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The Ancient Civilizations Historical Omnibus: Lost Civilizations, Greek Mythology, and Dictators from Ancient History

by Michael Rank


This book is a combined edition of three books: “Lost Civilizations: 10 Societies that Vanished Without a Trace”; “Greek Gods and Goddesses Gone Wild: Bad Behavior and Divine Excess From Zeus’s Philandering to Dionysus’s Benders”; and “History’s Worst Dictators: A Short Guide to the Most Brutal Rulers, From Emperor Nero to Ivan the Terrible.”


From the #1 bestselling author of History’s Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest societies in history that vanished without a trace, and why their disappearance still haunts us today.

Whether it is Plato’s lost city of Atlantis, a technological advanced utopia that sank into the ocean “in a single day and night of misfortune”; the colony of Roanoke, whose early American settlers were swallowed up in the wild forest lands of the unexplored continent, or the Ancient American Explorers, who managed to arrive to the New World 2,000 years before Columbus, the disappearance of these societies is as cryptic as it is implausible.

This book will look at cultures of the 10 greatest lost civilizations in history. Some were millenia ahead their neighbors, such as the Indus Valley Civilization, which had better city planning in 3,000 B.C. than any European capital in the 18th century. Others left behind baffling mysteries, such as the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (formerly known as the Anasazi), whose cliff-dwelling houses were so inaccessible that every member of society would have to be an expert-level rock climber.

Whatever the nature of their disappearance, these lost civilizations offer many lessons for us today — even the greatest of societies can disappear, and that includes us.


Why did the Greek gods and goddesses behave so badly? Because it is one thing for God to make man in his own image and quite another thing for man to return the favor.

Whether it is Zeus constantly philandering and turning his mistress into a cow in order to escape Hera’s wrath or Artemis turning a Greek voyeur into a deer to be consumed by his own hunting dogs, petty feuding and revenge seemed to be the national pastime on Mount Olympus among the Greek gods and goddesses.

The actions of the ancient Greek gods and goddesses show that despite their intelligence, strength, and power over the affairs of life, they were all-too-human and subject to earthly temptation. They also demonstrate the dangers that come with having too much of a good thing.


Nasty, brutish, and short.

This is the way English philosopher Thomas Hobbes described the living conditions into which humans inevitably fall without a strong, central authority. However, Hobbes would agree that living under a brutal dictator could lead to the same conditions. He would know — he lived a century after the bloody reign of Henry VIII, 150 years after Spanish conquistadors witnessed Montezuma II offering up thousands of human sacrifices, and four centuries after Genghis Khan rode throughout Eurasia and left behind enough death and destruction to depopulate major parts of the globe.

This exciting new book from historian Michael Rank looks at the lives and times of the worst dictators in history. You will learn about their reigns and violent actions, such as…

– Emperor Nero’s murder of family members, suspected arson of Rome, and widespread execution of religious minorities, which caused many early Christians to believe that he was the Antichrist

– Genghis Khan’s military conquests that killed tens of millions and caused millions more to flee their homes in fear, resulting in forests reclaiming abandoned farmland and carbon levels plummeting, actually creating man-made global cooling

Learn about how they earned their reputation as the worst dictators in history and why they are so infamous today.

Life of Constantine

by Eusebius

Life of Constantine is a biography of the saint and emperor by the famous historian Eusebius. This edition is translated by Ernest Cushing Richardson.

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Viking Mythology: Thor, Odin, Loki and the Old Norse Myths

by Mikael Shainkman

Stories of the hammer-wielding Thor, wise Odin, beautiful goddess Freya and evil Loki have fascinated people throughout the ages. Even today, almost a thousand years after the last Scandinavians abandoned the old gods for Christianity, the Viking myths continue to captivate new generations of readers. Scandinavian artists have been inspired by these myths for hundreds of years. Art museums all over Scandinavia display paintings with scenes from Norse mythology, and authors and painters still draw on the language and content of the old myths. Also artists elsewhere in the world are inspired by the Norse myths. Richard Wagner borrowed heavily from Viking lore when he wrote his operas, and it’s hard to imagine the fantasy worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin without the inspiration from Scandinavian mythology.

This book offers the modern reader a gateway into the wondrous world of Norse mythology with all its gods, goddesses, heroes, giants, elves, dwarfs and other creatures. But at the same time, this is more than just a collection of the ancient myths. This book also places all these gods and myths in their historical context and explains the religion of the Vikings, with its sacred calendar, its holy places and its sacrifices.

A History of Modern Europe from the Fall of Constantinople to the War of Crimea A.D. 1453-1900, Vol. II: 1525-1585

by Thomas Henry Dyer

Volume 2 of Dyer’s classic History of Modern Europe covers the period from 1525 to 1585.

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A History of Modern Europe from the Fall of Constantinople to the War of Crimea A.D. 1453-1900, Vol. I: 1453-1525

by Thomas Henry Dyer

A History of Modern Europe from the Fall of Constantinople to the War of Crimea A.D. 1453-1900, Vol. I: 1453-1525 is an expansive history of the time period by noted historian Thomas Henry Dyer.

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The Extant Odes of Pindar

by Pindar

The Extant Odes of Pindar is a collection of odes from the famous lyric poet.

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The Middle Ages Historical Omnibus: 29 Queens, Generals, and Crusaders Who Created the Medieval World

by Michael Rank


This book is a combined edition of three books: “History’s Greatest Generals: 10 Commanders Who Conquered Empires, Revolutionized Warfare, and Changed History Forever”; “The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor”; and “The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross.”


