New Books (not to be reviewed)

The following books have been sent to the European Journal of Archaeology but will, for one reason or another, not be reviewed in the journal.

Andrew Lear and Eva Cantarella (2008) Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty. Boys were their Gods. London and New York: Routledge. Hdb., 262 pp, many figures. ISBN 978-0-415-22367-6. £65

The blurb promises that “this lavishly illustrated book brings together, for the first time, all of the different ways in which vase-painting portrays or refers to pederasty, from scenes of courtship, foreplay, and sex, to scenes of Zeus with his boy-love Ganymede, to painted inscriptions praising the beauty of boys. … The book also incorporates a comprehensive catalogue of relevant vase-paintings, compiled by noted archaeologist Keith DeVries. It is the most comprehensive treatment available of an institution that has few modern parallels.” At it is the kind of academic book that gets borrowed a lot in public libraries.

Toby Wilkinson (2007) Lives of the Ancient Egyptians. London: Thames and Hudson. Hdb., 336 pp, 200+ illustrations, many in colour. ISBN 978-0-500-051481. £24.95

Another beautiful and relatively inexpensive coffee-table book from Thames & Hudson. It is advertised as a sumptuously illustrated insight into a vanished and mysterious world which tells the personal stories of famous pharaohs, from Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid, to Akhenaten and Ramesses II, and even includes Egypt’s queens: the powerful Tiye, the beautiful Nefertiti, Tutankhamun’s tragic child-bride Ankhesenamun, and Cleopatra. The book is also said to give a voice to ordinary men and women, so often ignored in histories of ancient Egypt: a doctor, a sailor, a housewife – and a serial criminal. What more could you want?

Jean-Pierre Corteggiani (2007) The Pyramids of Giza. Facts, Legends and Mysteries. London: Thames and Hudson. Pbk, 128 pp., 127 illustr, most in colour. ISBN 978-0-500-301227. £6.95

This inexpensive and popular series, originally published in French, features many beautiful volumes on archaeological and other topics. This little book contains most a curious non-specialist will initially want to know about the Egyptian pyramids, from their history to modern interpretations. I like the entire series a lot.

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