Labor Day Fish Fry (You're Invited)

Here are some of the fish that didn't get away this summer!


The Sphinx Mystery: The Forgotten Origins of the Sanctuary of Anubis
By Robert Temple
(I will be writing my own review of this book. Like other reviewers I also reject the conclusion that the Sphinx ever had a dog’s head, however there is much in Temple’s new book that deserves study.)

When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam’s Greatest Dynasty
By Hugh Kennedy
(The book provides the necessary background for understanding how Constantinople regained control over the Islamic world.)

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
By Tamim Ansey

The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
By Tom Holland
(The Year 1000 revisited.)

Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilizations Greatest Minds
By Joel Kraemer
(This book details the political life of a leading “Jewish (and on occasion Muslim!) courtier”. It does buy in to the current notion of Medieval Spain having been an ideal society.)

Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520 -1536
By James Reston, Jr.
(I bought this book but haven’t started reading yet.)

The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe (Hardcover)
by Andrew Wheatcroft
(Haven’t bought this one. It relates to a later period than the above title but looks good.)

The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome
By Christopher Kelly
(Brand new study of Attila although not a significant advancement over Mann’s book, which the author ignores as non-scholarly.)

Jerusalem’s Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea
By Desmond Steward
(This is a high-level overview of Josephus’ writings and often contradicts itself in opinion. Will likely become a resource for superficial Christian education.)

So Long as Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
By Clinton Heylin
(Fascinating discussion of the Tudor/Stewart London publishing business. The author over-reaches in a comparison with the modern record industry. England was a totalitarian state and the sonnets were obviously published because King James wanted them to be published due to their homo-erotic content.)


“Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer”
(Excellent program. Concludes that Ptolemy princess Arsinoe, sister of the famous Cleopatra, had a skull similar to the “ancient Egyptians”, i.e., the native Egyptian pharaohs that preceded the Ptolemies!)

“Clash of the Gods”
(Exquisite vignettes of Greek Myth)

Also see this new Greek Mythology site featured by The Daily Grail:

“Tsunami from Outer Space”
(Could this be the Meteorite strike(s) that, according to Gavin Menzies author of 1421 and 1434, caused China to abandon its sea exploration and colonization?)

“Strait through the Ice”
(Evidence that global warming in the Viking Age revealed the “North-West” passage, and that its existence was known and desperately sought during the European struggle to colonize the New World after Columbus.)


“The Limits of Control”,0,5640766.story
(This is a fabulous “political conspiracy” movie. I plan to write a review.)

“Jesus in India”


David Rohl announces his retirement from Archaeology. But the band is getting back together:

“Tutankhamun’s Headrests - Jan Summers Duffy describes the unique set of headrests discovered in Tutankhamun’s Tomb, some of which he may have used in life.”

Shakespeare Authorship Debate:

Search for the tomb of Genghis Khan:

Andrew Collins explores the Giza Netherworld

Göbekli Tepe, 9000 BC

Aztec Tomb in Mexico City

Tut’s Mommy

Dali Lama Interrupted

New Dawkins book, “The Greatest Show on Earth”

“Militant Atheists” (or, Is it o.k. for Atheists to Care?),0,3325228.story?track=rss
(Featured at The Daily Grail (6/26/09) “Unreasonable Reason”)