David Frye

David Frye received his PhD from Duke University and currently teaches ancient and medieval history at Eastern Connecticut State University. The author of Walls, he has participated in several international archeological digs and has contributed to Military History, MHQ, Archeological Odyssey, and McSweeney’s.

Books by this Author

Historian David Frye presents a bold new thesis on how “civilization” happens—the epic story of history’s greatest manmade barriers, from ancient times through the medieval era and into the present.

At the dawn of humanity’s ascent, there was only bloody conflict: nomadic tribes slashing at each other, each man bred to a life of struggle and pillage. But then came the invention of the wall, dividing populations into two opposing groups. On one side were those who gained enough of a respite...