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From the epic poems of Homer through the glittering art and architecture of Greece's Golden Age to the influential Roman systems of law and leadership, the classical world established the foundations of our culture as well as many of its most enduring achievements. Now available in a smaller, more convenient format, the astonishingly in-depth and widely praised Oxford Hist ...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published March 14th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 10th 1988)
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Chris
Fairly solid account of ancient Greek history, society, and culture. Each of the essays in this collection tackles a separate aspect of Greek life -- politics, warfare, drama, art, epic poetry, religion, philosophy, and so forth. As expected, the chapters are of varying quality, depending on the author. The studies focusing on Homer (by Oliver Taplin), Greek "historians" like Herodotus and Thucydides (by Oswyn Murray), and Greek plays (Peter Levi) were particularly engaging.

While some material i
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Zach Augustine
I read every page of this long book so I could write this review in earnest. It's a passable introduction in the guise of an unfocused collection of essays. Look elsewhere (see below).

Each essay falls short of covering its subject at any depth to satisfy someone who is already knowledgeable. There are 16 of these essays. Taken as a whole, the length would make it unbearable to the uninitiated while, at the same time, the shallowness offers little to those actually interested in Greece.

The indiv
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Theodore
This book was not really well titled, since history, strictly speaking, makes up very little of this book. Of the sixteen chapters of this book, only three are historical in the sense of dealing with major events, politics and chronologies, and one on Greek historiography. The rest of the book focuses on culture, and, with the expectation of one chapter dealing with ‘life and society’, it is about elite culture (arts, philosophy, poetry and the like). I would have liked to have seen more social ...more
Andrew
I had to fight through the chapters about the art, so I realized there are certain aspects of ancient culture that just don't interest me as much. Still, a very enjoyable read.
Johanne
Failed to live up to its promise. Too academic to be an easy or relaxing read but not well enough referenced to be academically useful. Aain the level of information fell badly between two levels, too superficial for anyone looking to extend their knowledge but too chewy for anyone coming to the subject with little or no previous knowledge. Essays were varied in quality and some could do with updating; they contradicted material I knew from recent study.
Peter Ferrari
Too much information, too scattered without a strong narrative thread. The "highbrowness" of the articles also ensure that it is not a tome that you can pick up and dip into as you please. Slightly disappointing.
Juan Pablo
Leí sólo un par de capítulos, pero me pareció bastante completa, y los temas están tratados con profundidad, pero sin ser inaccesibles para alguien no experto.
Grandpa
Sep 20, 2008 Grandpa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History buffs
Recommended to Grandpa by: Broused the Library
Insightful reviews by different scholars of the history of Ancient Greece and separate aspects of the lives and accomplishments of Ancient Greeks.
Daniel
Good primer. Liked the different authors each with their own perspective. Robin Lane Fox is always fun.
Sarah
I don't have to read all of this for class but so far the chapters I have read are interesting!
Victor Whitman
A good introduction to the various subjects in the ancient Greek world.
Marc
Goede, soms heel gespecialiseerde inleidingen en overzichten.
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