These books introduce students to the broad areas of study within classics and ancient history. At a time when many students may come to a subject with minimal background information, perhaps as part of a modular course, the books offer a guide to the heart of the chosen topic. The authors, all of whom take an individual approach to their subject:
* demonstrate the importance and interest of the subject
* offer a map of the terrain and its boundaries
* develop case studies in how to understand it
* provide bibliographic and other guidance for students wishing to delve more deeply.