Translator of our little but powerful new book Philip Freeman discussed the election as well as Quintus Cicero and HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan last Friday. It is a very entertaining segment so take a look.
Philip Freeman talks politics, elections, Cicero, and HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan
We were pleased to tune-in yesterday afternoon to catch PUP author Philip Freeman discuss his new translated work by Quintus Tullius Cicero called HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians on NPR’s All Things Considered. Host Robert Siegel even reads from the book!
Philip Feeman, the translator of our timely new book HOW TO WIN AN ELECTION: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicans, had his recent op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times yesterday. Take a look to see which Republican candidate(s) would have done right by Quintus Cicero’s (Marcus’s lesser-known brother) advice. The ”advice” was originally from a letter sent to Marcus when he was in the running for the biggest job in Rome.
We invite you to check out our new 2012 ancient world catalog at:
New titles include Quintus Cicero’s How to Win an Election, Simon Goldhill’s Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity, Melissa Lane’s Eco-Reupblic, Harriet Flower’s Roman Republics, John Haywood’s The New Atlas of World History, and more.
We’re at the AIA and APA joint meeting, happening now in Philadelphia. Stop by and visit us at booth #505.
Daniel A. Bell, co-author with Avner de-Shalit of The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age, was sent this fantastic iPad drawing of a recent book talk he gave at the Beijing Bookworm store:
Artist Wu Peng was in the audience at the talk–how cool is that!
If that wasn’t enough, Debra Bruno recently wrote a blog article featuring Daniel A. Bell and the book at The Atlantic Cities blog, which Chicago magazine’s staff blog The 312 picked up earlier today, with a Windy City twist.
FACT: Tree resins were among the earliest additives to wine. Ancient humans made several intuitive leaps that lead to this development: if a tree oozed resin to heal a cut in its bark, then applying resin to a human wound should serve to cure it, and, by extension, drinking a wine laced with a tree resin could both help to treat internal maladies and prevent the dreaded “wine disease.”
Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture
Patrick E. McGovern
The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine. This book is the first comprehensive and up-to-date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond. Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the vine by drawing upon recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing, and the texts and art of long-forgotten peoples.
Patrick McGovern takes us on a personal odyssey back to the beginnings of this consequential beverage when early hominids probably enjoyed a wild grape wine. We follow the course of human ingenuity in domesticating the Eurasian vine and learning how to make and preserve wine some 7,000 years ago. Early winemakers must have marveled at the seemingly miraculous process of fermentation. From success to success, viniculture stretched out its tentacles and entwined itself with one culture after another (whether Egyptian, Iranian, Israelite, or Greek) and laid the foundation for civilization itself. As medicine, social lubricant, mind-altering substance, and highly valued commodity, wine became the focus of religious cults, pharmacopoeias, cuisines, economies, and society. As an evocative symbol of blood, it was used in temple ceremonies and occupies the heart of the Eucharist. Kings celebrated their victories with wine and made certain that they had plenty for the afterlife. (Among the colorful examples in the book is McGovern’s famous chemical reconstruction of the funerary feast—and mixed beverage—of “King Midas.”) Some peoples truly became “wine cultures.”
“No one is better qualified to sift through the widely scattered clues [to the origins of winemaking] than McGovern, a skilled scientific sleuth who wields the most powerful tools of modern chemistry in his search for the roots of ancient wines.”—J. Madeleine Nash, Time Magazine
“A rich treasury of lore on viticulture. . . . McGovern’s book will likely remain a standard in every serious wine-lover’s library for a long time. To that achievement–and to glorious wine itself—let us raise our glasses high.”—Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History
We invite you to read Chapter 1 here: http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s7591.pdf
Why are we giving away two books this week? First of all, our Facebook Page reached the 2,000 fans milestone over the weekend and 2nd, it’s Valentine’s Day. So to everyone, here’s “the love” and our thanks with some wine and flowers: Ancient Wine by Patrick E. McGovern and Orchids of Australia by John J. Riley.
