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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.
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on 10 September 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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on 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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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.
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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.
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on 18 February 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.

Also there's Murray's Classical Atlas.
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on 9 October 2013
I purchased this a a means of having a series of maps which I could easily refer to while I was reading associated books. The book was disappointing - the maps were there, but not a legible and large as I had expected. The binding was such that the book could not be made to stay open at the appropriate page without significant weighting down - not good for constant referral and the accompanying text (historical overview) is so general as to be just taking up good map space. After my initial scan though the book, it has remained unopened on my bookshelf.
Good for those wanting a little information on Ancient Greece but not for the serious student
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on 2 November 2014
As compared with some of other atlases I have it is not as great - although still very good; the writing is serious and well-meaning, and the maps informative, but it does not engage as some others do. The maps, however, are as great as they could be.
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on 28 August 2015
Easy to read, beautiful coloured maps and photos. Good to read or as a dip in reference book.
Text is lively and relevant, not heavy reading. Good general introduction to the times the peoples and the geography.
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on 22 September 2011
Saw the book at the Ashmolean in Oxford at the proper price. Then saw on Amazon once home for a bargain price. Keeps husband quiet. Recommended.
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