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Dehejia, Vidya The Thief Who Stole My Heart (0691202591)
Dehejia, Vidya The Thief Who Stole My Heart (0691202591)

The first book to put the sacred and sensuous bronze statues from India’s Chola dynasty in social contextFrom the ninth through the thirteenth century, the Chola dynasty of southern India produced thousands of statues of Hindu deities, whose physical perfection was meant to reflect spiritual beauty and divine transcendence. During festivals, these bronze sculptures—including Shiva, referred to in a saintly vision as “the thief who stole my heart”—were adorned with jewels and flowers and paraded through towns as active participants in Chola worship. In this richly illustrated book, leading art historian Vidya Dehejia introduces the bronzes within the full context of Chola history, culture, and religion. In doing so, she brings the bronzes and Chola society to life before our very eyes.Dehejia presents the bronzes as material objects that interacted in meaningful ways with the people and practices of their era. Describing the role of the statues in everyday activities, she reveals not only the importance of the bronzes for the empire, but also little-known facets of Chola life. She considers the source of the copper and jewels used for the deities, proposing that the need for such resources may have influenced the Chola empire’s political engagement with Sri Lanka. She also investigates the role of women patrons in bronze commissions and discusses the vast public records, many appearing here in translation for the first time, inscribed on temple walls.From the Cholas’ religious customs to their agriculture, politics, and even food, The Thief Who Stole My Heart offers an expansive and complete immersion in a community still accessible to us through its exquisite sacred art.Published in association with the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

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Manning, Janice Egyptian Texts of the Bronzebook: The First Six Books of the Kolbrin Bible (1502784238)
Manning, Janice Egyptian Texts of the Bronzebook: The First Six Books of the Kolbrin Bible (1502784238)

The Egyptian Texts of The Bronzebook: The First Six Books of The Kolbrin Bible is all that remains of a 3600-year old anthology penned by Egyptian academicians and scribes after the Hebrew Exodus. The result of a regional search for the one true G-d of Abraham, it offers alternate accounts of Exodus and Noah's Flood. Written in Egyptian Hieratic, first translated to Phoenician and then into English, it describes a planet the Egyptians called the 'Destroyer.' According to recently translated Sumerian texts, this object (also known as Nibiru or Planet X) is in a 3600-year orbit around our sun. The Egyptians say it caused Noah's Flood and the Plagues of Exodus. Like the Druids, Sumerians and Mayans, they also warn us of its imminent return and of yet another Biblical tribulation. The 'Other' Exodus Story While there are parallels to the Exodus story of the Torah (Old Testament), the Egyptian accounts tell us that: The Ten Plagues of Exodus were caused by the flyby of a planet through our solar system. Pharaoh and his army perished at the Red Sea after slaughtering over half the Jews. The Ten Plagues of Exodus were all parts of the same natural global disaster. Following the Red Sea debacle, Egypt paid dearly to repel an bloody invasion from the South. Shaken to their national core, the Egyptians conducted the first regional anthropological and historical study of the Middle East. Their aim was to find clues that would lead them to the one true G-d of Abraham, and they published their initial findings in a 21-volume work titled The Great Book. During the last millennium BCE, Phoenician papyrus traders translated The Great Book from Egyptian Hieratic into their own 22-letter alphabet and entrusted a copy to the Celtic priests in Britain. After the death of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea (his great uncle on the side of Joseph) founded the Glastonbury Abbey. It became the repository for these texts as well as those authored by Celtic priests, and in 1184 CE, English King Henry II ordered an attack on the Abbey. The surviving priests secreted the remaining texts to Scotland where they were translated into English and eventually merged to create The Kolbrin Bible. Related Title - The Celtic Texts of the Coelbook: The Last Five books of The Kolbrin Bible A historical treasure trove of ancient Celtic and Druid folklore, philosophy and mysticism. Penned by Celtic priests in the first millennium CE, it includes a never-before published biographical sketch of Jesus Christ with several first-person quotes by Jesus, himself. Related Title - The Kolbrin Bible: 21st Century Master Edition The Kolbrin Bible dates back 3600 years and offers unique and enlightened insights from the past to both challenge and affirm our present d

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Schwartz, Steven Geometrical and Visual Optics, Third Edition (1260121097)
Schwartz, Steven Geometrical and Visual Optics, Third Edition (1260121097)

The acclaimed introductory text to geometrical and visual optics --- now in full colorGeometrical and Visual Optics, Third Edition is a rigorous, yet approachable text that expertly combines basic optics with clinical application in a way that brings key optometry topics to life. It is meant to be a concise and user-friendly resource for clinicians as they begin their study of optics, and as they eventually prepare for licensing examinations. The book emphasizes optical concepts and problem-solving skills that underlie contemporary clinical eye care, and because of its clinical utility, a vergence approach is stressed.FEATURES:•3 complete practice exams, totaling 122 questions •200+ end-of-chapter self-assessment problems with detailed worked-out solutions•Full-color figures and clinical highlights•Learning Objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter•Color highlighted summaries, sample problems, and tables•Summary and list of formulas appear at the end of each chapter•NEW CHAPTER on lens thickness; and prism coverage has been expanded to include vertical imbalance•In-depth coverage of geometrical and visual optics spans the full spectrum of topics, from refraction at spherical surfaces, to thin and thick lenses, to depth of field, ametropia, magnification, retinal image size, and reflection•Primary emphasis is on core concepts, with a minimum of formulas and superfluous mathematics

