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Greece: History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization [Hardcover]

Stefano Maggi
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6 Jan 2009
This lavishly illustrated volume invites readers to delve into the source of the oldest and most authentic roots of Western civilization, and to immerse themselves in the world of the ancient Greeks-their historical development, cultural horizons, art, and architecture. Hundreds of photographs, aerial views, three-dimensional reconstructions, and details of artifacts reveal the groundbreaking genius of this remarkable civilization. From Minos to the Roman conquest, historical milestones in Greek civilization are examined in an authoritative yet accessible text that presents the most up-to-date findings on the development of Greek art, architecture, and religion. Encompassing its artistic and architectural legacy, military victories, aspects of everyday life, and its inevitable decline, this volume is at once meticulously researched and highly engaging, presenting a well-rounded perspective on the breadth of Greek culture. Chapters include: The Origins of Ancient Greece, The Rise of Greece, Greek Dark Ages: Social and Political Conflicts, The Dominance of Athens, The Rise of Macedon, The Conquest of Alexander, and Greek Society.

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  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: White Star (6 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8854404586
  • ISBN-13: 978-8854404588
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 32.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,074,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book about ancient Greece 3 Oct 2011
This beautiful book about ancient Greece is published by the Italian publisher White Star, which specializes in picture books in large format. It is a volume in the series "History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization."

The text is written by Stefano Maggi, who is a professor of classical archaeology at the University of Pavia. The English translation is done by Catherine Bolton.

The book begins with an introduction and a chronological survey accompanied by a map of the eastern half of the Mediterranean Sea. The main text is divided into five chapters. Here are the headlines:

* 1 - The Origins
* 2 - The Archaic Period
* 3 - The Classical Period
* 4 - The 4th Century
* 5 - Hellenism

At the end of the book we find a conclusion ("The Legacy of Greece"), an index, a bibliography and photo credits.

The text is illustrated by numerous illustrations. All photos are in colour. The size is large and the quality is high.

This book covers several aspects of ancient Greece: history, archaeology and culture as well as art and architecture. The geographical scope is not just Greece, but also cities founded by Greek pioneers in foreign lands, mostly located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. This network of cities in the Greek "diaspora" is known by the Latin term "Magna Graecia."

I like this book, but I have to mention two things which bother me:

(1) The MAP on pp 14-15: according to this map, Cyrene is located on the coast of North Africa. But this city is located inland, ca. 20 km from the coast. Incidentally, Cyrene is not mentioned in the text.
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