The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization

The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization

Edited by Simon Hornblower , Edited by Antony Spawforth

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For more than 2000 years the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome have captivated our collective imagination and provided inspiration for every age. This text provides an up-to-date and authoritative survey of the Greek and Roman worlds in all their aspects. Drawing on the latest edition of the "Oxford Classical Dictionary", this illustrated "Oxford Companion" offers access to knowledge of classical civilization, which should make it a useful guide for general readers interested in learning more about the very bedrock of Western culture. The text covers: history and politics - the events, achievements, and personalities of 2500 years of history of Greece and Rome and their immediate neighbours, as well as the underlying issues from democracy to propaganda, famine and finance, Hellenization and mercenaries, population, and slavery; ethics and morals, law and punishment - individual philosophers and their schools, and ethical issues, such as corruption, prison and torture; social and family life; language, literature, art and scholarship; religion and mythology.

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  • Hardback | 795 pages
  • 199.9 x 254.5 x 47mm | 2,279.22g
  • 04 Feb 1999
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • English
  • b/w illus, maps
  • 0198601654
  • 9780198601654

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Dr Simon Hornblower is Senior Lecturer in Greek, Latin, and Ancient History at University College London. He is Co-Director, with M. H. Hansen, of the Copenhagen Polis Centre. Dr Antony Spawforth is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Greek Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he is also Curator of the Shefton Museum. He is also a well-known presenter of television programmes on archaeological and classical subjects in the continuing BBC series Ancient Voices'.

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A major addition to classical studies; 300 scholars have contributed to this superb reference book. The entries are arranged alphabetically, but there is a thematic index too. Important essays are highlighted, and there are regular illustrations. As well as factual entries on historical figures and aspects of classical life, 20th-century approaches are covered. For example, after 'literary criticism in antiquity' comes 'literary theory and classical studies', with a succinct explanation of structuralism and post-modernism. A beautiful and magisterial encyclopedia which will be indispensable for students of the ancient world and rich browsing for the general reader too. (Kirkus UK)

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