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Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
on 17 June 2013
I've had this book for several years, and referred to it regularly while undertaking a paper on Ancient Greece. The Penguin range of Historical Atlases are, certainly the ones that I own or have read, very good. They are value for money, offering good summations of major points in the topic they are about. In this instance, the book offers breakdowns of Ancient Greek history as:
Crete, Mycenae and the Heroic Age
Dark Age to Athenian Ascendancy
The Persian Rival
Perikles to Philip
Alexander and After
I do not believe the book purports to be a definitive source; where they are invaluable is that they offer, in summaries of only a few pages long, key points and outlines of particular subtopics, together with timelines putting the topics in a broader historical context. The maps in particular also offer a wonderful visual aid. These Historical Atlases, and this one as well, offer a student a quick and ready reference to any particular place, time or topic. They are to be used best, in my opinion, as additional material to add to serious and scholarly reading for a more indepth learning. However, if you are reading a book on, for example, the Mycenean World, or the Greek settlements in Italy, or the Peloponnesian War, this book offers a valuable additional resource to consolidate and solidify your reading and learning experience.
Key terms are defined, further reading suggestions are offered, and the book offers, as a whole, a resource that I have found myself referring to often. Totally and utterly recommended.