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Birth of Classical Europe A History from Troy to Augustine

ISBN-10: 0670022470
ISBN-13: 9780670022472
Edition: 2011
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Description: An innovative and intriguing look at the foundations of Western civilization from two leading historians. The influence of ancient Greece and Rome can be seen in every aspect of our lives. From calendars to democracy to the very languages we speak,  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/17/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

An innovative and intriguing look at the foundations of Western civilization from two leading historians. The influence of ancient Greece and Rome can be seen in every aspect of our lives. From calendars to democracy to the very languages we speak, Western civilization owes a debt to these classical societies. Yet the Greeks and Romans did not emerge fully formed; their culture grew from an active engagement with a deeper past, drawing on ancient myths and figures to shape vibrant civilizations. In The Birth of Classical Europe, the latest entry in the Penguin History of Europe, historians Simon Price and Peter Thonemann present a fresh perspective on classical culture in a book full of revelations about civilizations we thought we knew. In this impeccably researched and immensely readable history we see the ancient world unfold before us, with its grand cast of characters stretching from the great Greeks of myth to the world-shaping Caesars. A landmark achievement, The Birth of Classical Europeprovides insight into an epoch that is both incredibly foreign and surprisingly familiar.

Peter Thonemann is Forrest-Derow Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Wadham College, Oxford. He is the author of The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium (2011), the winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League's prestigious Runciman Prize 2012 and co-author (with Simon Price) of The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine (2010). His most recent book is an edited collection of essays on Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations and the State (2013).

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Aegean World: Minoans, Mycenaeans and Trojans: c. 1750-1100 BC
The Mediterranean, the Levant and Middle Europe: 1100-800 BC
Greece, Phoenicians and the Western Mediterranean: 800-480 BC
Greece, Europe and Asia: 480-334 BC
Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World: 334-146 BC
Rome, Carthage and the West: 500-146 BC
Rome, Italy and Empire: 146 BC-AD 14
The Roman Empire: AD 14-284
The Later Roman Empire: AD 284-425
Further Reading
Date Chart
Index

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