Ancient Lives

Ancient Lives

The Ancient Lives series unfolds the stories of thinkers, writers, kings, queens, conquerors, and politicians from all parts of the ancient world. Readers will come to know these figures in fully human dimensions, complete with foibles and flaws, and will see that the issues they faced—political conflicts, constraints based in gender or race, tensions between the private and public self—have changed very little over the course of millennia.

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Ep. 98 – Ancient Lives with James Romm

January 13, 2023

In this episode of the Yale University Press podcast, we talk with author James Romm about Demetrius: Sacker of Cities. At the end of the episode, we discuss the larger… READ MORE

The First Tycoon

November 21, 2022

“The marble busts that now appear stark, blank stones were once painted in vivid colors that made them seem fully human. The Ancient Lives series is founded on the conviction that what… READ MORE

ancient coins depicting Demetrius

Demetrius, The First Celebrity Politician

November 17, 2022

“We are very excited to add Ancient Lives to Yale’s successful series of interpretive biographies as a fresh way of telling history. Imagining ancient lives is a way to recapture not only the… READ MORE