Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization

Cities of the Classical World: An Atlas and Gazetteer of 120 Centres of Ancient Civilization


By (author) Colin McEvedy


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  • Publisher: ALLEN LANE
  • Format: Hardback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 240mm x 40mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 26 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846144272
  • ISBN 13: 9781846144271
  • Illustrations note: 120 integrated maps
  • Sales rank: 126,348

Product description

From Alexandria to York, this unique illustrated guide allows us to see the great centres of classical civilization afresh. The key feature of "Cities of the Classical World" is 120 specially drawn maps tracing each city's thoroughfares and defences, monuments and places of worship. Every map is to the same scale, allowing readers for the first time to appreciate visually the relative sizes of Babylon and Paris, London and Constantinople. There is also a clear, incisive commentary on each city's development, strategic importance, rulers and ordinary inhabitants. This compelling and elegant atlas opens a new window on to the ancient world, and will transform the way we see it.

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Author information

Colin McEvedy (1930-2005) was a psychiatrist, historian and demographer. His many books included the Penguin atlases of Ancient History, Medieval History and Modern History, African History, North American History, the Pacific, The Atlas of World Population History (written with Richard Jones) and The Atlas of World History (written with Sarah McEvedy).

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Colin McEvedy was a polymath. If you wanted to know something, Google had failed you and the British Library seemed too far away, the obvious move was to ask McEvedy Independent What distinguishes his atlas histories is a talent for compressing vast amounts of information ... The research is meticulous; the style is witty and breezily undeferential The Times A beautifully produced and completely wacky testimony to the life and scholarship of a passionate private historian The Times Higher Education Supplement By all accounts a remarkable man ... McEvedy Senior died in 2005 but left behind this banquet of a book ... Whether in York or Alexandria, Cordoba or Rhodes, Tripoli or Cirencester, Cities of the Classical World supplies a brisk, learned but often engagingly quirky essay alongside one of McEvedy's imagination-stretching maps. In the buzzing hubs of ancient commerce and culture or the loneliest border settlements, McEvedy will tell you who lived there, in what numbers, and their fate over the centuries ... As well as laying bare the ancient townscapes buried under today's urban bustle, McEvedy guides us with crisp expertise around ancient destinations that still convey their grandeur above ground, such as Pompeii, Ephesus, Jerusalem or Rome itself -- Boyd Tonkin Independent [Will] delight any historian ... a superb gazetteer of 120 centres of ancient civilisation from Alexandria to York ... full of terrific nuggets Telegraph Gift Books of the Year