Panorama of Classical World

Panorama of Classical World


By (author) Lecturer in Classics Nigel Spivey, By (author) Lecturer in Classical Greek Art Michael Squire


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  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 274mm x 28mm | 1,724g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 1606060562
  • ISBN 13: 9781606060568
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,942,264

Product description

This imaginative approach to the era in which Western civilization was born is a thorough--and thoroughly accessible--synthesis of the Greek, Roman, and Etruscan worlds, spanning the period from Late Geometric Greece in around 700 b.c., to the rule of Constantine in the early 4th century a.d. The authors incorporate important developments in recent scholarship, including ideas of gender, war and pacifism, imperialism and dissent, political propaganda, economy, cultural identity, racism, hygiene and diet, and public and private uses of space. The book highlights the modern relevance of classical antiquity, from its influence on contemporary politics to the representation of the female body in Western art, and concludes by charting the history of classical civilization. The extensive reference section includes biographies, an introduction to classical mythology, a glossary of technical terms and vase shapes, as well as a timeline, map, bibliography, and index.

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Author information

Nigel Spivey is a lecturer in classics at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include the award-winning "Understanding Greek Sculpture" (Thames & Hudson, 1996)""and" Etruscan Art" (Thames & Hudson, 1997). Michael Squire is a junior research fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge.

Review quote

"A sumptuous presentation of three ancient civilizations--Greeks, Etruscans and Romans."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"