From The Browser, an interview with Mary Beard on books about ancient history in modern life. A review of The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War by Caroline Alexander (and more and more and more). The first chapter from Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece by Joan Breton Connelly. From BMCR, a review of The Feminine Matrix of Sex and Gender in Classical Athens by Kate Gilhuly; a review of Abusive Mouths in Classical Athens by Nancy Worman; and a review of Greek Sport and Social Status by Mark Golden. The dinner party from Hell: The 2,000-year-old history of the intimidating dinner host. From The Nation, a review of The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found by Mary Beard. The first chapter from The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy by Adrienne Mayor. The great Roman orator Cicero is a politician who speaks loud and clear to our own times. Robin Wood on Seneca, the philosopher accused of fiddling while Nero fiddled while Rome burned. A review of Marcus Aurelius: A Life by Frank McLynn. A review of 428 AD: An Ordinary Year at the End of the Roman Empire by Giusto Traina. From Standpoint, a review essay on the fall of the Roman Empire. A review of How Rome Fell: Death of a Superpower by Adrian Goldsworthy. A review of The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages 400-1000 by Chris Wickham. On the edge of an empire: On the curious English nostalgia for the days when Rome divided and conquered Britain. A review of The Golden Age of the Classics in America: Greece, Rome, and the Antebellum United States by Carl J. Richard.