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The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (Penguin Historical Atlases) [Paperback]

Robert Morkot
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The cradle of Western civilisation, Ancient Greece was a land of contradictions and conflict. Intensely quarrelsome and competitive, the Greek city-states consistently proved unwilling and unable to unite. Yet, in spite of or even because of this internal discord, no ancient civilization proved so dynamic or productive. The Greeks not only colonized the Mediterranean and Black Sea areas but set standards of figurative art that endured for nearly 2500 years. Charting topics as diverse as Minoan civilization, The Persian Wars, the Athenian Golden Age and the conquests of Alexander the Great, the book traces the development of this creative and restless people and assesses their impact not only on the ancient world but also on our own attitudes and environment. The authoritative narrative, illustrated with over sixty full colour maps and over seventy plates, makes this an indispensable handbook for history students and enthusiasts alike.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140513353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140513356
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Robert Morkot is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Exeter.

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The history of Greece in the Classical and Hellenistic periods is extremely well documented, through the historical writings of Herodotos, Thucydides, Xenophon and others and in the many surviving fragments of other, now lost, works epitomized by the encyclopaedists of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, such as Diodoros, Strabo and Pliny. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ancient greece 10 Sep 2009
a very good overview of ancient Greece from the bronze age to Alexander. There are good maps. However if one wants to pursue any subject in depth one will have to look else where
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Ancient Greece 6 July 2004
This book offers a excellent basic view of Ancient Greek History in rougly chonological order, from the earliest farms of 7000 BC to the defeat of Mithridates in 63BC.
Each chapter combines concise explinations supported by a variety of colourful maps, photographs and diagrams to keep the reader interested.
Its a must for anyone new to the subject or those who have a general interest.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and fairly nasty 18 Feb 2010
For me an atlas is all about the maps. The text can be got elsewhere in better books, although having said that, Morkot's text in the Penguin Greek atlas is excellent.

I've got Penguin atlases of Greece, Rome and Egypt, and they are all the same - well-meaning, but barely worth the money, because they are done too much on the cheap. I find there's a huge amount of stuff I've had to add to the maps and to the indexes. But unfortunately, I'd have to recommend these Penguins, because you've got no real alternative unless you can afford a Barrington.

However, you should look at Samuel Butler's Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography. Everyman published it in 1907, but their 1933 and 1952 editions used entirely different maps. Amazon now (as from 2010) do a paperback reprint of the original edition (a disaster - see my review of it!), or you can find it on Gutenberg. It is to some extent Victorian or even Georgian guesswork (Butler died in 1839, but his son revised the maps), and you'll need a magnifying glass to read it, but still it is a minor treasure.
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