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The Greek World 479-323 BC (The Routledge History of the Ancient World)

The Greek World 479-323 BC (The Routledge History of the Ancient World) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Hornblower
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'To write a standard history which contains the essential material and yet is interesting and says things which have not been said before is one of the hardest tasks. Hornblower has performed it excellently.' – Times Literary Supplement

'Hornblower's excellence as a historian, and his wide and responsible use of sources, together with attractive packaging, re-establishes the book's position as a benchmark for historians ... It is packed to the brim ... with an abundance of erudite observations.' – Scholia Reviews

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This is an indispensable guide to classical Greek history since its first publication. Now Simon Hornblower has comprehensively rewritten and revised his original text, bringing it up to date for another new generation of readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5195 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415602920
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (17 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QM9ONW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Ancient History Students 8 July 2008
Bought this book at the start of my First year taking Ancient history and Classical Studies, and just graduated (with a first!) and used this book in all three years.

Hornblower provides a clear and concise summary of events throughout the formative classical period which proved very useful as I came to grips with the subject area in my first year. On top of this, it is written with enough scholarly skill that I still used this book in my third year. Although obviously not completely comprehensive it covers most major themes and provides a great starting point for further study, aided by the brilliant bibliography.
Highly recommended.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential book for the period.. 1 Dec 2003
The Greek World is, quite simply, a handbook for anyone even remotely interested in ancient Greek civilisation. It is easy to read, yet provides a terrific amount of detail into the various cities and cultures in the Peloponnesus. This third edition has been extensively updated, and the easy-to-use footnotes point to many other interesting books which expand on the subject. It's the perfect book to cultivate an interest in Ancient Greece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 15 Mar 2006
This is the only guide to Greek history you'll ever need. Some of the finer points of chronology are disputed, but Hornblower's account is always objective and his careful referencing enables any attentive scholar to go further on their own.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful! 19 April 2013
By James
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of the worst history books i've ever read, I got it as a text book on a university course i'm taking on the Greek world and it is one of the most atrociously written academic books i've read. At times it's very difficult to understand because he seems to not have a decent grasp of the English language, it's not concise and yet lacks lots of relevant detail, not to mention that it's incredibly dull (how one makes the Peloponnesian war and Persian invasions dull is beyond me but Hornblower manages it with aplomb!!!).

I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone, despite the other books in the series being excellent (Amelie Kuhrt's Ancient Near East is great!), this really is terrible, please do yourself a favor and buy one of the multitude of other books on the topic.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring! 21 July 2008
By Ems
This book is dreadful! Its so dry and dull and impossible to get into. I kept falling asleep.You have to really want to absorb everything to glean anything from this book and even then you'll struggle.

whenever I put it down (for a much needed rest) I came away feeling cross and all I could remember about it was the amount of concentration needed to remain awake and focused. It is the literary equivalent of a challenging mountain climb with non of the satisfaction at reaching the summit.

This book has the power to damage an interest in the subject by presenting a one dimensional approach.
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