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Museum Bookshop List of Titles by Subject

The following list highlights select titles in the Museum Bookshop, which stocks over 4,000 titles on a variety of subjects. The Museum Bookshop is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm, offering a unique selection of books, jewelry, statuary, cards, world music, DVDs, and other gift items. Contact the Bookshop at 404-727-0509 or by email at, or print out an order form.

The Classic World

Reading Level: Adult, Ages 10 and up, Ages 5-9

Recommended Titles for Adults

Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Rome Tony Allan (Getty: 2005)
Allan's guide to ancient Rome for general readers uses images and text to introduce art and architecture, the engineering innovations of systems of roads and aqueducts, the myths, and the emperors and their legions. $19.95 softcover. Also available: Life, Myth, and Art in Ancient Greece by Emma J. Stafford.

Pompeii: Monuments Past and Present A. De Franciscis & I. Braganti (Vision: 1995)
Large-format overlays allow readers to view architectural reconstructions of ancient Pompeii in its original glory with color photos of current archaeological landscapes. $24.95 spiralbound hardback.

The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' "Antigone" Seamus Heaney (FSG: 2004)
Sophocles' Antigone, first staged in the fifth century BC, stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. This new translation by Noble laureate Seamus Heaney exposes darkness and humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece. $12.00 softcover.

The Colosseum Keith Hopkins and Mary Beard (Harvard: 2005)
The history of the Roman Colosseum is chockful of romantic but erroneous myths, and a reality much stranger than legend. We learn the details of how the arena was built and at what cost; we are introduced to the emperors who sometimes fought in the gladiatorial games; and we take measure of the audience who reveled in, or opposed, those games. The authors also trace the strange afterlife of the monument as fortress, shrine of martyrs, church, and glue factory. $19.95 hardcover.

Roman Portraits Ludwig Goldscheider (Phaidon: 2004)
First published in 1940, this remarkable photographic collection of portrait sculptures conveys the realism and expressive power of Roman craft. The powerful, brooding faces in this book have a compelling and haunting quality that will appeal to all students of sculpture and of human nature. $19.95 softcover.

Songs on Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real Nigel Spivey (FSG: 2005)
Spivey's lively, dramatic, mature retelling gives the Greek myths as spellbinding stories in bold prose: of Demeter and Persephone, Jason and the Argonauts, Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and Orpheus; revealed anew as outsize tales of love and strife, of secret compacts and open rivalries, and of lust and desire. $24.00 hardcover.

The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets Michael Schmidt (Knopf: 2005)
The early and classical Greek poets continue to influence poetry in our time, as in these vivid portraits. Twenty-five chapter-length essays portray Orpheus, Homer, Linos, Arion, Amphion, Sappho, Hesiod, Hipponax (the "dirty old man of poetry"), and many others. $30.00 hardcover.


Roman Art & Architecture Mortimer Wheeler (Thames & Hudson: 1964)
In this wide-ranging analysis of Roman art, Sir Mortimer Wheeler describes the architecture and town planning, sculpture and painting, silverware, glass, pottery and other artistic achievements of the era. This text is part of the World of Art series. $16.95 softcover. Other titles in the World of Art series: Etruscan Art, Greek Sculpture, Art and Myth in Ancient Greece.

Classical Art: From Greece to Rome Mary Beard & John Henderson (Oxford: 2001)
This text begins by looking at Classical art excavated from the city of Pompeii and concludes by discussing the influential invention of the human portrait. It highlights the rediscovery of Classical art in the modern world, from the treasure hunts of Renaissance Rome to scientific retrieval in the twenty-first century. $17.95 softcover.

The History of Greek Vases John Boardman (Thames & Hudson: 2001)
Boardman sketches the stylistic history of Greek Vases, providing insight into the ancient Greeks' views on life, myth, and politics. In addition, this text explores the processes involved in making and decorating the pottery, as well as ways of identifying the different artists and discussing their influential narrative style. $45.00 hardcover.

Ancient Greece: A Concise History Peter Green (Thames & Hudson: 1973)
Green's authoritative study of Greece before the Hellenistic age is a classic, drawing the strands of historical narrative into two major themes: exploration and discovery, both in a literal and creative sense, and the Greek impulse toward creating order. $16.95 softcover.


