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The Greek World 479-323 BC (The Routledge History of the Ancient World) by [Hornblower, Simon]
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'To write a standard history which contains the essential material and yet is interesting and says things which have not been said before is one of the hardest tasks. Hornblower has performed it excellently.' – Times Literary Supplement

'Hornblower's excellence as a historian, and his wide and responsible use of sources, together with attractive packaging, re-establishes the book's position as a benchmark for historians ... It is packed to the brim ... with an abundance of erudite observations.' – Scholia Reviews

About the Author

Simon Hornblower is Professor of Ancient History at University College London. He was previously a Fellow of Oriel College and Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford. His many publications in Greek history and classical civilization include Greek Historiography (2000), A commentary on Thucydides (1997), The Oxford Classical Dictionary (edited with Antony Spawforth, 1996), and The Cambridge Ancient History Vol. VI: The Fourth Century BC (edited with D. M. Lewis, John Boardman and Martin Ostwald, 1994).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6784 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415602920
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (17 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QM9ONW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #746,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is certainly very informative, however his writing style is not the best for me, at times there are just far too many bracketed (and lengthy) notes within the text, making the reading experience rather broken up and irritating.
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Bought this book at the start of my First year taking Ancient history and Classical Studies, and just graduated (with a first!) and used this book in all three years.

Hornblower provides a clear and concise summary of events throughout the formative classical period which proved very useful as I came to grips with the subject area in my first year. On top of this, it is written with enough scholarly skill that I still used this book in my third year. Although obviously not completely comprehensive it covers most major themes and provides a great starting point for further study, aided by the brilliant bibliography.
Highly recommended.
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Although thoroughly comprehensive, Hornblower sucks the life out of the subject, and which would kill the interest of any human being with a soul. Some of the writing, particularly what covers the start of Peloponnesian war, and the Athenian Empire covered in Chapter 3 and onward.

My recommendation: If you need this book to get you through a degree, fair enough. Otherwise; there are other, more interesting, and wholly less mind numbing than Hornblower.

It's saving grace is Hornblower's thorough and extensive bibliography which you can use to great effect.
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By James on 19 April 2013
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One of the worst history books i've ever read, I got it as a text book on a university course i'm taking on the Greek world and it is one of the most atrociously written academic books i've read. At times it's very difficult to understand because he seems to not have a decent grasp of the English language, it's not concise and yet lacks lots of relevant detail, not to mention that it's incredibly dull (how one makes the Peloponnesian war and Persian invasions dull is beyond me but Hornblower manages it with aplomb!!!).

I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone, despite the other books in the series being excellent (Amelie Kuhrt's Ancient Near East is great!), this really is terrible, please do yourself a favor and buy one of the multitude of other books on the topic.
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