This is a good book for the price, but will frustrate most people as it is not illustrated. I wanted to understand what was happening geographically as well as politically but could not find the maps showing details from the right period online, and felt tied to my computer sometimes without reward. The text does also show it’s age, particularly in respect to recent archaeology. Nonetheless it was a pretty gripping read considering the subject matter and did link and clarify what I already knew very well. In this respect it did perform as advertised and I’m very happy with my purchase. I’d recommend this to anyone interested in the period, whether for it’s philosophy, architecture, culture, military history or politics.