The Search for Ancient Rome Claude Moatti (Abrams: 1993) Destroyed and rebuilt over and over again, Rome has never completely disappeared. Scholars and archaeologists, artists and popes and poets invested the city's ruins with significance. This is the story of how Rome, truly the Eternal City, has endured it all. Also available: The Search for Ancient Greece. $12.95 softcover.

Recommended Titles for Ages 10 and up

Lift the Lid On Gladiators (Running Press: 2002)
Discover the fascinating world of gladiators with this kit, which includes a realistic gladiator action figure with three sets of armor and weapons, timeline poster, 32-page fact book, map of the Roman Empire, model of the Colosseum, and an ancient Roman board game. $21.95 kit.


Ancient Rome Peter Ackroyd (DK: 2005)
This Voyages Through Time volume spans centuries of war, conquest, rulers, aqueducts, ampitheaters, spectacular temples, and the awe-inspiring Circus Maximus. $19.99 hardcover.


DIG!: Roman Bowl
This kit recreates a sense of archaeological discovery as you free the fragments of a replica Roman bowl imbedded in clay, then restore and display as a recovered artifact. $29.95 kit includes clay block, brush, excavation tool, sandpaper, educational booklet, and instructions. Other kits include Greek Vase and Roman Sundial.


Pompeii: Lost & Found Mary Pope Osborne (Knopf: 2006)
Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, recreates daily life and the dramatic destruction and rediscovery of Pompeii through the frescoes of Bonnie Christensen, in a style inspired by wall paintings of Pompeii. Visit the publisher's website to see how frescoes are created! $16.95 hardcover.


Tools of the Ancient Romans Rachel Dickinson (Nomad: 2006)
This guide to the history and science of ancient Rome explores the most powerful empire the world has known, using a mix of biographical sidebars, anecdotes, and hands-on activities to explain Roman innovations and ideas of government, science, religion, sport, and warfare. $16.95 softcover.


Rome Antics David Macaulay (Houghton Mifflin: 1997)
Macauley's illustrations take the birds-eye view of a homing pidgeon around ancient columns and baroque piazzas, over terra-cotta rooftops, beside the Arch of Constantine, to the stuccoed walls of the Palazzo Spada, along cobblestone streets and details of modern Rome. $18.00 hardbound.


We Goddesses: Athena, Aphrodite, Hera Doris Orgel (DK: 1999)
In this book of Greek Myths, Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera tell their own stories, and as the stories intertwine, create a magical time. $22.95 hardcover.


Roman Numerals I to MM Arthur Geisert (Houghton Mifflin: 1996)
Geisert's detailed etchings accompany a lesson in Roman numerals. $5.95 softcover.



Roman Myths Geraldine McCaughrean (Margaret K. McElderry: 1999)
A collection of fifteen stories from Roman Mythology brings great gods and goddesses vividly to life, as well as the lesser known gods and goddesses who controlled every aspect of Roman Life. $21.00 hardcover.


Mythology Edith Hamilton (Warner: 1999)
Hamilton, author of The Greek Way and The Roman Way, became an honorary citizen of Athens in 1957. This essential anthology retells enchanting Western myths in which the ancients encapsulated their own place in the world, with themes still spellbinding today. $7.50 paperback.


Eyewitness Books: Ancient Rome Simon James (DK: 2004)
Witness the remarkable story of Ancient Rome - from its vast empire and astounding engineering feats to the menu at a Roman dinner party and merciless gladiator fights. $15.95 hardcover.


D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths Ingri and Edgar Pauli D'Aulaire (Delacorte: 2003)
In a relaxed and humorous tone, the Caldecott-winning D'Aulaires bring to life myths that have inspired great literaure and art. This picture book introduction to mythology suits all ages who love well-told stories or imaginative illustrations. $19.95 softcover.

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Rome Mike Corbishley (Getty: 2003)
Discover how the ancient Romans lived, what they ate, how they dressed, and many other interesting facts. What did they do for work and fun? What made the Roman armies so feared and so successful as a fighting force? How and why did not only men but women too become gladiators? How did Roman victories affect peoples they conquered? $19.95 hardcover. Also available: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece.