“Ancient Wine tells a dramatic, factual story of wine’s beginnings at the dawn of civilization 8,000 years ago, bringing to life what I have long believed-wine has been an essential part of the gracious way of life for many cultures. Patrick McGovern takes us on a fascinating journey back to the first experiments in making this marvelous beverage. He shows the central role of wine in human history, with insights drawn from archeology, chemistry, gastronomy, and the arts. Ancient Wine will please everyone who enjoys wine. I heartily recommend it.”–Robert Mondavi, winemaker
“Vast in scope and amazing in detail, this comprehensive guide highlights a different type of orchid on each pair of beautifully designed pages. . . . Banks’ and Riley’s passion for the native orchids of Australia has clearly resulted in one of today’s finest contemporary orchid books. Well written and wonderfully illustrated, Orchids of Australia is one of the most interesting and beautiful guides available.”–The Botanical Artist
Anyone who has or who LIKES us on Facebook this week is in the draw on Friday.
If you’re attending the AIA and APA joint annual meeting in Texas, stop by our booth (no. 302) to say hello and browse new books. If you can’t make it to the meeting, we invite you to browse and download our new 2011 Ancient World catalog:
Check out new titles by Erich S. Gruen, Leslie Kurke, Garry Wills, Andrea Carandini, Brooke Holmes, Andrew Feldherr and many more. New paperback editions are also available for Adrienne Mayor’s The Poison King, and The First Fossil Hunters. The catalog is full of great books by great authors. You will definitely find a great book to add to your reading list and library.
Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century:
A Descriptive Catalogue Sofia Kotzabassi & Nancy Patterson Ševčenko, with the collaboration of Don C. Skemer
Believe me, you don’t want to miss out on tomorrow’s (Friday’s) PUP’s Facebook/Twitter book giveaway:
Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century: A Descriptive Catalogue by Sofia Kotzabassi & Nancy Patterson Ševčenko, with the collaboration of Don C. Skemer
What’s the big fuss? It’s difficult to put into words what an awesome book this is. I’ve been trying all week to capture the essence of this book, but I don’t think I did it justice. First time I saw a copy of the book was last Friday and it blew me away. It’s like each page was hand crafted–and the binding, well, you just have to see it for yourself. The Publications of the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, do things right. Let’s just say you probably will want to build your own private library to hold this tome (as Danielle, one of our FB followers, called the book.) Second best, if you have a sturdy coffee table, you could put it there, but the book weighs 7 lbs., so be careful.
How do you enter? Go to PUP’s facebook page and click on the “like” icon to become our fan. Once you’re a fan, then you are automatically entered to win our weekly book giveaways. Or are you into Twitter? If so, go to PUP’s Twitter Page and click on the “Sign Up” button. Tomorrow afternoon, 3:30 ET, we will be picking the lucky winner. You have until then to become part of the draw. So if you “like” what we’re doing with our PUP book giveaways, let us know by becoming a PUP fan.
Last chance. Are you entered to win?
Just one of the 504 color illustrations in PUP’s book giveaway this week. They say a picture is worth a thousand words–then this illustration alone, is worth a gazillion words.
“[E]very book in this collection represents an arm stretched out across vast spaces of time. Gospel books, books of liturgy, anthologies of music and prayers, guides to holy places were there to make time itself stand still, in the eternal presence of God. This collection has many copies of such texts. They stretch over an expanse of time from the 6th to the 19th century. But the volumes that speak, perhaps, most poignantly to modern historians are those that show the reach of medieval Byzantines into the treasures of a past that was already centuries, even millennia, distant from them.”–from the Foreword, Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century: A Descriptive Catalogue
Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King, looks at what may have been the cause of Alexander the Great’s death. When Alexander suddenly became ill and never recovered over 2,000 years ago, his friends thought he might have been poisoned. Did bacteria from the River Styx have a role in his death? DiscoveryNews reports the interesting possibilities at: http://bit.ly/ate2al
For more information about the River Styx poison from a working paper written by Adrienne Mayor, please visit the Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics at:
Also by Adrienne Mayor:
The Poison King:
The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy
Alexander the Great and His Empire:
A Short Introduction
By Pierre Briant
Translated by Amélie Kuhrt