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History & Literary Analysis


Greek MusingsGreek Musings
Memories and Fables

Greek Musings, derives from Patrick's experiences in Greece spread out over a lifetime. Both memoir and myth combine here in sometimes amusing, sometimes numinous encounters with Greek culture past and present. This small collection should add to Hunt's stature as a Philhellene and his professional life as historian and archaeologist. He is forever grateful to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens where he was a graduate student and has been fulfilled teaching different aspects of Classics over decades even though he feels more inclined to being a storyteller rather than scholar. Nevertheless, it is easy to see here the many deep contributions of the Greek world that have greatly influenced Hunt's life.

Published by Stone Tower Books, March 2019
ISBN: 978-0-692-05611-0
Paperback: 135 pages

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One of the greatest commanders of the ancient world brought vividly to life: Hannibal, the brilliant general who successfully crossed the Alps with his war elephants and brought Rome to its knees.

To this day Hannibal is still regarded as a military genius. Napoleon, George Patton, and Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. are only some of the generals who studied and admired him. His strategy and tactics are still taught in military academies. He is one of the figures of the ancient world whose life and exploits never fail to impress. Historian Patrick Hunt has led archeological expeditions in the Alps and elsewhere to study Hannibal's achievements. Now he brings Hannibal's incredible story to life in this riveting and dramatic book.

Hannibal relates the famous general’s story with wonderful energy. . . . Archeologist and historian Patrick Hunt distills his survey of literature about the Second Punic War into a brightly dramatic story that covers virtually every anecdote connected with Hannibal...immensely readable.”
(The Christian Science Monitor)

“Patrick Hunt's Hannibal is a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and good writing.  Knowing what the author knows, this biography could have been 900 pages long; instead it hits the scales at below 300, the perfect fighting weight for one of history's most lethal combatants.” 
(Robert L. O’Connell, author of The Ghosts of Cannae)

"An exciting biography of one of history's greatest commanders. . . . A thrilling page-turner about one of history's most brilliant strategists and tacticians."  (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Patrick Hunt is one of the world’s greatest experts on Hannibal. He brings that magnificent commander to life, with verve and in detail, in this wonderful book. Hannibal is must reading for all students of military history.” (Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of
The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination)

“From opening anecdote to closing argument, Hunt’s biography engages fully with both Hannibal the legend and Hannibal the man—telling us what can and should be known about the man while acknowledging the ambiguities and contradictions of the legend. Was Hannibal a military genius or a lucky gambler, a self-propelled comet or the instrument of fate, a figure of terror or of pathos? All of these, and much more.”
(Steven Saylor, author of the New York Times bestseller Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome)

“The military history is thorough and balanced. . . . Drawing on both ancient and modern scholarship, this book is accessible for the nonspecialist; military history buffs will enjoy.” (Library Journal)

“The flourishes that make Hunt a popular on-air personality shine through. . . . . Hunt’s story of the doomed general, whose exploits are more celebrated than those of his vanquishers, will appeal to any reader interested in military history or strategy.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Engrossing . . . ideal for general readers with an interest in ancient history." (Booklist)

"Hunt brilliantly weaves historical and modern sources together to provide an accurate picture of what Hannibal did and how it helped shape Roman warfare." click here for full review
(Ancient History Encyclopedia)

Published by Simon & Schuster, July 2017
ISBN: 978-1439102176
Hardcover: 384 pages

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When Empires ClashWhen Empires Clash:
12 Great Battles of Antiquity

available January 2, 2017

The ancient historian Polybuis urged caution regarding writing about places one has not been. Author Patrick Hunt agrees, and this volume on ancient battles is informed by having walked most of the battle sites and having studies archaeological material associated with each of them. Combining expertise in archaeology, geography, military history, and classical studies, he provided a fresh analysis of twelve conflicts of the ancient world that shaped subsequent history in the West.

Published by Stone Tower Books, January 2017
ISBN: 978-1942614135
Hardcover: 316 pages

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Wine JourneysWine Journeys: Myth and History

This is a wine history from Anatolia to Europe covering 9000 years. In belle lettre and anecdotal form, this book shares wine journeys across multiple continents. It studies cultivation and purposes of wine and grapes and early agriculture since the Neolithic, also telling the myths of Dionysus and Bacchus from their Greek and Roman contexts. From Etruscans to Sicilians, from Roman legionaries to Charlemagne, from French monks across Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace, from the Rhine to the Rhone, from Tyrolean to Swiss vineyards, wine history is told with literary quotations and notes from the book of Genesis in the Bible to Homer, Virgil, Horace, Athenaeus, Chaucer, Rabelais and many other writers.

Hunt has taught postgraduate courses on the History of Wine at Stanford and elsewhere and has lectured at wineries, conferences, symposia and related venues around the world, including for the Napa Valley Vintners Association at Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Napa Valley. He has traveled in wine journeys across five continents and annually spends time in viticultural regions in France and Italy as well as California.

Published by Cognella Academic Press, December, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-62661-064-4
186 pages

available at the Stanford Bookstore

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Critical Insights: The InfernoCRITICAL INSIGHTS, The Inferno

Contributed original essays in this new book edited by Patrick Hunt include new work by Robert Harrison, Heather Webb, David Lummus, Nicole Rudick and Elizabeth Coggeshall.

This volume is intended to make Dante's Inferno more accessible to inquiring students. Essays include a close reading of Dante, a chapter comparing and contrasting Dante's Inferno to his other writing, a history of the critical response to his work, and a chapter on the cultural and historical context of the poem.

Dante is immortal partly because his epic poem distills more creative genius in the few decades it took to write than many cultures preserve of their legacy over millennia. Dante is at the very heart of Western Culture.


"This series makes a valuable addition to academic libraries supporting literature students both at undergraduate and at graduate levels as it presents different views and more in-depth articles..."
Library Journal

Editor: Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., University College London
Published by Salem Press, September, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-58765-838-9
September 2012 · 1 volume · 360 pages · 6"x9"

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Myths for all timeMYTHS FOR ALL TIME

Timeless Greek myths retold as stories are never out of fashion. These familiar tales form a priceless treasure that became one of the foundations for Western culture, art and history. Without Greek myths, our history, our imagination and our art would be that much poorer. With these myths, we better understand our own time and place. Nearly every great writer has somehow made direct reference or alluded to Greek myths. These watershed myths became vehicles for expressing some of our deepest ideas in metaphor.

In addition to iconographic background and structural analyses, twelve selected myths appear here told in the medium of short story with lively dialogue and riveting action.

The myths included in this book are Orpheus and Eurydice, Midas' Golden Touch, Daedalus and Icarus, Narcissus and Echo, Heracles at Olympia, Demeter and Persephone, Dionysus and the Pirates, Achilles and Penthesilea, Apollo and Daphne, Oedipus and the Sphinx, Pandora's Box and Endymion and Artemis

Ariel Books, New York, Fall 2007
ISBN: 978-1934269091
120 Pages
Also available in audio format

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Poetry in the Song of SongsPoetry in the Song of Songs: A Literary Analysis

This ground-breaking study explores the structure and literary figures in the biblical Hebrew poetry of the Song of Songs. These figures include simile, metaphor, paronomasia, parallelism, sensory cluster, fertility language and many other literary devices, delineated but not limited to how they also appear in classical literature as defined by Aristotle, Quintilian, and others.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.; 1st New edition edition (September 30, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1433104657
Paperback: 368 pages

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