New to the Library for History, Classics & Archaeology

Thanks to recommendations from members of staff and requests via RAB from students the Library is continually adding new books to its collections both online and in print. Here are just a small number of the books that have been added to the Library’s collections in April 2016 for the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and these demonstrate the wide range of subjects being taught, studied and researched within School.

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Corrupting luxury in ancient Greek literature by Robert J. Gorman and Vanessa B. Gorman (shelfmark: PA3009 Gor.)

A medieval book of beasts: the second-family bestiary. Commentary, art, text and translation by Willene B. Clark (shelfmark: Folio PA8275.B4 Cla.)


“The bestiary – a book of animals, both real and mythical – is one of the most interesting and appealing medieval artefacts. The “Second-family” bestiary is the most important and frequently produced version…This study addresses the work’s purpose and audience, challenging previous assumptions with direct evidence in the manuscripts themselves”

The spoils of freedom: psychoanalysis and feminism after the fall of socialism by Renata Salecl (e-book).

Der Klagefrauensarkophag aus Sidon by Robert Fleischer and Wolf Schiele (shelfmark: Folio NB1810 Fle.)

Lucretius and modernity: Epicurean encounters across time and disciplines edited by Jacques Lezra and Liza Blake (shelfmark: PA6484 Luc.)

Plantation and civility in the North Atlantic world: the case of the northern Hebrides, 1570-1639 by Aonghas MacCoinnich (shelfmark: HD1471.G72 Macc.)

A military history of late Rome 284 to 361 by Ilkka Syvänne (shelfmark: DG312 Syv.)


“This ambitious series gives the reader a comprehensive narrative of late Roman military history from 284-641…Volume I covers the period 284-361, starting with recovery from the ‘third-century crisis’ and the formation of the Tetrarchy. Constantine’s civil wars and stabilization are also major themes, with the pattern repeated under his sons. Constantius II’s wars against the usurper Magnentius, the Danubian tribes and the Sassanid Persians illustrate the serious combination of internal and external threats the Empire faced at this time.”

The Age of Agade: Inventing empire in ancient Mesopotamia by Benjamin R. Foster (shelfmark: DS72.3 Fos.)

Boswell’s Enlightenment by Robert Zaretsky (e-book).

American reckoning: the Vietnam War and our national identity by Christian G. Appy (shelfmark: DS558 App.)

The monkey and the inkpot: natural history and its transformations in early modern China by Carla Suzan Nappi (shelfmark: QH21.C6 Nap. Also available as e-book).

The space that remains: reading Latin poetry in late antiquity by Aaron Pelttari (shelfmark: PA6051 Pel. Also available as e-book).

Reading between the lines: the Neolithic cursus monuments of Scotland by Kenneth Brophy (shelfmark: GN776.22.G7 Bro. Also available as e-book).


“…the first systematic analysis of Scotland’s cursus monuments and is written by one of the foremost scholars of the Neolithic in Scotland. Drawing on fifteen years of experience of cropmark interpretation, as well as his involvement in several excavations of cursus monuments and contemporary sites, Kenneth Brophy uncovers some of the secrets of the Neolithic landscape.

The economic transformation of China by Dwight H. Perkins (shelfmark: HC427.9 Per. Also available as e-book).

Early fiction in England: from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer by Laura Ashe (shelfmark: PR251 Ear.)

The gods, the state, and the individual: reflections on civic religion in Rome by John Scheid ; translated and with a foreword by Clifford Ando (shelfmark:  BL805 Sch. Also available as e-book).

From Agent to Spectator: Witnessing the Aftermath in Ancient Greek Epic and Tragedy by Emily Allen-Hornblower (e-book).

You can find all of these books and the many more that are available for supporting teaching, learning and research in History, Classics & Archaeology via DiscoverEd. E-books are only available to current students and staff at the University of Edinburgh.

You may find some of the print books listed above in the New Books display on the 1st floor of the Main Library, where a selection of new books from all subjects across the University are held. Books on these display shelves can be borrowed as normal.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics & Archaeology