- Paperback: 832 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (23 Sept. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198609582
- ISBN-13: 978-0198609582
- Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 3.6 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (Oxford Companions) Paperback – 23 Sep 2004
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Review from previous edition beautifully illustrated and intelligently reader friendly (TLS)
This is a serious book as well as an attractive one (T. P. Wiseman, TLS)
a cut above (Booklist)
magnificent (Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph (reviewing OCD))
a classic...a highly readable and browseable delight...should be in every reference collection (B. Juhl, Choice (reviewing OCD))
a delight for anyone with any curiosity about the roots of our Western culture...a browser's paradise, and I would think a researcher's quick rescuer (Arthur Miller, London Review of Books (reviewing OCD))
the third edition of The Oxford Classical Dictionary should be saluted (Nigel Spivey, Guardian (reviewing OCD))
a remarkable feat...Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth deserve a round of applause for the spread, exactness and range of this massive overhaul (Robin Lane Fox, Observer (reviewing OCD))
offers not only that breakfast for the mind we keep hearing about, but lunch, tea, dinner, supper and non-stop snacks...offers a cornucopia of accurate and succinct knowledge that would be hard to equal ((Peter Green, Washington Times (reviewing OCD))
the ultimate useful book (Peter Jones, Sunday Telegraph (reviewing OCD))
an astonishing book (Robert Beaumont, Yorkshire Evening Press (reviewing OCD))
the book's substance speaks for itself: 364 distinguished scholars contribute scrupulously sourced intellectual meat of a texture that Socrates himself would savour (Sunday Times (reviewing OCD))
For classical scholars, the Oxford Classical Dictionary is what Wisden is for cricket fans: the one indispensable reference book...this book is more than a crossword-filler's vade mecum. In the sense of our collective intellectual domestication, it is a household object. (The Week (reviewing OCD))
About the Author
Simon Hornblower is Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University College London. He is the author and editor of many books (see books by the same author). Antony Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is also a well-known presenter of television programmes on archaeological and classical subjects in the BBC series 'Ancient Voices'. He has written and edited many books (see books by the same author).
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Magna Grecia produced the biggest leaps in mathematical development in the history of the subject, with Euclid's Elements never being out of print for over 2 millenia. With this is mind why are there not separate entries for the most famous geometers: Archimedes, Eudoxus, Ptolemy, Appolonius etc. No mention of the 3 classical problems of antiquity is also a shocking omission, especially as the research program around them was one of the main motors of greek mathematical development.
I fear this relegation of mathematics is due either to a belief that the readership of this book would not be interested or its a topic that the editors did not feel personally comfortable with. Plato appreciated the importance of the subject, placing an inscription over his Academy which I've twisted for the title of this review.
However, given the amount that has to be crammed into a single volume I have so far found the entries to be excellent. And, it does it's job, helping to provide information on something that might be relatively fleetingly, but intregingly, mentioned in some other book that one is reading.
For the amount I paid for my second-hand copy I feel a bit mean in only giving 4 stars.
In this instance,this book is a COMPANION to classical civilisation. It contains thousands of entries and articles relating to probably every subject pertaining to the classical world. This book is an excellent guide to the general student of the classics in that it will explain subjects to you and from there, the student can look elsewhere for more detailed elucidation.
The entries are easily understandable and there are numerous longer essays on major subjects (Socrates, Drama etc.) which makes the book even more valuable.
The book is excellent value for money bearing in mind the wealth of information contained therein. Books like these are not the be all and end all for studies, but guide you and inform. Sufficient to understand the general principles of a subject. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fantastic companion guide not a traditional textbook but more like an encyclopaedia a good referencing tool for surePublished 19 months ago by S. MCDERMOTT
Bought if for my OU course and was really pleased with the price and deliveryPublished 19 months ago by AS
This book has nothing to do with GCSE classical civilisation - which is why I bought it. Having said that it is full on short facts and information about the classical period so I... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2014 by julie mulhern
I bought both the book and cd rom and the cd rom was definitely the better buy. That said the book was very handy for some facts and info but I felt it was maybe too vague at... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Miss Sharon L Wells
Really easy to dip in and out of. You are not bogged down with lengthy text, and if you want to look up things on a particular subject, say mythology, this is easy to do so.Published on 6 Sept. 2013 by Dream Always