The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World

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Edited by J. W. Roberts

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 880 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 52mm | 1,429g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0192801457
  • ISBN 13: 9780192801456
  • Illustrations note: 5 maps
  • Sales rank: 1,264,437

Product description

Authoritative, wide-ranging, and unrivalled in its accessibility, "The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World" is a concise and lucid survey of life in ancient Greece and Rome, spanning 776 BC - AD 180, from the first Olympic games to the death of Marcus Aurelius. An approachable, user-friendly abridgement of the highly acclaimed "Oxford Classical Dictionary", this book offers over 2,500 A-Z entries on aspects of life in the classical world, from politics, medicine, philosophy, art, and architecture, to history, myth and religion, mathematics, and literature, with biographical entries on the important individuals - both real and mythological - of the period. Appendices include a clear and comprehensive account of money and its value in the classical world; a chronology of events across Greece and the east and Rome and the west; maps; and a two-way quick-reference gazetteer. This invaluable resource for students and teachers of classics and classical civilization is affordable and quick and easy to use, as well as being a fascinating guide for anyone interested in learning more about the foundations of Western culture.

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Author information

J. W. Roberts is the former Head of Classics at Eton College. He is the author of City of Sokrates (Routledge, 1998), a founder member of the JACT Ancient History Committee, and General Editor of the LACTOR series of translated sources for Greek and Roman history.

Review quote

"This perfect gem of a book...provides a fascinating glimpse into the Greekand Roman classical world."--Choice"This invaluable guide is an expert abridgment of the acclaimed Oxford Classical Dictionary. This version, more readable in style and font, retains the core information and fascination of the parent volume at half its bulk.... An outstanding reference volume."--School Library Journal

Table of contents

PREFACE; NOTE TO THE READER; ABBREVIATIONS; THE OXFORD DICTIONARY OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD; PURCHASING POWER; CHRONOLOGY; MAPS; TWO-WAY GAZETTEER OF CLASSICAL AND MODERN NAMES