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Excerpts from 5 Star Reviews:
"[P]henomenal, a historical book that transports readers back to ancient times . . . ." -R. Dezmo for Readers' Favorite
"Don't miss this book . . . be transported back in time . . . and experience what someone else did thousands, of years before . . . ." - JS on Amazon.com
"[C]hronicles the rise and fall of the leaders in the ancient world who used coinage . . . to promote their power and glory. Surprisingly lively and thoroughly enjoyable" - Robert G. Cross on Amazon.com
"Absolutely fascinating . . . [t]he coins told everyone, far and wide, WHO was in charge . . . Must reading." - JR on Amazon.com
"[F]ull of interesting historical facts and delightful stories . . . I couldn’t put it down." - Anonymous Amazon.com customer
"[B]rilliant and masterfully executed . . . . [It] will change the way we see and appreciate history. . . . Get ready for a ride . . . ." -R. Dezmo for Readers' Favorite
The full reviews: A Delightful Ride | 5 out of 5 stars By Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite on June 27, 2017
Ancient Selfies: History Revealed Through the World's First Social Media - Ancient Coins by Clinton Richardson is phenomenal, a historical book that transports readers back to ancient times and ancient places, and introduces them to ancient heroes through the art of the selfie preserved in ancient coins. Hand stamped coins with carefully selected images of key and prominent personalities of ancient times had tremendous effect and power over their subjects, and played an important role in barter when they met with commercial partners. The images, carefully and masterfully crafted on coins, became symbolic of the way these personalities were seen by their subjects and business partners — or, at least, the way they wanted to be seen. You will encounter prominent figures from different civilizations; the Persian, the Greek, the Celt, the Carthaginian, and the Phoenician.
Clinton Richardson has done a marvelous job in researching and writing this book, introducing readers to a concept that has been used more than 2000 years ago, and allowing them to see the side of historic heroes that they are hardly aware of. The idea behind this book is brilliant and it is masterfully executed. Ancient Selfies: History Revealed Through the World's First Social Media - Ancient Coins will change the way we see and appreciate history and some of the heroes who have played a great role in shaping it. Get ready for a ride with the author as he takes you through the art of ancient selfies, unveiling hidden secrets about the men and women we revere as icons of ancient history and civilization: Hannibal, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Homer, Julius Caesar, Spartacus, Cicero, Brutus, Cleopatra, and Marc Antony. This book opens a new path into the appreciation of ancient coins; it is interesting, intriguing, and utterly entertaining. It will be a long and delightful ride many years back in time. See the full review here!
A treasure of a book | 5 out of 5 stars By JS in Atlanta on March 19, 2017 | Kindle Edition| Verified Purchase "Ancient Selfies". Don't miss this book. Then, share it with others. Enjoy it on many levels.
Cultural trends? Who knew that "selfies", a phenomenon attributed to today's social media, has a long tail that extends back thousands of years?
Art history? Experience the magnificence of these ancient coins, captured by color prints worthy of close study.
Historical biographies? Read two-page vignettes of historical and accurate accounts of the leaders depicted on the coins. Be forewarned, however, that the text is sometimes daunting in its serous tone and the scope of information and detail conveyed so efficiently.
A collector? Appreciate that these ancient coins are from the author's own collection. To hold an ancient coin in your hand is to be transported back in time for a moment and experience what someone else did many hundreds, or even thousands, of years before you. In that moment you touch and feel their reality, their history.
Young or not-so-young, you as a reader and owner of the book will enjoy keeping "Ancient Selfies" by your side to share with family and friends to spark serious and not so serious conversations.
Tremendous Book | 5 out of 5 stars By Robert G. Cross on March 14, 2017 | Paperback| Verified Purchase
In Ancient Selfies, Clinton Richardson chronicles the rise and fall of the leaders in the ancient world who used coinage, not just as a means for financial exchange, but as a way to promote their power and glory. The book is far more than a coin book or a dry book of historic narcissism. The coins are described with an energetic narrative which transports the reader to live through the intrigue, scheming, assassination, torture & incest which invariably accompanied shifts in power.
Through the ancient coins, Richardson brings depth and color even to the well-known stories of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. The coins give contemporary insight into the struggle for power—showing a coin minted by Cleopatra while exiled in Cyprus then as Queen after enticing Julius Caesar to help her retake her throne. Julius Caesar’s coin inscribed with DICT PERPETVO (dictator for life) may have inspired Brutus and the other “liberators” to abbreviate his reign.
This is a tremendous book. Surprisingly lively and thoroughly enjoyable. I would recommend it to anyone.
Must reading for History Buffs and Kids who need to know who invented the Selfie | 5 out of 5 stars By JR on April 5, 2017 | Kindle Edition/ Book Reviewer
This is a great read for history buffs and non-historians alike. The stories of intrigue 2500 years ago put today's political drama to shame. This is where it all began. Absolutely fascinating to learn about these historic figures and how they were memorialized on the front of their coins. The coins told everyone, far and wide, WHO was in charge. This is a delightful book! Must reading.
Mesmerizing! Informative, delightful, fascinating, thought provoking. . . and fun!! | 5 out of 5 stars By Amazon Customer on April 6, 2017 | Kindle Edition/ Amazon Customer
Clint Richardson has an impressive extensive knowledge of ancient history and ancient coins, and in this book, through his eloquent writing, you get to peek through a window into the lives of the powerful and beautiful during these ancient times… the beauty of the coins and the history and stories behind them are fascinating… the coins themselves tell a story…. the romance between Marc Antony and Cleopatra… the intrigue and rivalry between the Greeks and Romans… exquisite art and literature… gods and goddesses… Greek philosophers… this book is mesmerizing and full of interesting historical facts and delightful stories … I couldn’t put it down… this book will make you wish you lived among them....