The Oxford history of the classical world

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Oxford University Press, Jul 17, 1986 - History - 882 pages
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The history, achievements, and enduring legacies of Greek and Roman antiquity come to life in the pages of this comprehensive and beautifully illustrated volume.

Following a format similar to that of The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, the book brings together the work of thirty outstanding authorities and organizes their contributions into three main sections. The first section covers Greece from the eighth to the fourth centuries B.C., a period unparalleled in history for its brilliance in literature, philosophy, and the visual arts. The second section deals with the Hellinization of the Middle East by the monarchies established in the areas conquered by Alexander the Great, the growth of Rome, and the impact of the two cultures on one another. The third section covers the foundation of the Roman Empire by Augustus and its consolidation in the first two centuries A.D. A short concluding essay discusses certain aspects of the later Empire and its influence on Western civilization, notably through the adoption of Christianity.

Within each section, chapters dealing with political and social history alternate with chapters on literature, philosophy, and the arts. Maps and chronological charts--not to mention more than 250 illustrations, including sixteen in color--enrich the basic text, along with bibliographies and a full index.

About the Editors:

John Boardman is Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Jasper Griffin and Oswyn Murray are both Fellows Balliol College, Oxford.

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Review: The Oxford History of the Classical World

User Review  - Shannon Wright - Goodreads

It's not terribly informative, and there are some pretty withering bits on philosophy. It's apparently impossible to produce a solid book for those allergic to historical sources (this is actually the ... Read full review

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A pretty good history book. Read full review

Contents

THE HISTORY OF THE ARCHAIC PERIOD
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HOMER
77
Heracles leads Cerberus
86
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About the Editor:
John Boardman is Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaelogy and Art at Oxford University, and editor of the acclaimed Oxford History of The Classical World, which The New York Times Book Review called "the finest one-volume survey available."

Jasper Griffin is professor of Classical Literature in the University of Oxford and Fellow of Balliol College.

Murray is a fellow and tutor in Ancient History.

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