The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine

The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine

Hardback Penguin History of Europe (Viking)

By (author) University Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow Simon Price, By (author) Tutor in Ancient History Peter Thonemann

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  • Publisher: Viking Books
  • Format: Hardback | 397 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 231mm x 43mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 17 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0670022470
  • ISBN 13: 9780670022472
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps, figures, charts
  • Sales rank: 814,842

Product description

An innovative and intriguing look at the foundations of Western civilization from two leading historians. The influence of ancient Greece and Rome can be seen in every aspect of our lives. From calendars to democracy to the very languages we speak, Western civilization owes a debt to these classical societies. Yet the Greeks and Romans did not emerge fully formed; their culture grew from an active engagement with a deeper past, drawing on ancient myths and figures to shape vibrant civilizations. In "The Birth of Classical Europe," the latest entry in the Penguin History of Europe, historians Simon Price and Peter Thonemann present a fresh perspective on classical culture in a book full of revelations about civilizations we thought we knew. In this impeccably researched and immensely readable history we see the ancient world unfold before us, with its grand cast of characters stretching from the great Greeks of myth to the world-shaping Caesars. A landmark achievement, "The Birth of Classical Europe" provides insight into an epoch that is both incredibly foreign and surprisingly familiar.

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