The Oxford History of the Classical World

The Oxford History of the Classical World


Edited by John Boardman, Edited by Jasper Griffin, Edited by Oswyn Murray

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 892 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 246mm x 53mm | 2,041g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1986
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198721129
  • ISBN 13: 9780198721123
  • Illustrations note: 16 colour plates, 250 halftones, 12 maps

Product description

This superbly illustrated book is divided into three main sections. The first, Greece , runs from the eighth to the fourth centuries BC, a period unparalleled in history for its brilliance in literature, philosophy, and the visual arts. The second, Greece and Rome , deals with the Hellenization of the Middle East by the monarchies established in the area conquered by Alexander the Great, the growth of Rome, and the impact of the two cultures on one another. The third, Rome , covers the foundation of the Roman Empire by Augustus and its consolidation in the first two centuries AD. An envoi discusses some aspects of the later Empire and its influence on western civilization, not least through the adoption of Christianity.

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Editorial reviews

This is a superb, beautifully written and illustrated overview of the classical world, originally published in 1986. Divided into three main sections (Greece; Greece and Rome; and Rome), it ranges in time from the 8th century BC to the 5th century AD, from the poems of Homer to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. In a series of readable and enlightening essays, 30 distinguished contributors survey the political and social history as well as the literature, philosophy, and visual arts, from Greek poetry to Roman interior decoration. There are also maps, chronological tables of events, 16 pages of colour plates, and over 250 well chosen black-and-white illustrations. This is undoubtedly the best general introduction to the historical and cultural background of the ancient world, rewarding for sustained reading or endless dipping, and completely accessible to the non-specialist. (Kirkus UK)