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The Oxford History Of Greece & The Hellenistic World Paperback – 7 Mar 2002
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From reviews of The Oxford History of the Classical World: the book is truly excellent the standard of the contributions is extraordinarily high (Observer)
this book has no equal and would be difficult to better (Books and Bookmen)
About the Author
John Boardman is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art, Lincoln College, Oxford. Dr Oswyn Murray is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at Baliol College, Oxford. Dr Jasper Griffin is Tutor in Ancient History at Baliol College, Oxford.
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The book itself is very well designed, arranged in sections that follow loosely a chronological order. Rather than aiming to give the reader a dry run-through of every significant event in Greek history, the book aims to provide its reader with an insight into, and an understanding of, the most important features of Greek history and culture. All the time, however, the chronological structure provides one with a sense of progression and development, and also prevents the reader with no prior knowledge of the period from becoming confused as to where everything fits in.
I don't honestly feel that any topic has been overlooked or neglected in the creation of this book. Greek history is a vast and absorbing topic - this book is concise and relatively short, so inevitably the reader comes away feeling that there is a great deal more that he/she would like to find out. Each section provides details of further reading to help with this. There is also a detailed time-line of events and some good maps, which contribute to the books usefulness as a reference tool.
The contributors are eminent academics who specialise in the areas that they discuss in the book. More importantly the contributors are not all the same type of academic and the different tones of their analyes are conveyed, though not over-poweringly, in their sections. Each topic is fairly treated with due consideration given to the most prevalent schools of thought in that area.Read more ›
1. Greece: The history of the Archaic period (George Forrest)
2. Homer (Oliver Taplin)
3. Greek myth and Hesiod (Jasper Griffin)
4. Lyric and elegiac poetry (Ewen Bowie)
5. Early Greek philosophy (Marti nWest)
6. Greece: The history of the Classical period (Simon Hornblower)
7. Greek drama (Peter Levi)
8. Greek historians (Oswyn Murray)
9. Life and society in Classical Greece (Oswyn Murray)
10. Classical Greek philosophy (Julia Annas)
11. Greek religion (Robert Parker)
12. Greek art and architecture (John Boardman)
13. The history of the Hellenistic period (Simon Price)
14. Hellenistic culture and literature (Robin Lane Fox)
15. Hellenistic philosophy and science (Jonathan Barnes)
16. Hellenistic and Gaeco-Roman art (Roger Ling)
The essays are written by specialists in their field, and amply illustrated. There are a number of relevant and useful maps, and tables of events. At 450+ pages, this is a very useful, highly readable, most informative and thoroughly worthwhile read – either for someone wanting to delve for the first time into the period and the people, or for someone wanting to look further into a particular topic or area of Greek history. Definitely recommended.
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This book was on our list for classics; I like it but I think some of the chapters are trying to pack in too much so the sentence structure is ridiculous. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by Shea
The book is impressive and very good, one can imagine the scholars sitting 'round a table at All Souls debating it.Published on 8 Dec. 2010 by Rob
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