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On Martial Arts, Zen, and the Blue-Eyed, Red-Bearded Barbarian

On Martial Arts, Zen, and the Blue-Eyed, Red-Bearded Barbarian

By Ali Aliabadi. Was the founder of Shaolin kung fu Chinese? Was Zen Buddhism created by a Japanese sage? What role did Nordics play, if any, in the formation of Far Eastern… Read more »

Ancient Records of Egypt Volume II: The Eighteenth Dynasty

Ancient Records of Egypt Volume II: The Eighteenth Dynasty

By Professor JH Breasted. The Eighteenth Dynasty of ancient Egypt (c. 1550–1292 BC) is the best known of all, including as it does the time of Tutankhamun, the four Thutmosis pharaohs, Hatshepsut, Akhenaten and his queen, Nefertiti. It… Read more »

On the Antique Painting in Encaustic of Cleopatra, Discovered in 1818

On the Antique Painting in Encaustic of Cleopatra, Discovered in 1818

By John Sartain. What did Cleopatra really look like? On the front cover is a replica of the original painting of Cleopatra, commissioned by Octavian Augustus on August 12, 30… Read more »

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

By Jacob Abbott. Cleopatra VII was more than the last Macedonian Queen of Egypt. She was a femme fatale of epic proportion, ensnaring the two mightiest Romans of her time,… Read more »

Pyrrhus

Pyrrhus

By Jacob Abbott. The English saying “a Pyrrhic victory” comes from the name of the third century BC king of Epirus, Pyrrhus. After a battle with the Romans which was… Read more »

Ancient Records of Egypt Volume III

Ancient Records of Egypt Volume III

By James Henry Breasted (1865-1935). The author obtained his PhD at the University of Berlin and became director of the Haskell Oriental Museum at the University of Chicago, where he held… Read more »

Conqueror of the World: Alexander the Great

Conqueror of the World: Alexander the Great

By Jacob Abbott. By the age of 33, Alexander of Macedon had conquered most of the known world and would have seized more, had he not met an early end…. Read more »

Scotland’s Story

Scotland’s Story

By H.E. Marshall. This 1906 book is another great classic which was written at a time when British—or in this case—Scottish people were proud of their history and heritage. Originally designed for… Read more »

The Story of Europe

The Story of Europe

By HE Marshall. A wonderfully-written masterpiece of storytelling, originally designed for younger readers but which became popular with all ages because of its easy-to-read narrative, this book tells the story of the… Read more »

Teutonic Unity

Teutonic Unity

By Earnest Sevier Cox. An engrossing history of the Teutonic (Germanic) peoples from the time of the rebellion against the Roman Empire under Hermann to the twentieth century. First defining the Teutons… Read more »

Ancient Records of Egypt Volume I

Ancient Records of Egypt Volume I

By James Henry Breasted (1865-1935). The author obtained his PhD at the University of Berlin and became director of the Haskell Oriental Museum at the University of Chicago, where he held… Read more »

The Teuton and the Roman

The Teuton and the Roman

By Charles Kingsley. Abridged and condensed by R. Peterson. A series of nine brilliant lectures on Roman history by the Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, dealing with… Read more »

Hannibal

Hannibal

By Jacob Abbott. Rome or Carthage: the struggle between these two great powers of the ancient world determined the course of western civilization. This mighty clash of civilizations was fought out in… Read more »

The Lost White Race

The Lost White Race

By Ira Calvin. First published in 1944 by an American soldier serving in the Pacific War against Japan, this book is a product of its time and offers a fascinating, if antiquated,… Read more »

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