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How do we get from the polis to the police? Or from Odysseus sirens to an ambulance s? The legacy of ancient Greece and Rome has been imitated, resisted, misunderstood, and reworked by every culture that followed. In this volume, some five hundred articles by a wide range of scholars investigate the afterlife of this rich heritage in the fields of literature, philosophy, a ...more
Hardcover, 1067 pages
Published February 21st 2010 by Belknap Press
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Cheryl
Enyclopedic, 1067 pages, 500 essays of the Western Classical Tradition. Open any page to learn or remember poets, plays, painters, myths, philosophers, ideas, architecture, oral histories, religions, and curiosities that continue to influence our politics, culture, and personhood. Thought to be the last physical book on the inclusive subject, this is a treasure for any library and a descriptive source for global understanding.

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I'm almost through the "A"s, and I already feel quantifiably more erudite!
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John Rogers
Encyclopedic. Creatively, but occasionally oddly, organized, at least from my probably limited perspective. But great to have around. Reading its entries will lead you off the track of your Classics 101 college course!
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A box of expensive chocolates - about a thousand chocolates. After several weeks of browsing I feel stuffed, but I'm not stopping.
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Professor of History, Princeton University.
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