Classical World An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian

ISBN-10: 0465024971

ISBN-13: 9780465024971

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robin Lane Fox

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The classical civilizations of Greece and Rome once dominated the world, and they continue to fascinate and inspire us. Classical art and architecture, drama and epic, philosophy and politics-these are the foundations of Western civilization. In The Classical World, eminent classicist Robin Lane Fox brilliantly chronicles this vast sweep of history from Homer to the reign of Hadrian. From the Peloponnesian War through the creation of Athenian democracy, from the turbulent empire of Alexander the Great to the creation of the Roman Empire and the emergence of Christianity, Fox serves as our witty and trenchant guide. He introduces us to extraordinary heroes and horrific villains, great thinkers and blood-thirsty tyrants. Throughout this vivid tour of two of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known, we remain in the hands of a great master.
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List price: $22.99
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 4/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of Maps
Preface
Hadrian and the Classical World
The Archaic Greek World
Homeric Epic
The Greeks' Settlements
Aristocrats
The Immortal Gods
Tyrants and Lawgivers
Sparta
The Eastern Greeks
Towards Democracy
The Persian Wars
The Western Greeks
The Classical Greek World
Conquest and Empire
A Changing Greek Cultural World
Pericles and Athens
The Peloponnesian War
Socrates
Fighting for Freedom and Justice
Women and Children
Philip of Macedon
The Two Philosophers
Fourth-Century Athenians
Hellenistic Worlds
Alexander the Great
Alexander's Early Successors
Life in the Big Cities
Taxes and Technologies
The New World
Rome Reaches Out
The Peace of the Gods
Liberation in the South
Hannibal and Rome
Diplomacy and Dominance
The Roman Republic
Luxury and Licence
Turbulence at Home and Abroad
Pompey's Triumphs
The World of Cicero
The Rise of Julius Caesar
The Spectre of Civil War
The Fatal Dictator
Liberation Betrayed
From Republic to Empire
Antony and Cleopatra
The Making of the Emperor
Morals and Society
Spectator Sports
The Roman Army
The New Age
An Imperial World
The Julio-Claudians
Ruling the Provinces
Effects of Empire
Christianity and Roman Rule
Surviving Four Emperors
The New Dynasty
The Last Days of Pompeii
A New Man in Action
A Pagan and Christians
Regime Change, Home and Away
Presenting the Past
Hadrian: A Retrospective
Notes
Select Bibliography
Commentary on the Illustrations
Index
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