August – September 2014
Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, will be at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. to discuss her latest book, a tribute to the fierce ancient warrior women whom we call the Amazons.
Who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and sexual freedom? Were Amazons real? In this deeply researched, wide-ranging, and lavishly illustrated book, National Book Award finalist Adrienne Mayor presents the Amazons as they have never been seen before. This is the first comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China.
Ms. Mayor will be giving a presentation of her book from 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm, and will be signing copies from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Mayor tells how amazing new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons prove that women warriors were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Combining classical myth and art, nomad traditions, and scientific archaeology, she reveals intimate, surprising details and original insights about the lives and legends of the women known as Amazons. Provocatively arguing that a timeless search for a balance between the sexes explains the allure of the Amazons, Mayor reminds us that there were as many Amazon love stories as there were war stories. The Greeks were not the only people enchanted by Amazons—Mayor shows that warlike women of nomadic cultures inspired exciting tales in ancient Egypt, Persia, India, Central Asia, and China.
Adrienne Mayor is the author of The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy (Princeton), a finalist for the National Book Award and named one of the best books of 2009 by theWashington Post. Her other books include Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World (Overlook) and The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times (Princeton). She is a research scholar in classics and history of science at Stanford University.
Can’t get enough of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed? Author Eric H. Cline will be among those reading from and signing copies of his book at this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Cline will be presenting his book on the Science stage of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 1:40 pm-2:25 pm and signing copies of the text from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. There will be discussion aplenty, so come join us!
Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. His many books include From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible and The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction. His latest book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, examines the causes of the end of the Late Bronze Age.
Cline’s book tells the tale of how this end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.
Interested in learning a little more about the book? You can check out 1177 B.C.‘s prologue here.
How to survive a zombie apocalypse – using math!
Princeton University Press author and Professor of Mathematics Colin Adams is coming to The Harvard Coop Bookstore on September 24th, where he’ll be reading from, and signing copies of his latest book, Zombies and Calculus.
Colin Adams, an academic and a humor columnist (a rare combination!) presents a fictional account of how math can save your life in a zombie invasion. Zombies and Calculus is a math novel that tells the story of a zombie invasion on a college campus and a calculus professor who must race to save his friends, students, and family. As the zombie virus spreads and civilization crumbles, the professor uses calculus to help his small band of survivors defeat the hordes of the undead.
Along the way, readers learn how to avoid being eaten by taking advantage of the fact that zombies always point their tangent vector toward their target, and how to use exponential growth to determine the rate at which the virus is spreading. Williams also covers topics such as logistic growth, gravitational acceleration, predator-prey models, pursuit problems, the physics of combat, and more. With the aid of his story, you too can survive the zombie onslaught and learn more about calculus in a fun, new way.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to hob-nob with Mr. Adams, and more importantly, to learn how to defeat the undead with derivatives. Who knows – one day, you might actually need to! Until then, be sure to ‘like’ the Zombies and Calculus Facebook page and share it with your friends. We look forward to seeing you there!