Books by Arthur Houghton

Something to Die For

When an ancient Babylonian artifact with an unintelligible inscription is decrypted, it reveals the first words of Genesis, upending the view that the earliest verse of the Bible was created by the hand of God and igniting a chase across three continents by killers intent on ensuring that anyone who has handled it dies. Something to Die For unfolds in Los Angeles, moves to a dealer in Jerusalem, a religious zealot in Israel, a tent preacher in Alabama, a gallery of ancient art in London, returns to Los Angeles and culminates with a return to Jerusalem.

Standing Still is Not an Option: A Memoir

The author is a former Foreign Service officer who was intimately involved with US policymaking toward the Middle East; a museum curator who associated with saints and criminals; the founder of a company that created links between businesses in the United States and those in the Arab World; and a writer of thriller novels. Standing Still is Not an Option recalls the details of his extraordinary life.

Dark Athena

When a spectacular marble statue of Athena appears at the West Coast Gabriel Museum, curator Jason Connor doesn’t know his investigation of its provenance will take him into the darkest corners of the art world to unravel a dangerous conspiracy that will take him closer to home than he could have imagined. Jason urgently needs to learn the truth about the Athena. But his relentless pursuit risks everything he values. Will it even cost him his life?

Seleucid Coins, Part 1

Houghton, Arthur A., and Catherine C. Lorber. Seleucid Coins: A Comprehensive Catalogue. Part I: Seleucus I through Antiochus III, 2 vols. 2002. Hardbound. 788 pp., 97 pl., illustrating over 1200 coins. (GR) (GR186).

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Seleucid Coins, Part 2

Houghton, Arthur,Catherine C. Lorber, and Oliver D. Hoover.
Seleucid Coins: A Comprehensive Catalogue. Part 2: Seleucus IV through Antiochus XIII, 2 vols.
New York and Lancaster, PA, 2008.
Hardbound with dust jacket.
Volume 1 contains xlvii + 701 pp.; Volume 2 contains 536 pages, 119 plates, maps, appendices, concordances, and indices. (GR321)

The Arnold Spaer Collection of Seleucid Coins

Houghton, Arthur, Arnold Spaer, and Catherine Lorber. Israel I: The Arnold Spaer Collection of Seleucid Coins.
(Jerusalem, 1998).
389 pages with 189 plates with text opposite, describing and illustrating 2919 Seleucid coins.
Hardbound with dust jacket. A good supplementary reference, particularly rich in Seleucid bronze issues from Syrian, Levantine, and Palestinian mints.

Now out-of-print

Studies in Honor of Leo Mildenberg (editor)

Houghton, Arthur, Silvia Hurter, Patricia Erhart Mottahedeh and Jane Ayer Scott, eds. Festschrift fur / Studies in Honor of Leo Mildenberg. Wetteren: Editions NR, 1984. xviii, 297 pp., 43 ppl. Green cloth.