Hands-On Ancient People Volume II: Art Activities about Minoans, Mycenaeans, Trojans, Ancient Greeks, Etruscans & Romans Yvonne Y. Merrill (Kits Publishing: 2004)
The activities are interpretations of authentic artifacts in museum or personal collections. Over 60 amazing objects have been replicated in easy-to-find materials such as paper. Easy instructions and drawings assist the user in creating quality projects and gaining knowledge about the culture from illustrated background texts.   Museum programs, libraries, classrooms and home schoolers recommend these books, tested in elementary and middle school classes. $20.00 softcover.

Fandex: Mythology: Tales and Legends of the Gods (Workman: 1998)
Bringing the world of mythology to your fingertips, this field guide is made up of die-cut cards illustrating the ancient Greek and Roman gods with imagery drawn from paintings, statuary, pottery, frescoes, and mosaics. $9.95 die-cut cards.


Learning Latin Through Mythology Jayne I. Hanlin & Beverly Lichtenstein (Cambridge: 1991)
The authors use mythology to recapture the interest and imagination of children so that they will want to know more about Latin and the classical world. Well-known myths are told in English, then in simpler Latin with guiding illustrations, followed by exercises and activities.$15.95 softcover.

Recommended Titles for Ages 5-9

There's a Monster in the Alphabet James Rumford (HMCo: 2002)
Cadmus, Phoenecian founder of Thebes, brought the alphabet to Greece. Part truth, part fancy, this different kind of alphabet book evokes the distant past, when letters were not just marks to record sounds but were pictures of eyes and hands, doors and fences, giant teeth and... monsters. $16.00 hardcover.


Art and Religion in Ancient Rome Daniel Gedacht (Rosen: 2004)
This primer on ancient Roman culture is well-illustrated with artifacts and art from Italian museums. $5.95 softcover.

Look What Came From Greece Kevin Davis (Franklin Watts: 1999)
The author loves to travel and write about interesting places. In this book he discusses various aspects of modern culture which originated in Greece, from education and architecture to food and medicine. $6.95 softcover.


Curious Kids Guides: Ancient Rome Fiona Macdonald (Kingfisher: 1997)
A fun and accessible resource answering a variety of questions about the Roman Empire, such as: Did all the Romans live in Rome? Why did Roman women look pale? Where was the world's first shopping mall? Did the Romans eat pizza? $6.95 hardcover. Also available: Curious Kids Guides: Ancient Greece.

What's the Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure Julie Ellis (Charlesbridge: 2004)
Young Pythagoras can't seem to stay out of trouble. Every time he tries to help, people get angry. What's a curious kid to do? On a trip to Egypt, Pythagoras' curiosity helps him discover the secret of the right triangle. A clever introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem. $6.95 softcover.

The World of Ancient Greece: Religion & The Gods Robert Hull (Franklin Watts: 1999)
This book is filled with photographs of ancient Greek art with explanations of the scenes depicted.   The text and artifacts describe everyday life of the ancient Greeks, their culture and religion, and the world of trade and warfare in which they lived. $6.95 softcover.

Bright-Eyed Athena: Stories from Ancient Greece Richard Woff (Getty: 1999)
Illustrated by ancient images of Athena, including several from the antiquities collection in the J. Paul Getty Museum, this book is a lively introduction to several of the most important myths about the goddess connected through her very name with the city of Athens. $12.95 hardcover.


Vacation Under the Volcano - Magic Tree House #13 Mary Pope Osborne (Random: 1998) Jack and Annie race against time to find an ancient library in Pompeii before it is buried in ash! $3.99 softcover. Also available: Hour Of The Olympics - Magic Tree House #16


Ancient Rome and Pompeii - Magic Tree House Research Guide: A Nonfiction Companion to Vacation Under the Volcano Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (Random: 2006) Join Jack and Annie as they research ancient Rome and Pompeii, and the facts behind the fiction. Parents, check the FAQ on the publisher's website. $4.99 softcover.



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