From the #1 bestselling author of The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross comes an exciting new book on the greatest minds of military leadership in history.

Whether it is Hannibal of Carthage marching elephants across the Alps and attacking the heart of Rome, Khalid ibn al-Walid boasting an undefeated military career and destroying the Persian Empire while subduing the Byzantines, or Russian General Alexander Suvurov and his elevation of the bayonet to a weapon that could cut down any European army, great military leaders have exerted tremendous influence on society.

This book will look at the lives and leadership styles of the ten greatest military commanders in history. Some conquered the fullest expanse of the known world, as did Alexander the Great. Still others were master statesmen and capable of translating military victory into long-term political gains, such as Julius Caesar, whose vanquishing of the Gauls and his political opponents laid the groundwork for several centuries of unmatchable Roman imperial might.

Whatever their background, these rulers show that the right military commander at the right time in history can destroy an empire, change civilization, and alter the course of world history forever.


The idea of a powerful woman in the Middle Ages seems like an oxymoron. Females in this time are imagined to be damsels in distress, trapped in a high tower, and waiting for knights to rescue them, all while wearing traffic-cones for a hat. After rescue, their lives improved little. Their career choices were to be either a docile queen, housewife, or be burned at the stake for witchcraft.

But what if this image of medieval women is a complete fiction?

It turns out that it is. Powerful female rulers fill the Middle Ages. Anglo-Saxon queen Aethelflaed personally led armies into direct combat with Vikings in the 900s and saved England from foreign invasion. Byzantine Empress Theodora kept the empire from falling apart during the Nika Revolts and stopped her husband Justinian from fleeing Constantinople. Joan of Arc completely reversed the fortunes of France in the Hundred Years War and commanded assaults on English fortresses despite being an illiterate 17-year-old peasant.

This book will look at the lives of the ten most powerful women in the Middle Ages. Whether it is the famed scholar Anna Komnene, who wrote the first narrative history, or Ottoman Queen Mother K̦sem Sultan, who ruled the Islamic empire through three of her sons Рall these women held extraordinary levels of power at a time when women were thought to not have any.


‘The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross’ is an exciting new book by best-selling author and historian Michael Rank about the quest to retake the Holy Land. It looks at the lives and times of the 10 most important people in one of the most interesting times in history, covering 1095 to 1212.

Whether it is Peter the Hermit raising an army of 100,000 peasants to fight in the Crusades in the Holy Land with nothing but pitchforks or Baldwin IV personally leading his forces against Saladin despite having terminal leprosy, these larger-than figures were compelled to forsake their vast land holdings while embarking on a dangerous adventure against a superior enemy.

Famous Men of the Middle Ages

by John H. Haaren

John H. Haaren published a book in 1904 on many of the famous figures of the Middle Ages. This edition includes a table of contents.

Dictionary of the American West: Over 5,000 Terms and Western Expressions from AARIGAA! to Zopilote

by Win Blevins

A wild dive into the talk distinctive to the West, with lore that makes its true character, its many peoples, and its astonishing landscape come rousingly alive.

Between “Aarigaa” and “zopilote” you’ll find keys to understanding not only cowmen but many Westerners neglected in previous dictionaries, including Native peoples, women, miners, Mormons, Hispanics, fur traders, French Canadians, Basquesâ??all the carnival of human beings who lived and still thrive between Texas and Alaska.

In their copious and colorful terms you’ll see the chief preoccupations of the Westerners of the nineteenth century, women, booze, and death, and learn that one of the phrases for dying was “ride a painted horse with your face to the west.” You’ll see the terms that Native peoples have contributed to English, like “red road, sweat lodge, powwow,” and “fry bread,” and the words that have migrated from Spanish into Western English.

You’ll learn about the land that shapes the people in words like “gullywasher, badlands, sakey, wash, malpais,” and many more. One discovery alone is worth the whole reading adventureâ??can you guess what a “buck nun” is?

Sound in scholarship yet rich in fun.

Alistair Cooke wrote of Westopedia, “There has never been anything like this enchanting book. It is inconceivable that anyone with the faintest interest in the West, in its history, facts and fables, idioms and mores, can ever again be without this exhaustive bible of the West.”

Medieval Europe

by H.W.C. Davis

Medieval Europe is a concise overview of medieval Europe.

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The Irish Rebellion of 1641, with a History of the Events Which Led up to and Succeeded It

by Lord Ernest Hamilton

The Irish Rebellion of 1641, with a History of the Events which Led up to and Succeeded It is a thorough history of the Irish Rebellion.

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Before the Calling: Life in Abraham’s Ur 1900 CBE

by David Schafers

Take a journey back in time to the land of Ur of the Chaldees. The City were Abraham, Lot and Terah all lived before they were called by God to go to the promised land of Israel.

Find out what life was really like there, what they may have seen, what people did for a living, where they lived and where they worshiped and the Gods of the time. Experience the great Ziggurat of Ur with all it’s comparisons to the infamous tower of Babel in the Bible.

Find out what you goods you could find in the markets of Ur, what your hard earned Shekel could buy you. Find out what the laws of the land were, the role of women and houses in which they lived.

Read about how the Kings of Ur lived and died with their retinues. Find out what your days wage would buy you and so much more in the land where Abraham lived before he was called to establish the three great monotheistic faiths through the eyes of his nephew Lot.

Amerigo Vespucci

by Frederick A. Ober

Amerigo Vespucci is a biography of the famous explorer.

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