The Encyclopedia of Ancient History

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History


Edited by Roger S. Bagnall, Edited by Kai Brodersen, Edited by Craige B. Champion, Edited by Andrew Erskine, Edited by Sabine R. Huebner

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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Hardback | 7768 pages
  • Dimensions: 310mm x 415mm x 216mm | 13,960g
  • Publication date: 3 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 140517935X
  • ISBN 13: 9781405179355
  • Edition statement: New.

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Awarded Honorable Mention for the 2013 Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference publications given by the The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association Unmatched in scholarship and diversity, The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is the definitive reference work for the study of the ancient world, available both in print and online. This ambitious 13-volume reference work, presented in A-Z format: * Includes over 5000 entries ranging from 250-5000 words * Is written and edited by an internationally diverse team of editors and contributors * Provides clear, concise, definitions and explanations of the key people, places, and events in ancient history * Spans the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE * Covers the entire ancient Mediterranean world including the Near East and Egypt * Is extensively illustrated with hundreds of photographs, figures, and maps In addition, the online version available at offers: * Regular revisions and new entries * 24/7 access to the most authoritative and up-to-date scholarship in the study of the ancient world * An easy-to-use interface, intuitive navigation, and powerful searching and browsing capabilities * Full text HTML content or downloadable PDFs * Reference linking and options to export to reference managers * Content sharing through Facebook, Twitter, CiteULike and other social networking sites

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Author information

Roger S. Bagnall is Professor of Ancient History andDirector of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NewYork University. Before joining the NYU faculty in 2007, he was JayProfessor of Greek and Latin and Professor of History at ColumbiaUniversity, where he had taught for 33 years. During that time heserved as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences andChair of the Department of Classics. He specializes in the socialand economic history of Hellenistic, Roman and Late Antique Egypt.Among his best-known works are Egypt in Late Antiquity(1993), The Demography of Roman Egypt (1994; with BruceFrier), and Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History (1995). Kai Brodersen is chair of Ancient History at theUniversity of Mannheim and president-elect of the University ofErfurt in Germany. He has worked on Greek and Roman historiographyand geography, inscriptions, oracles and wonder-texts, on economichistory, and on the reception of the classical world. Craige B. Champion received his graduate training inClassics and Ancient History at Princeton University. He isAssociate Professor of Ancient History and Classics in the MaxwellSchool of Citizenship and Public Affairs and former Chair of theHistory Department at Syracuse University. He has published widelyon ancient Greek and Roman history and historiography. He is theauthor of Cultural Politics in Polybius s Histories(2004) and editor of Roman Imperialism: Readings and Sources(Blackwell, 2004). Andrew Erskine studied for his undergraduate degree anddoctorate at New College Oxford. He has subsequently worked in theuniversities of Birmingham, Swansea, and University College Dublin.In 1997-98 he held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at theUniversity of Munich. He held the chair of Classics at the NationalUniversity of Ireland Galway until his arrival at the University ofEdinburgh in January 2005. He is currently head of Classics. Sabine R. Huebner is Privatdozentin of Ancient History atFreie Universitat Berlin. She has published on the social andreligious history of the Roman and later Roman East, onbrother-sister marriage in Roman Egypt, old age in ClassicalGreece, Greek epigraphy, and papyrology. Her work include amonograph, Der Klerus in der Gesellschaft des spatantikenKleinasiens (2005), a co-edited volume, Growing upFatherless in Antiquity (2008), and a forthcoming study onIntergenerational Equity and Family Strategies in theHellenistic and Roman East (2009).

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Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-levelundergraduates through faculty/researchers; generalreaders. (Choice, 1 October 2013) The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is truly amonumental achievement that supplants any and all predecessors.Make no mistake about it; this is an academic work written with anacademic audience in mind, placing it outside the collections ofmost public libraries and high-school media centers. But for anycollege-level collection supporting ancient-history programs, thisexcellent set is a must-have. (Booklist, 22March 2013)"The Encyclopedia of Ancient History is a welcome addition to ourreference collection for Classics in Oxford. The online version isespecially useful due to its searching and browsing capabilities,and I think the entire resource will benefit students of AncientHistory and related subjects at all levels. As a librarian, I lookforward to introducing our readers to The Encyclopedia of AncientHistory and will include it in my list of essential reference worksfor new students in the future." - Charlotte Goodall, OxfordUniversity Bodleian Library "Written by an international team of well-respected scholars,The Encyclopedia of Ancient History takes the inclusion of allMediterranean cultures seriously and devotes full attention tooften disregarded areas and topic of ancient history. It isheartening to see that the regions of Egypt and the Ancient NearEast are given complete coverage as well as periods like the LateBronze Age and late Antiquity." - Marc Van De Mieroop, ColumbiaUniversity "A distinguished range of international experts has contributedto Wiley-Blackwell's expansive new Encyclopedia of Ancient History.The modern undergraduate now has access, in libraries and atcomputers, to a dictionary of antiquity written in astraightforward and relaxed style that avoids the obscurantistover-compression of some of its rivals." - Daniel Ogden, Universityof Exeter

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"The Encyclopedia of Ancient History" is the definitive print and electronic resource for the study of the history of the ancient world. Arranged in A-Z format and featuring over 5,000 entries ranging from 250 to 5,000 words, this ambitious 13-volume reference work covers the entire Mediterranean world - including the Near East and Egypt - and spans the late Bronze Age through the seventh century ce. The text is enhanced by hundreds of photographs, figures, and maps. Written and edited by an internationally diverse team of editors and contributors, "The Encyclopedia of Ancient History" offers readers at all levels an invaluable research tool, unrivalled in scope and scholarship. Online edition available on Wiley Online Library at

Table of contents

Thematic list of entries. List of contributors. Preface. List of abbreviations. Maps. Entries in alphabetical order. Index.