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The Greek World 479-323 BC (The Routledge History of the Ancient World) Hardcover – Jun 2001


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415163269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415163262
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,357,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Simon Hornblower is Professor of Ancient History at University College London. He was previously a Fellow of Oriel College and Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford. His many publications in Greek history and classical civilization include Greek Historiography (2000), A commentary on Thucydides (1997), The Oxford Classical Dictionary (edited with Antony Spawforth, 1996), and The Cambridge Ancient History Vol. VI: The Fourth Century BC (edited with D. M. Lewis, John Boardman and Martin Ostwald, 1994).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. H. Jones on 8 July 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By "freakin_nutcase" on 1 Dec 2003
Format: Paperback
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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By James on 21 Nov 2014
Format: Paperback
Although thoroughly comprehensive, Hornblower sucks the life out of the subject, and which would kill the interest of any human being with a soul. Some of the writing, particularly what covers the start of Peloponnesian war, and the Athenian Empire covered in Chapter 3 and onward.

My recommendation: If you need this book to get you through a degree, fair enough. Otherwise; there are other, more interesting, and wholly less mind numbing than Hornblower.

It's saving grace is Hornblower's thorough and extensive bibliography which you can use to great effect.
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