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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (16 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853996998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853996993
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Renshaw studied Classics at Oxford University between 1993 and 1997. Upon leaving university, he felt that he hadn't had enough of the Greeks and Romans and so headed into teaching the subject, first of all at Sydney Grammar School, Australia, followed by a brief stint at Westminster Under School in London. In September 2001, he joined Colet Court (where he is Head of Classics) and its senior school, St Paul's (where he teaches in the department). He is also a marker of classical subjects for the OCR exam board. Having taught Classical Civilisation to GCSE, he felt that there was a great shortage of teaching resources and so has collaborated with both Bristol Classical Press and Oxford University Press to remedy this. He has richly enjoyed learning much more about the ancient world through writing these books, and hopes that he makes the civilisation interesting, entertaining and accessible for students and any other readers who want to learn about the Greeks and Romans. Away from writing, he loves travelling, not least in Italy with a gelato in hand. He is an avid cricket follower and loves Indian food, while his musical tastes range from Rachmaninov to Van Morrison.

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James Renshaw is Head of Classics at Colet Court and teacher of Classics at St Paul's School, London.

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This is an absolutely brilliant book! If you want to learn how the Greeks lived, this is the definitive book. The section on religion is terrific as Greek religion usually gets sweapt under the carpet in the desire to talk about the myths. Then follows two excellent sections on two of the greatest cultural gifts of the Greeks, the theatre and the Olympic Games, describing the events of each in detail and setting them well within their religious and cultural contexts. The attention is turned to Athens next, with thorough examinations of first how the Athenians lived and then how they ruled themselves, picking apart the fabric of democracy much more clearly than many books (though it does trip itself up when it says that the presidency of the council was held by each tribe for one Athenian month, despite the fact that there were twelve months in the Athenian year but only ten tribes!). Finally, the Spartan experience is picked apart in great detail.
The writing is detailed but to the point and thoroughly enguaging, adequetly supported by photographs and diagrams, which again are sorely lacking from many books on the subject! The only real weakness of the book is the section in the Spartan chapter on Greek warfare, which seem to me a bit lacking in detail. Still, as I have spent a great deal of time researching that topic, perhaps my standards are rather too high and it should not detract from the fact that this is a truly exceptional publication that every would-be classical scholar should have!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Dando on 21 Jun. 2008
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Once I picked this up I could instantly see that 'Renners' had done it again. - I could not put it down! It covers all aspects of Greek language and civilization for a student. It is not only very informative but the stories are told in such intriguing and memorable ways - perfect for exams. The chapters are closely linked so the reader can start to build up a picture of the Greek civilization as a a whole. This is an unbelievable book which you cannot afford to miss!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Mckelvie on 28 May 2008
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all y ou need for an A* in the gcse, wonderful, helps so much to have proper notes on a subject that suffers from poor teaching in most institutions due to low numbers of pupills taking classs civ.
after the exam i read the other chapters which were very interesting
a must for class civ takers and those interested in ancient greece
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