The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization Hardcover – 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)) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Dr Simon Hornblower is Senior Lecturer in Greek, Latin, and Ancient History at University College London. He is Co-Director, with M. H. Hansen, of the Copenhagen Polis Centre. Dr Antony Spawforth is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Greek Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he is also Curator of the Shefton Museum. He is also a well-known presenter of television programmes on archaeological and classical subjects in the continuing BBC series Ancient Voices'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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