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Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects — from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative - yet always balanced - discussions of the central issues in a given topic. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. Whatever the area of study, whatever the topic that fascinates the reader, the series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

"The Very Short Introductions range from worth reading to wonderfully appealing... Much of the pleasure to be found in them is the bedrock one of good nonfiction: facts... They appeal to us because the world is vast and strange, because everywhere we look, from the firefly flashing in the darkness to Auden's elegy for Yeats, there is something to provoke our curiosity, some sliver of existence that we want to understand." - New Yorker Magazine

"I have a pile of the Short Introductions and they are uniformly excellent: an ideal way to dip your toe in a topic and, being relatively cheap, allow you to decide whether invest in more expensive tomes. They're well written by leaders in their area, thought-provoking and insightful." - Mark Greener, Fortean Times

"I absolutely LOVE the VSI series. It's just so well produced - excellent writing and interesting topics. Just a superb overall series to dive into." - Grrl Scientist, The Guardian

"I love the Very Short Introduction Series as should everyone who is interested in the history of ideas. They manage to straddle that difficult line between making the complex accessible without ever compromising on quality. The sheer range of subjects covered make the series an invaluable asset for anyone trying to understand the development of human thought. They are a must-go-to gateway for those of us keen to know more but needing a steer as to where to start." - Claire Fox, Director, Institute of Ideas

"The Oxford University Press VSI series... is to non-fiction what Penguin Books have always been for literature. - Jim Cullen, History News Network"

"Expert, concise but far from bland, Oxford's Very Short Introductions series must rank by now as a thinking reader's Wikipedia" - Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

"Great price, beautifully designed and produced, authoritative content and inviting subjects covered - if only all publishing hit these heights." - The Bookseller

"a fascinating series of 'all you need to know' introductions by experts to complex topics." - The Times

"The Very Short Introductions are fantastically informative books..." - Big Issue in the North

"I am addicted to this series of pocket-portable introductory lectures." - Guardian Review

"These Very Short Introductions have a style and integrity all of their own." - Scotsman

"A thoroughly good idea. Snappy, small format ... stylish design ... perfect to pop in your pocket for spare moments" - Lisa Jardine, The Times

"A series of instantly accessible handbooks that neither shame our ignorance nor frighten us with their erudition. All are to be applauded." - Oxford Times

"If theres anything you ever wanted to know more about ... grab yourself one of these little beauties." - Sarky Cutt, Greenwich University

"These perfect books form a solid grounding in various subjects, stretching from the Bible and the Koran, to Social and Cultural Anthropology ... interesting, informative and concise, they combine to make a beautiful set. They will broaden your studies, widen your knowledge and maybe give you a chance of winning those pub quizzes once in a while!" - The Beaver, LSE

"Would make a useful addition to any bookshelf, and their size makes them ideal for carrying around" - Humanist Philosophers Group

"Attractively packaged and, very importantly these days ... attractively priced. They are the sort of books that can be read in a couple of evenings but repay further study." - The Philosophers Review

"Always invigorating" - Independent on Sunday

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Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction

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Ian Shaw

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22 July 2004
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Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Paul Cartledge

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27 October 2011
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Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Julia Annas

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12 October 2000
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Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Harry Sidebottom

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25 November 2004
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Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Mark Chapman

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22 June 2006
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Aristotle: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Jonathan Barnes

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Paperback
12 October 2000
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Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Trevor Bryce

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22 September 2016
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Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

William Allan

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27 March 2014
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Classical Mythology: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Helen Morales

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Paperback
23 August 2007
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Classics: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Mary Beard, John Henderson

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24 February 2000
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Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Geraldine Pinch

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Paperback
22 April 2004
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Hieroglyphs: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Penelope Wilson

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Paperback
12 August 2004
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Homer: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Barbara Graziosi

9780199589944
Paperback
28 March 2019
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Myth: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

Robert Segal

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Paperback
23 July 2015
Very Short Introductions

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Ovid: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Llewelyn Morgan

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Paperback
24 September 2020
Very Short Introductions

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Presocratic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Catherine Osborne

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Paperback
22 April 2004
Very Short Introductions

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Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Richard Toye

9780199651368
Paperback
28 March 2013
Very Short Introductions

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Socrates: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

£8.99

C.C.W. Taylor

9780198835981
Paperback
22 August 2019
Very Short Introductions

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The Hellenistic Age: A Very Short Introduction

£7.99

Peter Thonemann

9780198746041
Paperback
22 February 2018
Very Short Introductions

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The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction

£8.99

Christopher Kelly

9780192803917
Paperback
24 August 2006
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