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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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By James Martin, S.J.

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Ancient HistoryThis will be the first post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.

This first group of books focus on Ancient History.  We have selected these books as recommended reading on this topic.

In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

Editor’s Note: These are all important books on this topic. However, they are all in the public domain, which means that they are at least 90 years old.  For some works, newer and better translations may exist; some parts of the historical accounts in these books may be considered outdated today, but these works still stand as solid introductions to the basic people and stories of antiquity. And, of course, they are free.


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Eco-Republic By Melissa LaneUsing Plato to Gain a Vision
for Living an Sustainable Life?

A Review of

Eco-Republic :
What the Ancients Can
Teach Us About Ethics, Virtue
and Sustainable Living
.
Melissa Lane.
Hardback: Princeton U Press, 2011.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

Reviewed by Eric Judge.

It’s a bad sign when I have to read the dust jacket description of a book and the endorsements on the back in an attempt to help myself understand a book that I have just finished.  I say this only slightly in jest.  I have followed my fair share of long, difficult, and dense arguments in academic books, whether because of grad school assignments and research or from a vague sense of “If I just read this book then I will be a hip intellectual”.  Reading Eco-Republic by Melissa Lane, was an exercise in . . . well let’s just call it exercise. And if exercise is often both difficult and rewarding, this book is decidedly on the difficult side of the equation, though not without its rewards.  Classical philosophy is in a great gap in my education and so much of Lane’s discussion of both classical thought in general and Plato in particular was new to me and this has colored my reading and enjoyment of this book.

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