, Algeria and Malta -- a dramatic voyage that leads to a bloody battle on the high seas. (SPN450, $16.00)

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