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Tucker-Jones, Anthony Hitler’s Winter (1472847393)
Tucker-Jones, Anthony Hitler’s Winter (1472847393)

‘What a brilliant book this is… a terrific narrative of Hitler’s Ardennes offensive of December 1944 – superb storytelling that achieves a skilful balance between drama and detail.’ - James Holland The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in the West. Launched in the depths of winter to neutralize the overwhelming Allied air superiority, three German armies attacked through the Ardennes, the weakest part of the American lines, with the aim of splitting the Allied armies and seizing the vital port of Antwerp within a week. It was a tall order, as the Panzers had to get across the Our, Amblève, Ourthe and Meuse rivers, and the desperate battle became a race against time and the elements, which the Germans would eventually lose. But Hitler’s dramatic counterattack did succeed in catching the Allies off guard in what became the largest and bloodiest battle fought by US forces during the war. In this book, Anthony Tucker-Jones tells the story of the battle from the German point of view, from the experiences of the infantrymen and panzer crewmen fighting on the ground in the Ardennes to the operational decisions of senior commanders such as SS-Oberstgruppenführer Josef ‘Sepp’ Dietrich and General Hasso von Manteuffel that did so much to decide the fate of the offensive. Drawing on new research, Hitler’s Winter provides a fresh perspective on one of the most famous battles of World War II.

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Wailoo, Keith Genetics and the Unsettled Past (0813552559)
Wailoo, Keith Genetics and the Unsettled Past (0813552559)

Our genetic markers have come to be regarded as portals to the past. Analysis of these markers is increasingly used to tell the story of human migration; to investigate and judge issues of social membership and kinship; to rewrite history and collective memory; to right past wrongs and to arbitrate legal claims and human rights controversies; and to open new thinking about health and well-being. At the same time, in many societies genetic evidence is being called upon to repair the racial past and to transform scholarly and popular opinion about the “nature” of identity in the present. Genetics and the Unsettled Past considers the alignment of genetic science with commercial genealogy, with legal and forensic developments, and with pharmaceutical innovation to examine how these trends lend renewed authority to biological understandings of race and history. This unique collection brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to explore the emerging and often contested connections among race, DNA, and history. Written for a general audience, the book’s essays touch upon a variety of topics, including the rise and implications of DNA in genealogy, law, and other fields; the cultural and political uses and misuses of genetic information; the way in which DNA testing is reshaping understandings of group identity for French Canadians, native Americans, south Africans, and many others within and across cultural and national boundaries; and the sweeping implications of genetics for society today.

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Brittain, Charles Simplicius: On Epictetus Handbook 27-53 (1472557360)
Brittain, Charles Simplicius: On Epictetus Handbook 27-53 (1472557360)

The Enchiridion or Handbook of the first-century AD Stoic Epictetus was used as an ethical treatise both in Christian monasteries and by the sixth-century pagan Neoplatonist Simplicius. Simplicius chose it for beginners, rather than Aristotle's Ethics, because it presupposed no knowledge of logic. We thus get a fascinating chance to see how a pagan Neoplatonist transformed Stoic ideas. The text was relevant to Simplicius because he too, like Epictetus, was teaching beginners how to take the first steps towards eradicating emotion, although he is unlike Epictetus in thinking that they should give up public life rather than acquiesce, if public office is denied them. Simplicius starts from a Platonic definition of the person as rational soul, not body, ignoring Epictetus' further whittling down of himself to just his will or policy decisions. He selects certain topics for special attention in chapters 1, 8, 27 and 31. Things are up to us, despite Fate. Our sufferings are not evil, but providential attempts to turn us from the body. Evil is found only in the human soul. But evil is parasitic (Proclus' term) on good. The gods exist, are provident, and cannot be bought off.With nearly all of this the Stoics would agree, but for quite different reasons, and their own distinctions and definitions are to a large extent ignored. This translation of the Handbook is published in two volumes. This is the second volume, covering chapters 27-53; the first covers chapters 1-26.

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Quinn, Seabury Black Moon (1597809853)
Quinn, Seabury Black Moon (1597809853)

'Hercule Poirot meets Fox Mulder . . . gruesomely effective. '—Kirkus Reviews22 collected tales of Jules de Grandin, the supernatural detective made famous in the classic pulp magazine Weird Tales.Today the names of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth, and Clark Ashton Smith, all regular contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales during the first half of the twentieth century, are recognizable even to casual readers of the bizarre and fantastic. And yet despite being more popular than them all during the golden era of genre pulp fiction, there is another author whose name and work have fallen into obscurity: Seabury Quinn.Quinn’s short stories were featured in well over half of Weird Tales’s original publication run. His most famous character, the French supernatural detective Dr. Jules de Grandin, investigated cases involving monsters, devil worshippers, serial killers, and spirits from beyond the grave, often set in the small town of Harrisonville, New Jersey. In de Grandin there are familiar shades of both Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and alongside his assistant, Dr. Samuel Trowbridge, de Grandin’s knack for solving mysteries—and his outbursts of peculiar French-isms (Grand Dieu!)—captivated readers for nearly three decades.Available for the first time in trade editions, The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin series collects all ninety-three published works featuring the supernatural detective. Presented in chronological order over five volumes, this is the definitive collection of an iconic pulp hero.The fifth volume, Black Moon, includes all the stories from “Suicide Chapel” (1938) to “The Ring of Bastet” (1951), as well as an introduction by George Vanderburgh and Robert Weinberg and a foreword by Stephen Jones.

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