Mythos Christos

History / Military

Old Saint Peter’s, Rome (British School at Rome Studies) edited by Rosamond McKitterick, John Osborne, Joanna Story, Carol M. Richardson
Edwin Herbert, “Mythos Christos”
Conrad D. Totman, “Japan: An Environmental History”
Tom Slevin, “Visions of the Human: Art, World War I and the Modernist Subject”
Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy, Pankaj Mishra, Hilal Bhatt, Angana P. Chatterji, “Kashmir: A Case of Freedom”

Old Saint Peter’s, Rome (British School at Rome Studies) edited by
Rosamond McKitterick, John Osborne, Joanna Story, Carol M. Richardson

English | January 13, 2014 | ISBN: 1107041643 | PDF | 512 pages | 80.2 MB

St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is arguably the most important church in Western Christendom, and is among the most significant buildings anywhere in the world. However, the church that is visible today is a youthful upstart, only four hundred years old compared to the twelve-hundred-year-old church whose site it occupies. A very small proportion of the original is now extant, entirely covered over by the new basilica, but enough survives to make reconstruction of the first St Peter’s possible and much new evidence has been uncovered in the past thirty years.
This is the first full study of the older church, from its late antique construction to Renaissance destruction, in its historical context. An international team of historians, art historians, archaeologists and liturgists explores aspects of the basilica’s history, from its physical fabric to the activities that took place within its walls and its relationship with the city of Rome.

Edwin Herbert, “Mythos Christos”

2017 | ISBN-10: 1483583031 | 496 pages | EPUB | 2 MB

Alexandria, Egypt / AD 391 – When the great temple of Serapis and its library annex are destroyed by the Christian mob, the Neoplatonist philosopher Hypatia becomes concerned the Great Library might suffer the same fate. She vows to save as much of the ancient knowledge as she can, especially certain telling documents concerning the origins of Christianity. But rather than merely hiding the heretical scrolls and codices in desert caves and hoping for the best, Hypatia contrives a far more ingenious plan. She sets up an elaborate sequence of burials, each of which is governed by actual ancient linguistic and geometrical riddles which must be solved to gain access. Only one steeped in Platonic mysticism would be capable of finding and unlocking the buried secrets. Oxford, England / June, 2006 – American Rhodes scholar Lex Thomasson is sent to Alexandria to aid a mysterious Vatican group known only as “The Commission.” They require a specialist in ancient languages to solve a sequence of Greek Mystery puzzles in what soon becomes evident is Hypatia’s ancient treasure hunt. The Oxford paleographer demonstrates his unique talents by unlocking the secrets along the trail. It does not take long, however, for him to become suspicious of the Commission’s true motives, and the trail becomes a trial fraught with danger. The scene alternates between the two time periods. In both, assassins lurk and fanatics abound. And all along, religious Faith and historical Truth struggle for supremacy.

Conrad D. Totman, “Japan: An Environmental History”

ISBN: 1848851162, 1784537438 | 2014 | EPUB | 416 pages | 5 MB

From the outset, society in Japan has been shaped by its environmental context. The lush green mountainous archipelago of today supports a population of over 127 million people and one of the most advanced economies in the world. How has this come about?
At what environmental cost? Conrad Totman, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Japan, here provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the country’s environmental history, from its beginnings to the present day. What makes the Japanese story particularly instructive is that the country’s boundaries are uncommonly clear and the nature, timing, and extent of external influences on its history are unusually identifiable.
The Japanese experience, therefore, not only yields important insights into the processes of environmental history, it offers important lessons for the wider environmental history of the planet.

Tom Slevin, “Visions of the Human: Art, World War I and the Modernist Subject”

ISBN: 1780766319 | 2015 | EPUB | 256 pages | 71 MB

In what ways do the artistic avant-garde’s representations of the human body reflect the catastrophe of World War I?
The European modernists were inspired by developments in the nineteenth-century, yielding new forms of knowledge about the nature of reality and repositioning the human body as the new ‘object’ of knowledge. New ‘visions’ of the human subject were created within this transformation.
However, modernity’s reactionary political climate – for which World War I provided a catalyst – transformed a once liberal ideal between humanity, environment, and technology, into a tool of disciplinary rationalisation. Visions of the Human considers the consequences of this historical moment for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It explores the ways in which the ‘technologies of the self’ that inspired the avant-garde were increasingly instrumentalised by conservative politics, urbanism, consumer capitalism and the society of ‘the spectacle’.
This is an engaging and powerful study which challenges prior ideas and explores new ways of thinking about modern visual culture.

Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy, Pankaj Mishra, Hilal Bhatt, Angana P. Chatterji, “Kashmir: A Case of Freedom”

ASIN: B006GH9MGO, ISBN: 1844677354 | 2011 | AZW3 | 140 pages | 248 KB

At home, the Kashmiri people’s ongoing quest for justice and self-determination is as much ignored by their venal politicians as it is rejected by Pakistan. Internationally, their struggle is forgotten, as the West refuses to bring pressure to bear on its regional ally India. Kashmir: The Case for Freedom is an impassioned attempt to redress this imbalance and to fill the gap in our moral imagination.
Covering Kashmir’s past and present and the occupation’s causes and consequences, the authors issue a clarion call for the withdrawal of Indian troops and for Kashmir’s right to self-determination.

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