Long Format

The Greco-Persian Wars: A Short History with Documents (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, March 2021)

Cover of "The Greco-Persian Wars" by Erik Jensen, showing a colored tile frieze of Persian soldiers.

Hackett’s Passages: Key Moments in History series titles include original-source documents in accessible editions, indented for the student-user or general audience. This edition, The Greco-Persian Wars, taps our knowledge of the Persian Empire and its interactions with the Greek world. The sources examined were created in different times and places, for different purposes, and with different intended audiences. Using these sources effectively requires recognizing their distinct characteristics. A general introduction about the Greco-Persian wars is included to provide historical background and an overview of the information contained in the original-source documents. Also included are a glossary of terms, a chronology, insightful headnotes to each document, and an index. 

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Barbarians in the Greek and Roman World (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, September 2018)

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What did the ancient Greeks and Romans think of the peoples they referred to as barbari? Did they share the modern Western conception—popularized in modern fantasy literature and role-playing games—of “barbarians” as brutish, unwashed enemies of civilization? Or our related notion of “the noble savage?” Was the category fixed or fluid? How did it contrast with the Greeks and Romans’ conception of their own cultural identity? Was it based on race?

In accessible, jargon-free prose, Erik Jensen addresses these and other questions through a copiously illustrated introduction to the varied and evolving ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans engaged with, and thought about, foreign peoples—and to the recent historical and archaeological scholarship that has overturned received understandings of the relationship of Classical civilization to its “others.”

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Short Format

“’Hippokleides Doesn’t Care’: Herodotus on Talking Back to Tyrants,” New England Classical Journal 41.1 (November, 2014)

“Friendly Barbarians: What a Pair of Silver Cups in Denmark Tells Us About Roman Diplomacy.” Sextant: The Journal of Salem State University 22.1 (Fall 2014): 8-17. (Available via Issuu.)

“The Road to Peace: Horace’s fifth Satire as travel literature,”World History Connected 10.1 (February 2013). (Available online.)