Books by Philip Freeman

Philip Freeman is a professor of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his Ph.D. in Classical Philology and Celtic Studies from Harvard University. He lives with his family in Clayton, Missouri.


SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"'I long for and seek after,' one fragment reads, serving well as an epigraph for this evocative book about a mysterious ancient literary figure."
From fragmentary sources, a classicist reconstructs the life and times of the poet Plato called the 10th Muse. Read full book review >
SACRIFICE by Philip Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Despite Freeman's earnest enthusiasm for his subject, this sequel to St. Brigid's Bones (2014) works marginally better as a mystery than as a historical novel."
It's druids versus Christians in a series of ritual murders that rend sixth-century Ireland. Read full book review >
HEROES OF OLYMPUS by Philip Freeman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"An opening promise of 'beauty and magic and disturbing twists' goes unfulfilled in this monotonous parade of ancient names and detached barbarism. Illustrations not seen. (Mythology. 12-16)"
A numbing catalog of "Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals" from Greek and Roman mythology, condescendingly "adapted" for younger audiences from a juicier version for adults. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A collection of classical stories that could provide source material for a series of vivid graphic-literature adaptations."
Capsule bios of classic gods and heroes, with lots of detail but little poetry. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER THE GREAT by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A worthy addition to the seemingly endless flood of books on Alexander, including, recently, Paul Cartledge's literate Alexander the Great (2004) and Norman F. Cantor's opinionated Alexander the Great (2005)."
Historian Freeman (Classics/Luther Coll.; Julius Caesar, 2008, etc.) presents an accessible biography of the young Macedonian king. Read full book review >
JULIUS CAESAR by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"Scholarly and contextually rich, yet accessible and reasonably succinct."
A fresh look at one of history's most dynamic and controversial figures. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A brisk and illuminating overview of how Celts impacted their world and ours."
Recreating a vanished Celtic society through the eyes of a scholar traveling in the first century B.C. Read full book review >
ST. PATRICK OF IRELAND by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"A solid grounding to the saint's life that provides the footing necessary to explore more speculative works like, for example, E.A. Thompson's Who Was Saint Patrick? (1986)."
Freeman (Classics/Washington Univ.) sticks close to authenticated sources in this quick and rangy popular biography, which serves up a taste of life and times in Ireland and late-Roman Britain during the fifth century. Read full book review >