A Companion to Ancient History

A Companion to Ancient History

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To produce a companion to ancient history is obviously a monumental task, and comprehensiveness an almost impossible goal, but there are nonetheless an impressively wide range of approaches, key topics and concepts covered in this volume. It is comprised of short essays, each by a specialist in the particular field, which, rather than serve as a nuts and bolts style introduction, instead intend to get the reader thinking, presenting key arguments from current research. As well as broad overviews by period and geographical area, chapters address such topics as environmental history, the family, death, finance and resources and citizenship to pick but a few.

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  • Hardback | 693 pages
  • 174 x 248 x 50mm | 1,437.88g
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b/w illus
  • 1405131500
  • 9781405131506
  • 1,297,728

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The quality of the presentation is high; maps, a timeline, and indices are provided and will be of help to new students of the discipline. (Bryn Mawr Classical Review, April 2010)

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This "Companion" provides a comprehensive introduction to key topics in the study of ancient history. Comprising more than 40 essays by leading international scholars, this volume moves beyond a conventional focus on Greece and Rome and provides coverage of the many cultures within the ancient Mediterranean. Examining a diverse range of material, from ancient texts and archaeology to contemporary research on gender and sexuality, the "Companion" explores the problems, approaches, and major themes in the study of ancient history. An essential resource for any student of ancient history, this authoritative overview reflects the most recent and exciting scholarship in the field.

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About Andrew Erskine

Andrew Erskine is head of Classics at University of Edinburgh. He has held an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the University of Munich. His publications include A Companion to the Hellenistic World (Blackwell, 2003), Troy between Greece and Rome: Local Tradition and Imperial Power (2001), and The Hellenistic Stoa: Political Thought and Action (1990).

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