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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (18 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192854380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192854384
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.4 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sir John Boardman is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford, and has been based at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, since 1955. Jasper Griffin is Professor of Classical Literature, University of Oxford, and Dyson Fellow in Greek Culture, Jowett Fellow, Jowett Lecturer and Tutor in Classics, Balliol College, Oxford. Oswyn Murray is MacGregor Fellow, Jowett Fellow, Jowett Lecturer, and Tutor in Ancient History, Balliol College, Oxford.


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First published in 1986, then in 1988, and republished in 2001, this book is a great collection of specialist essays on topics relevant to the history of Greece and the Hellenestic World. Framed by an introduction by Jasper Griffin, the essays offered are:
1. Greece: The history of the Archaic period (George Forrest)
2. Homer (Oliver Taplin)
3. Greek myth and Hesiod (Jasper Griffin)
4. Lyric and elegiac poetry (Ewen Bowie)
5. Early Greek philosophy (Marti nWest)
6. Greece: The history of the Classical period (Simon Hornblower)
7. Greek drama (Peter Levi)
8. Greek historians (Oswyn Murray)
9. Life and society in Classical Greece (Oswyn Murray)
10. Classical Greek philosophy (Julia Annas)
11. Greek religion (Robert Parker)
12. Greek art and architecture (John Boardman)
13. The history of the Hellenistic period (Simon Price)
14. Hellenistic culture and literature (Robin Lane Fox)
15. Hellenistic philosophy and science (Jonathan Barnes)
16. Hellenistic and Gaeco-Roman art (Roger Ling)

The essays are written by specialists in their field, and amply illustrated. There are a number of relevant and useful maps, and tables of events. At 450+ pages, this is a very useful, highly readable, most informative and thoroughly worthwhile read – either for someone wanting to delve for the first time into the period and the people, or for someone wanting to look further into a particular topic or area of Greek history. Definitely recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9493045c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
HASH(0x94a6400c) out of 5 stars Oxford publications are always a great addition to my non-fiction library. 14 Dec. 2014
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I always gravitate toward Oxford historical publications, especially foundational overviews. I've never been disappointed.
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HASH(0x94ab0120) out of 5 stars Packed Full 13 Oct. 2011
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The Oxford Illustrated History of Greece and The Hellenistic World was a very good purchase for my Daughter. She loved it and will fill the gaps she was concerned about.
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HASH(0x94a66324) out of 5 stars Good -- but, "history"? 24 Nov. 2012
By Larry N. Stout - Published on Amazon.com
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Although there is much of interest in this authoritative book, "history" is not an apt description, since the book is fundamentally organized (or, perhaps I should say disorganized) around aspects of culture, treated rather pedantically. History necessarily involves a timeline -- something that is much subordinated in this esoteric volume.
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