From epic classics of literature to deciphering ancient civilizations, these gifts are made for the curious historian in your life.

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The Iliad and the Odyssey Boxed Set
by Homer, translated by Peter Green

“An amazingly accessible translation for experienced or novice readers, a translation that conveys both the feeling and the sense of the original lyrical Greek…”—Choice

With the verve and pathos of the original oral tradition, Peter Green’s landmark translations of Homer’s epics captures the beauty and complexity, the surging thunder and quiet lyricism, of the Iliad and the Odyssey for a new generation of readers. 

Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs
A Guide to Nahuatl Writing

by Gordon Whittaker

Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs is an exceptionally handsome volume, illustrated with a myriad of Nahuatl signs and symbols reproduced in brilliant colors and judiciously distributed across its pages. Whittaker writes with precision and wit, and through the cunning deployment of dry humor he does all he can to convey his enthusiasm for the subject…”—New York Review of Books

In this innovative volume Gordon Whittaker provides the reader with a step-by-step, illustrated guide to reading Aztec glyphs, as well as the historical and linguistic context needed to appreciate and understand this fascinating writing system. He also tells the story of how this enigmatic language has been deciphered and gives a tour through Aztec history as recorded in the richly illustrated hieroglyphic codices.

This groundbreaking guide is essential reading for anyone interested in the Aztecs, hieroglyphs, or ancient languages.